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Mercedes-Benz V-Class to get MBUX, here in June

Mercedes-Benz’s people carrier is the next model to get the MBUX multimedia system.
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Mercedes-Benz promised it would roll out the MBUX multimedia system across its range and that included members of the Mercedes-Benz Vans range.

Before year’s end, the Mercedes-Benz V-Class will be available to order with the MBUX multimedia system in Europe – it'll be available in Australia from June 2020.

This follows the introduction of MBUX to the redesigned Sprinter line last year.

As in the Sprinter, the V-Class will be available with a choice of two touchscreen sizes: 7-inch or 10.25-inch. The system can also be controlled via a touchpad located on the centre console.

There’s no difference in operation between the V-Class and the wider Mercedes line-up. You can press a steering wheel button or say “Hey Mercedes” to activate the voice control system, allowing you to verbally control all aspects of the infotainment and some aspects of vehicle operation.

There are also prediction features where the system will recognise the driver’s next activity. One example Mercedes-Benz cites is if you’re on your way home and usually call ahead, the infotainment screen will display the number as a suggestion.

Early last year, Daimler CEO Ola Källenius, then the head of research and development at Mercedes-Benz Cars, said the system would quickly proliferate throughout the Mercedes-Benz range and it would be available in every model “within a couple of years”.

Mercedes-Benz is close to reaching that goal. The V-Class joins the new A-Class, CLA-Class, B-Class, GLB, GLC, EQC, GLE, GLS and Sprinter in receiving the system.

Unlike past technical enhancements, the roll-out of MBUX is radiating up from the bottom of the range instead of trickling down from the flagship S-Class.

The upcoming, second-generation GLA-Class will be next and spy photos indicate the refreshed 2020 E-Class will also pick it up.

When will MBUX be available on the Australian V-Class?

We've contacted Mercedes-Benz to see when local cars will be getting the MBUX infotainment system.