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Mercedes-Benz R-Class (copyright image)

Mercedes-Benz R-Class (copyright image)

Mercedes-Benz R-Class (copyright image)

Mercedes-Benz R-Class (copyright image)

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1st April, 2010

The new version of the Mercedes-Benz R-Class now features an enhanced self-assured appearance, highlighting the unique 'personality' of this versatile vehicle. The overall impression, in particular, has benefited significantly from the completely redesigned front section, which borrows elements both from Mercedes-Benz saloons and SUV models. In addition to the fresh exterior, the new R-Class also impresses with a number of distinctive interior features. These include the economy of space found in the latest MPVs, as well as the comfort, high-class appeal and prestige associated with classic Mercedes-Benz saloons. At the same time, the latest model offers the same level of interior diversity for which its predecessor was renowned, and also boasts the robustness and all-wheel-drive properties of Mercedes-Benz SUV's. The new Mercedes-Benz R-Class will be celebrating its world premiere this week-end at America's New York Motor Show (NYIAS).

Engine line-up: economical drive systems

In addition to the modern petrol variants adopted from the preceding model, with their customary effortless power delivery and high drive comfort, a range of optimised diesel engines is now also available to enhance the appeal of the R-Class. With a fuel consumption figure of 7.6 l/100 km*, compared with its predecessor the R 300 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY model requires around 7 per cent less fuel while offering the same power output and enhanced performance. The new R 350 CDI 4MATIC combines the high performance of a V8 model with the low fuel consumption of an economical V6 variant. It consumes 8.5 litres* of diesel per one hundred kilometres, thereby undercutting its predecessor by 0.8 litres – yet is able to offer significantly enhanced performance. While previously the maximum performance topped out at 165 kW (224 hp), the V6 diesel engine now boasts 195 kW (265 hp) as well as massive torque of 620 Newton metres. Making its debut in the R-Class, this powerful package enables the sportiest of all of the R-Class models with diesel engine to achieve effortlessly superior levels of performance. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes 7.6 seconds, while the top speed is 235 km/h.

With the R 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC, Mercedes-Benz is offering one of the cleanest diesel models in the world. The V6 engine achieves an output of 155 kW (211 hp) and substantial torque of 540 Nm. Compared with its predecessor, this model also manages to achieve reduced fuel consumption and lower emissions while providing enhanced performance. Equipped with highly-effective AdBlue© emission control, the compression-ignition engine consumes an average of 0.3 of a litre less, at 8.4 litres* of diesel per one hundred kilometres, generating in the process the same level of emissions as a comparable petrol engine. As a result, this model currently already meets the emission values planned for 2014 according to the EU6 standard. All other petrol and diesel versions of the R-Class meet the EU5 standard.

NOTE: * NEDC combined consumption

Key technical data: +

kW/hp rpm
Nm from rpm
0 - 100 km/h s
Top speed (km/h)
l/100 km NEDC combined
CO2 g/km
R 300 CDI BE 1,2
140/190 3,800
440 1,400
7.6 - 7.8
199 - 206
195/265 3,800
620 1,600
7.6 (7.7) 4
(235) 4
8.5 (8.5)4
(223) 4
R 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC 3
155/211 3,400
540 1,600
8.4 - 8.5
222 - 223
R 300
170/231 6,000
300 2,500
9.6 (9.7)
11.1 - 11.3 (11.1 - 11.4)
260 - 265 (260-267)
R 350 4MATIC
200/272 6,000
350 2,400
8.3 (8.4)
11.6 - 11.9 (11.7 - 11.9)
271 - 279 (274-279)
R 500 4MATIC 3
285/388 6,000
530 2,800
13.2 - 13.4
306 - 311

NOTE: + provisional figures for the international model range which may also vary from country to country.

CDI-/BlueTEC = diesel models,
1 standard wheelbase available,
3 long wheelbase available,
4 figures in brackets apply to long wheelbase variant,
5 electronically limited

Simply stunning: the design of the R-Class

The latest Mercedes-Benz R-Class features a new, self-assured appearance. The overall impression is virtually seamless and encapsulates the unique 'personality' of this highly versatile vehicle. The focus of the designers was the completely revised front section which, by emphasising the width and making use of a horizontally structured bonnet, affords the entire vehicle a look which is as harmonious as it is powerfully dynamic. In addition to the bonnet, the vehicle's guards, radiator grille and surround, headlamps and bumpers with chrome under guard have all been completely redesigned. As an optional extra, a chrome insert with integrated LED daytime driving lights in conjunction with bi-xenon headlamps is available to enhance the look of the R-Class even further.

