Mercedes to Offer Downloadable Upgrades for MBUX System
Arriving on A- and GLE-classes equipped with MBUX, owners will able to purchase navigation, other features after leaving the dealer.
Do you happen to have a few games on your phone that you need to put money into for certain upgrades? What about the games on your console that you have to shell out for the next chapter or new skin? That’s the wonderful world we know as downloadable content, and it’s coming to Mercedes.
According to Autoblog, U.S.-bound A- and GLE-Class models with the MBUX infotainment system will be able to purchase and download features that weren’t available on the showroom floor.
The U.S. version of MBUX includes a few options as standard, like Smartphone Integration for the A-Class; the 2020 CLA requires the $2,300 Multimedia Package to acquire the same feature, for contrast. The most likely available upgrade available for downloading would be navigation, which currently can be had through the dealer for $1,150 for the A-Class’ version of the Multimedia Package. Pricing for each DLC has yet to be announced.
Arriving via the Mercedes Me app in the first quarter of 2019 for the A-Class, and at market launch for the GLE-Class, the new DLC model comes on the heels of BMW’s version, which debuted in 2017. The difference thus far is BMW’s smartphone integration (which only works with Apple CarPlay, by the way) is subscription-based. We certainly hope Mercedes doesn’t follow its Teutonic competitor in that regard.