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The Becker Map Pilot (Option Code 001 + Pre-Wire Code 508) is now available for the 2013 C-Class, GLK-Class and SLK-Class. I have used it a few times and find it to be much more intuitive than the Nav+4 or UMI that we used before. The Pre-Wire option is $200 and the Becker Map Pilot itself is $600 and can simply be plugged into the dock. The biggest flaw with the kit was the lack of a detailed instruction manual. Here it is!
Thanks to Nash for finding it for me!
As I am sure all of you Apple users already know, the iPhone 5 has a new, smaller plug. This plug will not work with the built-in iPod/MP3 interface cable in your Mercedes-Benz. You will need an adapter. Apple has a couple on the website with an estimated ship date of October. Problem solved!
Now that we well into model year 2013, the new features of mbrace2 have been coming up more often. Here is a quick summary for those trying to decide what package is right for you.
The mbrace basic services have been around for a long time:
mbrace Plus has also been available:
mbrace Apps are new for mbrace2:
mbrace2 is now standard on most Mercedes-Benz models (the S-Class/CL-Class will get it next year) and there are a lot of changes! You can review the packages in detail at MBUSA.com, or if you have an active mbrace system you can press the i-button and the helpful operators can walk you through it!
The new iPad docking stations have been very successful lately and Mercedes-Benz has just released another option.
These docks simply clip-on to the headrest supports! No labor, no wiring, easy to move from car to car! They are available for most current models and there are two designs – one for iPad 1 and one for iPad 2/3. In my experience the iPad 1 dock will accomate the 2/3, just not as snugly.
The difference between these clip-on docking stations and the wired-in system is power. These are not wired into the car so the iPads would have to be charged outside of the vehicle or with a 12 volt charging cable. So, for $500 you can have two docks that do not charge or for $1200 you can have two that do. Choices!
This is a 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL450 in Steel Grey…with a Paddle Board! My customer added the roof rack basic carrier (MSRP $300 from your local parts department) to the roof of the GL450 last week in anticipation of a paddle board trip. I think it makes the GL look very sporty! Thanks for sharing Chad!
The All Season Floor Liners for the 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class have been released! I really prefer these to the rubber mats. They protect the sides of the footwell, look really sleek and clean up easily. It is the same material as the Foldable Cargo Liner for the cargo area of the vehicle.
All Season Floor Trays for the 2012 ML-Class – MSRP $145:
We just installed our first iPad docking stations in a 2012 GL450! For this particular client we installed an iPad 2 dock behind the driver seat and an iPad 1 dock behind the passenger seat.
Here are the empty brackets. They are very slim and I hardly noticed them while I was driving the car.
iPads and USB charging cables are not included. The cables were $5.99 at my local Fry’s Home Electronics.
The iPads slide into the bracket so that the headphone jack, volume controls and plug line up with the openings in the bracket. The iPad 1 is fatter than the iPad 2 and will only fit in the specific iPad 1 bracket. The iPad 2 will fit in the bracket for the iPad 1 but is more stable in the bracket that is specific to the iPad 2/3.
The iPads can be tilted up or down to adjust the viewing angle.
The brackets can be rotated vertically for reading.
Our first experience with the docking stations was great! The system was easy for the technicians to install, looks great in the vehicle and offers our customers another way to entertain back seat passengers! You can listen from the iPad out loud or through headphones. Also, vehicles with Bluetooth Audio Streaming should be able to pair to the iPads and stream through the vehicle sound system. Each docking station costs about $400 plus the cost of installation. That is a pretty good savings over the $1950 Rear-Seat Entertainment system, considering you can take these screens with you!
An exclusive selection of exquisite paint, leather and interior trim options, designo is the ultimate expression of your style and Mercedes-Benz quality.
The beauty of a Mercedes-Benz is how it blends innovation you never imagined with craftsmanship we never forgot. designo offers refinement and individuality on an even more rewarding level. Exotic choices and colors in paint, leather and interior trim are crafted with a personal touch, from their selection to their fitment to your automobile. With exquisitely tailored packages and a gallery of individual elements, designo expresses your appreciation of design and our attention to detail like nothing else.
You can now visit MBUSA.com to see more details about paints, leathers and trims. Most items can be mixed and matched to create the perfect combination for your new Mercedes-Benz!
The Foldable Cargo Liner has been available for the GL-Class for a few months and is now available for the 2006-2011 ML-Class. The mat for the 2012 M-Class should be available next month. This is a really handy accessory for drivers who want to protect the carpeted cargo area from spills and scuffs while still folding the seats at will. You can order this item from your local parts department.
Part # BQ6750038 GL-Class Foldable Cargo Liner MY07-12, Black MSRP $145.00
Part # BQ6750039 M-Class Foldable Cargo Liner MY06-11, Black MSRP $145.00
Mercedes-Benz will begin producing CLS550s and CLS63s with designo paint and leather this month! You can order now through May and get a CLS-Class that no one else will have! MBUSA even posted a quick designo video in the CLS-Class section of the website.
For model year 2012 the Wheel Packages (321 and 421) are not compatible with any designo interior orders.
The paint and interior can be ordered individually, mix and match or use one of the recommended designo editions, thoughtfully chosen by the designers.
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