The side view features flowing lines - a pleasant contrast to regular large-capacity vehicles - and is characterised by the modified exterior mirror housings and the wheel design. Wheels are available in 5-spoke, 5-twin spoke or 10-spoke designs, and in sizes ranging from 43.2 to 53.3 centimetres (17 to 21 inches). The design idiom of the front is continued consistently through the rear area which, with its new bumper covering, modified tail lamps and integrated tailpipe trim, has also been given an accentuated wide look. The 2010 model year R-Class looks particularly refined in the new "diamond white" paint finish.

Wellness programme: a relaxed environment both for longer journeys or everyday use

If there was a versatility test for car interiors, the Mercedes-Benz R-Class would certainly be a favourite to take first place. A wide variety of options are available when it comes to seat variations in particular: designed for a relaxed, safe driving environment, the saloon offers five seats as standard in both the normal and long wheelbase versions, but four, six or even seven seat configurations are also possible. The R-Class comes with partially power-adjustable seats for driver and front passenger as standard, while as an option front passengers can also enjoy the luxury of actively ventilated and heated multi-contour seats with full power adjustment and memory function.

The R-Class also reveals another benefit in the form of its large, versatile luggage compartment: in the standard-wheelbase versions the luggage compartment holds up to 1,950 litres, while the long-wheelbase version boasts 2,385 litres. In all five-seat variants there is a separate stowage compartment beneath the load compartment floor, while the optional EASY PACK tailgate which can operated remotely by means of a switch or key also makes access to the luggage compartment easier. As such the R-Class is the most variable and spacious vehicle in the entire Mercedes-Benz passenger car product range.

The bright, classic interior - which seems even more spacious when fitted with the optional panoramic glass sunroof - makes use of new materials and colour combinations which enhance the high-class appeal and quality of this unique long-distance saloon. At the same time they underline the sense of wellbeing which is typical of the Mercedes-Benz interior. Available interior appointments include the upholstery combination of "Aspen" fabric and breathable, soft-touch ARTICO man-made leather.

Two-tone interior appointments are a new addition to the range: this is where the base colour almond beige can be combined with the contrasting colour mocha brown. Alternatively, the base colour alpaca grey combined with contrasting dark basalt grey is also available. Both colour combinations are used on the dashboard, steering wheel, centre console, seats, door linings and floor coverings. When choosing ARTICO or leather appointments at the same time, the piping is finished in a contrasting colour. Single-tone nappa leather appointments are also available as standard in conjunction with the AMG Interior Sports package. In addition to aluminium trim with a dark longitudinal-grain and chrome trim in silver shadow, luxurious wood trim in high-gloss brown eucalyptus, high-gloss brown burred walnut or high-gloss anthracite poplar can also be ordered.

Model range: the R-Class with a personal touch

The nine basic variants provide an opportunity to tailor the R-Class according to personal vehicle preferences in each case. All models boast numerous features as standard which help to make travelling both on long journeys as well as on short urban trips even safer and more relaxed. These features include the unique anticipatory occupant protection system PRE-SAFE®, a complete restraint system with eight airbags, crash-active NECK-PRO head restraints, a tyre pressure loss warning system and adaptive brake lights. Safety is also enhanced thanks to high-performance telematics systems such as the Audio 20, Audio 50 APS or COMAND APS with an extremely user-friendly interface.

The THERMATIC automatic climate control system is fitted with a combination filter to hep further reduce pollutants which may be contained in the outside air entering the vehicle. As an optional extra, a THERMOTRONIC system providing separate rear air conditioning is available to meet all interior air conditioning requirements. The spacious glove compartment now comes with an AUX-IN connection for external audio or entertainment devices. Connection options can also be extended further with an optional Media Interface (UCI).

