New MBUX will be found on the brand’s upcoming compact models, including the A-Class

Mercedes-Benz will be in attendance at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, and a big part of its presentation will revolve around its new infotainment system. It’s called “Mercedes-Benz User Experience,” or MBUX for short. More importantly, the new system will feature state-of-the-art technology that’s based on artificial intelligence and an intuitive operating system that will create a “pioneering in-car experience.” Yes, Mercedes is bringing the future to CES. We can’t wait.

From a purely functional standpoint, Mercedes’ new MBUX infotainment system is next level business. The German automaker didn’t elaborate on all the technological wizardry that this system will have at its disposal, but throwing out phrases like “artificial intelligence” and “intuitive operating system” is a good sign that there’s more to this new unit than we first expected.

As far as aesthetics go, we already know what it’s going to look like based on images that were shared of the next-generation A-Class’ interior. We can expect a pair of 7-inch displays on standard units while higher-trim models stand to get a pair of 10.25-inch displays or one 7-inch and another 10.25-inch screen. It’s a markedly different setup from the traditional panels we’ve seen in the past.

The new MUBX will also be used on a number of other models apart from the A-Class. The B-Class MPV will also get it, as will the CLA four-door coupe, CLA Shooting Brake, GLA, and possibly another crossover that has yet to be named.

Expectations are high for the MUBX system and all of its promised features. Here’s to hoping that it lives up to all the hype.

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Press release

Mercedes-Benz will focus on the world premiere of the completely new infotainment system in the guise of the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (CES; 9 - 12 January 2018). Featuring innovative technology based on artificial intelligence and an intuitive operating system, the MBUX is set to usher in a new era in terms of infotainment and Mercedes me connectivity. To ensure a pioneering in-car experience, the technology will be introduced as standard equipment in the next compact car generation as early as 2018.

The official unveiling of the new infotainment system takes place on January 9, 2018 as part of the press conference being held at 12 noon (PST) at the 613 m2 Mercedes-Benz stand. The press conference can also be followed live via Mercedes me media.

In addition, Mercedes-Benz will display the Concept EQA, smart vision EQ fortwo and the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE show cars in Las Vegas.

Moreover, Las Vegas is also the final stop of the "Intelligent World Drive", with which Mercedes-Benz has tested automated drive functions on all five continents. This has enabled the experts to gather information from all over the globe in real traffic conditions in order to adapt future automated and autonomous driving functions to the country-specific user and traffic situations. The automated test drives in the greater Los Angeles area, and subsequently at the CES in Las Vegas, concentrated on the assessment of driving behaviour in dense city traffic and on highways. The “Intelligent World Drive” test vehicle, which is based on the S-Class Saloon, will be on display at the CES.

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