2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class gains advanced voice control

By David Bonnici, 13 Jul 2017 Car News

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class gains advanced voice control

The E-Class’s speech recognition is overhauled and the interior given a makeover as part of a model upgrade for Mercedes’ tech titan

Mercedes-Benz has announced a series of updates for its E-Class range, the most notable of which is a new version of its Linguatronic voice control system that activates a string of extra vehicle functions.

Described as an "evolutionary leap forward”, Linguatronic now works beyond the infotainment system to change settings of a broad range of functions including climate control, heated seats, rear window demister and ambient lighting.

You can also ask for information such as remaining fuel range, current speed limit or when the next service is due in up to 22 languages – double that of the current system.

The system recognises up to 450 voice commands, depending on language, which are designed to be simple, intuitive and natural as possible. For example, if you need directions simply saying "Navigate to xy" is sufficient to launch navigation to the next destination unlike other systems which take you through several steps.

The upgrade also includes new interior trim options with additional wood trim finishes, updated Nappa leather colour options (Macchiato Beige or Yacht Blue), and an enhanced ambient lighting system with a choice of 64 colours.

Other additions include two USB charging ports in the rear, updated touch control buttons on the steering wheel with audible feedback and a boot closing function that works with a gentle push of the boot lid.

A Mercedes-Benz Australia spokesman told WhichCar it is still waiting for confirmation on which updates will make it in Australia-bound E-Class models and when.

This is the first upgrade of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class which was first launched at the 2016 Detroit Motor Show in January that year and has seen a gradual roll out of variants including coupe and cabriolet.