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Two-Tone 18″ Wheels for E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet

Mercedes-Benz has just released these 18″ two-tone wheels for the new E-Class coupe and cabriolet. If you have been looking to dress up your new E-Class with a factory approved wheel, this might be a great option. You can get more details about pricing, tires and install from your local dealership. The part numbers are  A207 401 1602 7X23 for the front axle and A207 401 1702 7X23 for the rear axle.

Mercedes Announces Media Interface Plus!

Coming soon from Mercedes-Benz Accessories…The Media Interface Plus (MIP)! MIP will expand the basic functions of the factory option Media Interface Cable (Option Code 518) in some great new ways. The old cable would allow you to plug in most, but not all, iPods as well as supply an AUX jack for non-iPod audio sources. The new MIP cable will be plug & play providing

  • Listening to Pandora Radio via an iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4
  • Playing iPod/iPhone audio and video files
  • Phone book download to COMAND/audio system
  • Streaming audio via a Bluetooth connection A2DP
  • Charging mobile phone via a mini-USB adaptor

In the future, there will be a software upgrade that will read aloud and answer e-mails and text messages! Pricing and launch date are not yet available but I will get one as soon as I can and test it out!

Illumination Kit for Side Running Boards in the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

Mercedes-Benz has launched a new accessory for the GL-Class – The Illumination Kit for Side Running Boards (Code 267). This kit has 4 LEDs on each side that illuminate the running board for both style and safety. The price for this option is $650 and it is installed at the Vehicle Preparation Center before being shipped to the dealership. To order this option the vehicle must also be ordered with the Side Running Boards (Code 846).

Upgrading from Tele-Aid to mbrace!

Mercedes-Benz mbrace
For all of you who have a Mercedes that has had, or currently has a Tele-Aid system, mbrace is offering a special introductory package. $299 will get you a lifetime subscription to mbrace! This is a limited time offer and requires registration before the vehicle can be brought to the service department for conversion. The cost of cenversion will be covered by Mercedes-Benz.

mbrace registration line – 1 888 826 6350

Thanks for the tip Shelton!

Mercedes-Benz SPLITVIEW Introduced for S and CL

Mercedes S-Class SPLITVIEW

There has been rumor for months that the SPLITVIEW Front-Seat Entertainment system would be coming to the US market for the S and CL. It is official! It is now an orderable option. If you have an S or CL on order you may be able to add this option depending on its order status.

SPLITVIEW allows the driver and passenger to view two different sources on the same COMAND screen. The driver can control all of the normal COMAND functions like radio, navigation and phone while the passenger can use headphones and a remote to watch DVD video on the same screen!

State law prohibits this system on vehicles registered in AL, AZ, CO, IL, LA, MD, MA, NH, PA, VT, VA, WA, WV and WI. But we can have it in Georgia!

SPLITVIEW – Code 867 – $700 – Order now!

If you purchase a car with this option, your dealer’s service department will still need to activate it for you once you have acknowledged that you understand the legal requirements for using it in your state.

Mercedes-Benz GLK350 AMG Styling Package

GLK350 AMG Pkg Front

The 2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK has been a great success in the compact luxury SUV segment. It is the best seller!

To further enhance this great design, Mercedes is introducing the AMG Styling Package. This package will be available to order in January and includes:

  • AMG-designed front and rear bumpers with chrome skid plates
  • 20″ AMG twin five-spoke wheels with all-season tires
  • Aluminum roof rails
  • LED daytime running lamps (does not require lighting package)

The AMG Styling Package will be priced at $1,970.

GLK350 AMG Pkg Rear

Enhanced Universal Media Interface is now Nav + 4

The Univeral Media Interface or UMI has generated a lot of interest and questions since it was launched for the C-Class and GLK last year. There have been some complaints about the system being slow and Mercedes has addressed that and launched the new and improved Nav + 4 with enhanced performance and funtionality.

Nav + 4 has the same features as UMI:
1 – Navigation with free live traffic
2 – iPod/iPhone Interface
3 – USB Interface
4 – AUX Interface
5 – Bluetooth Audio Streaming

The improvements to the system are:
5 times faster route calculation
5 times faster destination entry
5 times faster zooming
Day/Night changeover in real time
Updated navigation data
Alaska, Hawaii & Puerto Rico included

New functionality includes:
Reality View Pro (highway signs)
Traffic Lane Assist Pro (road splits)
Enter destination via map

Mercedes UMI Nav + 4

The NEW part number is A204 870 7096 and the MSRP is $1685 plus labor. The price could vary depending on the equipment already present in your vehicle. Also, it should be possible to upgrade an old UMI to the enhanced Nav + 4 with a software flash.

Charging your 3G iPhone in a Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes iPhone Cable

I have had a lot of questions about charging a 3G iPhone or a newer iPod in our cars. The iPod/MP3 interface cable that comes in most of the 2009 and 2010 vehicles will NOT charge the 3G iPhone and the latest iPods. However, there is a new accessory cable that will. I tested this cable in every 2010 in my showroom and a 2009 E-Class and it charged a 3G iPhone every time. Make sure you have the removeable cable with a plug on both ends. The iPod kit, with the white iPod connector, is different and can’t be swaped over.

Mercedes iPhone Cable

Part number is A 001 827 84 04 and the Mercedes-Benz suggested retail price is $67.

Thanks to Fitz in Tampa for doing the first test…I hope you are enjoying the SL!

Mercedes-Benz Navigation Disk Updates Now Available

In the Atlanta area they are always adding or modifying roads so it’s good that Mercedes-Benz has just released updated navigation disks. You can order these disks from your local Mercedes-Benz parts department. They should cost $249. You can also order them directly from Mercedes at www.navigation.com/mbupdate (this site’s search isn’t working at the time I’m writing this) or by calling (888)628-4483.

There are several reasons to update your navigation disk:
- Every year thousands of miles of new roads are added.
- Hundreds of Points of Interest are added or deleted.
- Improved routing efficiency can save you time and fuel.

Mercedes New Nav Disk Chart

2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Option and Package Changes

Mercedes has been making some changes to the 2010 C-Class options and packages to make it a better value and respond to the demands of the market.

Originally, Mercedes had announced that COMAND with navigation (512) could be ordered without the Multimedia Package (320). Then, due to factory constraints, that was dropped at the end of April and all vehicles that had been ordered with COMAND with navigation (518) were changed to Multimedia Package (320).

Now, Mercedes is changing the Multimedia Package (320) to reduce the cost of the package. So, the new Multimedia Package (320) will include
Voice Control (396)
COMAND with Navigation (512)
iPod/MP3 Interface (518)
Media Interface Consumer Cables (049)

The harman kardon (810) 450 watt sound system was dropped from the package and is now available as a stand alone option. Ordering Multimedia Package (320) also requires that either the Premium 1 Package (P01) or Sirius Satellite Radio (536) are ordered on the vehicle.

So, there you go. If you have a 2010 C-Class on order you might want to check with your dealership and see how it is currently equipped and if there are any changes you need to make to have it turn out like you expected.

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