What Is Mercedes-Benz DISTRONIC PLUS®?

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Mercedes-Benz DISTRONIC PLUS® is an active cruise control system, designed to maintain an even distance between your own vehicle and the vehicles ahead of you in traffic. The system operates by using radar to send a signal to your vehicle’s onboard computer, speeding you up or slowing you down in order to maintain your desired follow-distance on the highways near Centerville and Ashburn. Compared to standard cruise control, DISTRONIC PLUS® provides a smoother, more satisfying drive.


Have you recently purchased a new vehicle with Mercedes-Benz DISTRONIC PLUS®? Here’s what you need to know to start enjoying the feature today:

  • You can locate the controls for the DISTRONIC PLUS® system on a lever attached to your steering column.
  • Adjust the lever in order to alter your cruising speed. Move it up to go faster, or tilt it down in order to move more slowly.
  • Each light press of the lever alters your speed by one mile per hour. Press is more forcefully to jump by five miles per hour, in either direction.
  • Much like a standard cruise control system, you can disable DISTRONIC PLUS® by pressing the brakes. Pushing the control lever away from your body will also turn the system off.
  • Of course, you can resume your last set speed by pulling the control lever towards your body.
  • Use the knob at the end of the control lever in order to adjust your desired follow-distance. The current setting is displayed on your main screen.
  • DISTRONIC PLUS® will slow you down automatically if traffic starts to get in the way. It can even bring you to a complete stop as required.
  • If you come to a stop for less than three seconds, the system will automatically pick up speed as soon as the way has cleared.
  • If the stop lasts for longer than three seconds, you’ll need to pull the control level towards your body or use the gas pedal to resume your last set speed.

DISTRONIC PLUS® has been designed for use on the highway, and you should avoid the feature when you’re deep in South Riding or Leesburg traffic. Also, it’s important to note that the system is not a substitute for the full awareness of the driver behind the wheel. Do you have questions about how to operate Mercedes-Benz DISTRONIC PLUS®? Consult your owner’s manual, or contact our team today.

What Is DISTRONIC PLUS® with Steering Assist?

You can enjoy an even more convenient drive when you equip DISTRONIC PLUS® with Steering Assist. In addition to controlling your speed and your follow-distance, this technology helps to keep you centered in your lane. By tracking lane lines and surrounding vehicles, DISTRONIC® Steering Assist keeps you in line with the curve of the road and prevents you from overtaking other drivers with a rightward lane change. It also ensures that both of the driver’s hands remain on the steering wheel, providing an additional level of safety for our friends and neighbors.

Which Mercedes-Benz Models offer DISTRONIC® Cruise Control?

Are you searching for a new model? You’ll be glad to learn that Mercedes-Benz DISTRONIC® cruise control systems are now available on almost all of the vehicles in our lineup, including:

  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  • Mercedes-Benz CLA
  • Mercedes-Benz CLS
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  • Mercedes-Benz SLC
  • Mercedes-Benz SL
  • Mercedes-Benz G-Class
  • Mercedes-Benz GLA
  • Mercedes-Benz GLC
  • Mercedes-Benz GLE
  • Mercedes-Benz GLS

DISTRONIC® is just one of many incredible features that you can enjoy with the Mercedes-Benz Driver Assistance Package—also available on almost every model in today’s lineup.

Turn to Mercedes-Benz of Chantilly for More Info

Take a closer look at our new vehicle specials to find a model with Mercedes-Benz DISTRONIC PLUS® at a great price. Feature availability still varies by model, and if you have any questions about the differences between DISTRONIC®, DISTRONIC PLUS®, or DISTRONIC PLUS® with Steering Assist features, we’d love for you to contact us today. While you’re here, we’d also love to teach you about Mercedes-Benz ATTENTION ASSIST®.

No matter which vehicle you settle on, you’ll want to schedule a test drive and experience these incredible safety and convenience features for yourself!

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