For those of you who prefer a taste of the finer things that life has to offer, the premium German auto-maker Mercedes-Benz has recently confirmed that Apple’s CarPlay infotainment service compatibility will be arriving in 2016 on a selection of the company’s mid-range and high-end models.
The announcement from Mercedes comes just days after a similar announcement from a rival, European competitor, Volvo — who revealed earlier last week that the CarPlay experience will soon arrive on the company’s XC90 crossover in the U.S.
The revelation was first made on the C450 AMG Blog and subsequently to dealers via an internal memo. The feature will be available on select CLA, CLS, GLA, GLE, E-Class, and B-Class models manufactured after December 1st, 2015.
Buyers of Mercedes’ CLA, GLA, and B-class models have the option to purchase CarPlay as a $350 standalone option, whereas those who prefer one of Mercedes’ more premium E-class, CLS or GLE models could end up paying $4,080 for an advanced technology package add-on that features both CarPlay and Mercedes’ own COMAND Navigation.
Buyers of the company’s CLS550, CLS63 S, GLE 400, GLE450, GLE63, and GLE63 S, additionally, will receive the package inclusive of CarPlay technology as a standard offering.
Unfortunately, Mercedes has indicated that it’s not planned to incorporate wireless support for CarPlay at launch; but rather, the service will only work when a user’s iPhone is plugged in to a special adapter located in the cars glove box or center console.
Additionally, users will not be able to use both CarPlay and Mercedes COMAND Navigation service simultaneously. In other words, you’ll simply have to choose between one or the other.