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Mercedes MBUX infotainment system finally ditches all those menus

With a simpler, prettier interface and additional AI and connected capabilities, MBUX is ready to make up for everything we disliked about its predecessor.

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Instead of relying on a single input type, MBUX brings the touchscreen back into action, working alongside both a touchpad and touch-sensitive buttons on the steering wheel.

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The MBUX system involves two widescreen displays, one to replace the traditional gauge cluster and one for the infotainment.    

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The gauge cluster screen has a traditional two-gauge layout, but those gauges can be changed out for others.    

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Over on the right, a home screen displays large images for quick-tap access to media, navigation and phone menus.     

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Full-screen navigation maps always look so fancy.

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This is a huge UI upgrade from the previous Comand system.

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There's also a new digital assistant.     

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By saying, "Hey, Mercedes," drivers can do things like get weather information or change the climate control settings.

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MBUX will debut on the new Mercedes A-Class. In markets outside the US, that'll happen in the spring.     

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In the US, where we'll get a sedan variant instead of the hatchback, the debut won't happen until late 2018.

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