The Mercedes-Benz E-Class will add higher levels of comfort when it arrives in European showrooms this summer.
Interior upgrades start with a new steering wheel available as either all-leather, a wood-leather combination or in a supersport version.
The instrument cluster and media display are controlled by swiping along the Touch Control buttons, with the operating principle of the buttons changing from optical to capacitive.
Mercedes says a mechanical system is no longer needed and the touch surfaces are less susceptible to fingerprints.
The E-Class is equipped with the latest generation of the MBUX multimedia system.
It includes two 10.25in screens as standard, and two 12.3in screens are available as optional extras.
Touchscreen controls come as standard and use augmented reality technology for the navigation display.
A video image of the surroundings is enhanced with navigation information – arrows or house numbers are automatically superimposed onto the image in the media display.
If the E-Class is the first at traffic lights, information is superimposed on the display.
The optional MBUX Interior Assistant recognizes movement by highlighting individual elements when a hand approaches the touchscreen or touchpad.
Energizing seat kinetics supports changes in posture with minute movements of the seat cushion and backrest.
Energizing comfort control uses musical and lighting moods plus massage modes for feel-good programs.
The Energizing Coach is based on algorithms and recommends programs suited to the individual and situation.
If a Garmin wearable is integrated, personal values such as stress levels or quality of sleep optimize the accuracy of recommendations.
The system aims to make passengers feel well and relaxed even during demanding or monotonous journeys.