Under the microscope: MULTIBEAM LED headlamps: Optimum visibility in all conditions

As standard the new A-Class is equipped with halogen headlamps with integrated LED daytime driving lamps. The optional LED High Performance headlamps and MULTIBEAM LED headlamps are another example of the technology transfer from the luxury to the compact class. With the MULTIBEAM LED headlamps, the control units calculate the ideal lighting configuration within milliseconds. The road ahead is precisely and brightly illuminated.

The MULTIBEAM LED headlamps allow extremely quick and precise adjustment of the headlamps to the current road and traffic conditions. 18 individually actuated LEDs are housed in each headlamp. The daylight-like light colour of the LEDs is easy on the eyes and has a positive effect on concentration.

The functions of the MULTIBEAM LED headlamps are as follows:

  • variable low beams for country roads and motorways (motorway mode with range increased by around 50 metres)
  • automatic activation of cornering lights when turning to the left and right. These are activated if the direction indicators are operated at under 40 km/h, and also on tight bends at under 70 km/h. Both cornering lights are switched on when revering, so as to illuminate the swivel range
  • cornering light with roundabout function. This is activated approx. 70 metres before entering a roundabout, and approx. 40 metres before junctions
  • city light for wide light distribution at low speeds within built-up areas

Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus is part of the optional MULTIBEAM LED headlamps. This brightly illuminates the road over a long range and can remain permanently switched on, as oncoming traffic and vehicles ahead are excluded from the beams by partial deactivation of individual high beam modules. Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus is active at speeds above 30 km/h when travelling on unlit roads.