What is DISTRONIC PLUS® Cruise Control?


Mercedes-Benz DISTRONIC PLUS® is offered on many of the new Mercedes-Benz vehicles, including the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, GLC, and E-Class. DISTRONIC PLUS® is an advanced adaptive cruise control system that automatically accelerates, brakes, and keeps a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you (relative to the speed you are driving). Additionally, DISTRONIC PLUS® with Steering Assist keeps you from venturing outside of your lane.

How Does Mercedes-Benz DISTRONIC PLUS® Work?

From the second you pull out of your driveway to the moment you arrive at your destination, DISTRONIC PLUS® maintains unflagging focus on the road ahead, with advanced radar sensors scanning the traffic ahead. As well as reading the presence of other vehicles, these sensors can detect when they’re changing speed, ensuring a millisecond-by-millisecond awareness up to 200 meters ahead.

DISTRONIC PLUS® takes cruise control a giant leap forward. You can configure it to maintain a certain set distance between yourself and the vehicle ahead. Should that vehicle decelerate, your Mercedes-Benz will do likewise to maintain that distance; if it speeds up again, your Mercedes-Benz will match it up to a preset speed. This is wonderfully convenient when you’re stuck in stop-start traffic, and it also helps keep you safe by preventing a collision.

If DISTRONIC PLUS® radars sense that a collision is imminent, the PRESAFE® Brake feature will automatically prime up to 40% braking power, provide an audible warning, and engage the PRESAFE® system. When you do hit the brakes, 100% braking pressure is instantly called upon. In the unlikely event that you fail to respond, the system can initiate braking independently, helping to either avoid a collision entirely or reduce its intensity.

A rear-end collision can cause significant damage to both vehicles; more importantly, such an incident puts the safety of yourself and the driver ahead into jeopardy. DISTRONIC PLUS® has been developed to help significantly reduce the likelihood of such a situation occurring.

How to Activate DISTRONIC PLUS®

Mercedes-Benz DISTRONIC PLUS® turns on automatically. You can easily make adjustments to the feature, though. To make adjustments, you must accelerate to 20 mph or more to set your cruise control. Then, on the left side of your steering column, move the lever up or down to the point of resistance. You can also set the distance between your car and the car in front of you by turning the end of the cruise control lever.

Get DISTRONIC PLUS® on a New Mercedes-Benz!

Contact us at Mercedes-Benz of Ontario, located near Chino and Corona, to learn more about Mercedes-Benz DISTRONIC PLUS®! Don’t hesitate to ask about other advanced Mercedes-Benz technologies, such as PRESAFE® and Mercedes me, before financing your next vehicle.