Country road, take me home…
Just a year into the life of the new E-Class, Mercedes-Benz has seen fit to roll out some updates into its popular saloon, with enhancements focused on the company’s proprietary ‘Linguatronic’ voice control system as well as a handful of other luxury convenience features.
“The enhanced Linguatronic voice control system is making an evolutionary leap forward, opening up sophisticated new control options,” the company says. Along with the 450 commands that are built-in to the car itself (the system is not reliant on an internet connection), the commands have been designed to be simple, natural, and almost human. Saying “take me home” will set the sat-nav to bring you home, for example, so don’t sing that John Denver song halfway through your road trip.
There’s also been a revision to the infotainment system, with the standard Audio20 multimedia system, that allows the base media system to be specced up with two 12.3-inch high-definition displays (you only get 8.4-inches as standard for the media system, while the instrument dials are still physical dials) to achieve the ‘widescreen cockpit’ that the higher end models enjoy. These are options of course, which you can pair up to an ‘SD Map navigation package’ to get live traffic info.
The TouchControl multifunction steering wheel now gains audible feedback to make inputs more intuitive, the electric boot closing feature can now be triggered by nudging the lid slightly, there are now two new Nappa leather hues and two open-pore wood finishes to choose from, and the ambient lighting has been upgraded. On the latter, there are now up to 64 colours to bathe the cabin, with 10 colour schemes that “emphasise the high-tech setting” of the interior. There’s even a new “dynamic mode” that changes colours automatically to welcome the driver for example, as well as light up an area in red should that passenger raise the temperature on the climate control for that zone.
Naturally, this tech adds onto the various high-tech features that the E-Class already comes with, which you can read about in our review. So far, there has been no official communication from Mercedes-Benz Australia regarding when we can expect to see these upgrades on local-spec cars, though we anticipate that the updates will be rolled out soon.