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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.

Andrew Krok
Cars are Andrew's jam, as is strawberry. After spending years as a regular ol' car fanatic, he started working his way through the echelons of the automotive industry, starting out as social-media director of a small European-focused garage outside of Chicago. From there, he moved to the editorial side, penning several written features in Total 911 Magazine before becoming a full-time auto writer, first for a local Chicago outlet and then for CNET Cars.
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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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