After the iPod integration kit, Merc seems to have stepped up to the occasion and gone in for the iPhone cradle. The cradle integrates iPod controls with the main navigation screen and COMAND controller instead of depending entirely on the instrument display and steering wheel controls. Of course, the cradle will also charge your phone as well as let you make calls and listen to music. Apparently by plugging the phone in will increase the reception by using the vehicle’s antennas combined with the iPhone’s. You will also be able to access the contacts list as well; something the Merc’s current Bluetooth system doesn’t allow.
If you already have the iPod kit or Media Interface kit, you will need to buy the adapters, which will cost you €39 ($60). The cradle itself is available now in Germany for €249 ($385).