National athletes and Multima Pro - an encounter between professionals. Sebastian Magenheim got to grips with the new manual operation device.
Sebastian Magenheim was in the middle of his preparations for the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro when he was given a very interesting task. The sporty brand ambassador for Mercedes-Benz driving aids from the factory was to test the new Multima Pro manual operation device in the new E-Class sedan. Magenheim fits the test drive in between his training and his daily life at university, and is amazed. After putting himself through his paces at training, the test drive through the Siebenmühlental valley feels like floating. The experience that Magenheim describes is largely due to the Multima Pro manual operation device, which is being used for the first time in the new E-Class from Mercedes-Benz. "I accelerate by pulling back on the Multima Pro's grip, which is positioned between my right knee and the center console," the wheelchair basketball player explains. "It's so easy I could theoretically do it with just two fingers." The driver pushes the manual operation device forward, away from him or herself in order to brake. Magenheim notices that even slowing down only requires very little force. He also prefers pushing and pulling rather than accelerating by turning a lever. The driver activates the handbrake by pushing a button.
The national athlete is immediately struck by the Multima Pro's streamlined design, which provides more leg room. The new design allows the driver's seat to be positioned further forward than was the case in the predecessor model. Despite all of its focus on ease of operation, Mercedes-Benz has not neglected the aspect of appearance. The Multima Pro can be ordered in a color to match the interior fittings.
The advantage of the MFD Touch is that you don't have to change your grip when steering, and the ergonomically designed grip fits nicely into your hand.
Sporty combination game
As a performance athlete, Sebastian Magenheim notes the perfect interaction between the Multima Pro and the MFD Touch multi-function rotary knob. Just like the different player positions on a basketball team, the two driving aids complement each other and are often ordered together. If the driver uses his or her right hand to manipulate the manual operation device, the multi-function rotary knob makes it easier to steer with the left hand. "The advantage of the MFD Touch is that you don't have to change your grip when steering," the top athlete explains, "and the ergonomically designed grip fits nicely into your hand." Roundabouts can be a challenge from a motor skills perspective. Not with this driving aid: "This makes roundabouts a piece of cake." But the MFD Touch is not only used to steer. Using integrated buttons, the device activates the indicators, horn, headlights and windscreen wipers. The MFD Touch sends the relevant commands to the vehicle by radio. In keeping with the name "Touch", Slight pressure with the thumb triggers the corresponding command. The ample space available also contributes to the "floating" sensation. On the test drive through the Siebenmühlental valley, the vehicle impresses with its sporty characteristics. This is where the multi-contour seat comes into play. "The seat supported me at every corner and inflated small air pockets on the relevant sides," the athlete explains. On the whole, he found the test drive to be a great break from his preparations for the Paralympics. "It allowed me to clear my head after the training."
Roundabouts can be a challenge from a motor skills perspective. Not with this driving aid:This makes roundabouts a piece of cake.