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20th October, 2010

The new Mercedes-Benz R-Class shows a new self-confidence. The focus of the designers was on the completely restyled front section, with an emphasis on width and a horizontally structured bonnet to make the vehicle appear more harmonious, 'muscular' and dynamic.

Expressive: the new front section is full of character

At the front end of the R-Class, the bonnet, guards, radiator grille, headlamps and bumper have been completely redesigned in conjunction with bi-xenon headlamps - a chrome insert enhances the integrated LED daytime driving lights.

The new bonnet has more marked contours, and is more arrow-shaped at the front edge. The wider, higher radiator grille is more steeply angled, while the bumper cladding is more striking, with clear-cut lines. The lines of the side skirts are continued forward in the updated guards and grille. The new, dynamic "face" of the R-Class is particularly impressive. The newly designed headlamps blend perfectly into the front end, emphasising the horizontal lines. The "eyelids" continue the beltline along the flanks, and are arranged above the chromed headlamp tubes to produce an assertive, concentrated gaze.

Perfect proportions

Dynamism is also the order of the day where the side aspect is concerned. With the coupé-like lines of the window area, the luxury tourer distinguishes itself attractively from conventional wagons. Eye-catching details of the clearly contoured flanks include the larger exterior mirror housings, which are set well away from the doors and are held by slim stems. The strikingly designed mirror housings in the vehicle colour have integrated indicator repeaters in the form of a stylised arrow.

Perfect finish: the rear section of the R-Class

The rear section harmoniously continues the design idiom of the front, with a new bumper cladding, modified tail lights, a diffuser and integrated tailpipe trim emphasising the width with more horizontal structures, as at the front. The bumper also picks up the line of the side skirts, giving the effect of a continuous line running around the entire bodywork. Tail lights with LED and fibre optic technology, new exterior contours and horizontally arranged lighting functions lend the finishing touches to the rear section.

Standard Equipment for the MY2011 Mercedes-Benz R 300 CDI SWB:

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• 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive
• 20-inch 5-twin-spoke alloy wheels
• Automatically dimming interior and driver's side exterior mirrors
• Bi-Xenon headlamps (darkened) with LED daytime driving lights
• Blue-tinted thermal insulation glass all round
• Burr Walnut wood trim elements
• Chrome-look beltline trim strips, rub strip with chrome insert and chrome-look undergaurd at the front
• COMAND APS including Reversing Camera
• Dark tinted glass for rear windows back from B-pillar
• EASY-PACK tailgate
• Electrically folding exterior mirrors
• Electric rear vent windows for 3rd row seats
• Electronic Traction System incl. automatic brake control for downhill gradients (4ETS)
• Metallic paint

Manufacturer's List Price* (MLP*)

Mercedes-Benz R 300 CDI SWB $92,200*

NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP)excludes dealer delivery fees and the state/territory statutory charges. Additionally, prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice.


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