To complement the extensive standard equipment, the Mercedes-Benz R-Class provides a variety of assistant systems which push ride comfort and safety to the highest level and contribute to the vehicle's leading position in this market segment. These include DISTRONIC proximity control, AIRMATIC air suspension with the Adaptive Damping System (ADS), or Blind Spot Assist, which can make changing lanes significantly safer. The modern LINGUATRONIC voice control system makes using the telematics systems even easier and more convenient, while a reversing camera provides for easy parking or manoeuvring in 'blind' spots. As soon as the driver engages "R" gear, the image from the camera is shown on the high-resolution COMAND APS display. Rear passengers, meanwhile, can enjoy their own entertainment programme thanks to the Rear Seat Entertainment System. Seat heating can also be ordered for the second row of seats to increase comfort even further in winter.

Valuation: neutral surveys confirm high resale opportunities

Experience shows that Mercedes-Benz models belong to the most stable vehicles on the market in terms of values and they, therefore, offer a significant financial advantage. This was confirmed once again last year by a neutral third-party when specialist magazine "Auto Bild" selected the "2010 Value Champions" in different vehicle categories based on surveys conducted by Saarbrücken-based market research institute Bähr & Fess Forecast. The "Value Champion" among MPVs, the R 300 CDI, emerged ahead of the field in this market segment and according to the forecasts would retain a value of 47.5 per cent after four years. The Mercedes-Benz R-Class already held this leading position in the expert analysis of residual values last year.

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2010 R-Class: model range and appointment variants*

Diverse, comfortable and fully equipped

The new Mercedes-Benz R-Class enhances the merits of this unique vehicle category even further. In addition to the fresh exterior, the new model year R-Class also impresses with a number of interior features in particular. These include the economy of space found in the latest MPVs, and the comfort, high-class appeal and prestige of the S-Class. At the same time, this latest model offers the interior diversity for which its predecessor was renowned, and also boasts the robustness and all-wheel-drive properties of Mercedes-Benz SUV's.

With a total of 9 base versions, the R-Class provides the most comprehensive model range in the premium long-distance saloon segment. Together with the significantly more appealing body design, the complete range of standard equipment and the numerous individualisation options, the R-Class can be tailored specifically to meet individual requirements. It also offers a high degree of variability, standard or long wheelbases, 4MATIC rear or permanent all-wheel drive, and high-performance yet economical engines, which in some cases come with BlueTEC or BlueEFFICIENCY technology – if there was such a thing as a vehicle versatility test, then the R-Class would certainly be a favourite to take first place.

An overview of the models:

Standard wheelbase:
R 300
R 350 4MATIC
Long wheelbase:
R 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC
R 300
R 350 4MATIC
R 500 4MATIC

* The descriptions and information in this news article apply to the international Mercedes-Benz model range and may vary from country to country.

A full complement of equipment for the highest level of comfort and comprehensive safety

All models boast numerous features as standard which help to make travelling both on long journeys as well as on short urban trips even safer and more relaxed. The following is an extract of the standard equipment:

Mercedes-Benz R-Class (copyright image)

Mercedes-Benz R-Class (copyright image)

  • 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission with DIRECT SELECT lever on the steering column and shift paddles on the steering wheel
  • Airbag system: adaptive airbags and side airbags for driver and front passenger, window bags across all three rows of seats
  • Adaptive brake lights warn traffic behind by flashing in an emergency braking situation
  • Permanent 4MATIC all-wheel drive (on the models R 350 CDI 4MATIC, R 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC, R 350 4MATIC and R 500 4MATIC
  • Heated and electrically adjustable exterior mirrors
  • Courtesy lights in the doors
  • AUX-IN connection (in glove compartment)
  • Brake Assist (BAS)
  • Stainless steel front door sill panels with "Mercedes-Benz" lettering
  • Electric power windows (4 windows)
  • ESP® with tyre pressure loss warning and trailer stabilisation
  • Headlamp Assist
  • Tinted glass
  • Belt force limiters on all seats
  • Belt tensioners on all seats
  • Bi-colour tail lamps with LED and fibre-optic elements
  • ISOFIX child seat attachment system
  • THERMATIC automatic climate control with 2 climate zones
  • Comfort multifunction steering wheel in nappa leather
  • Steering column, adjustable for height and reach
  • Crash-active NECK-PRO head restraints for driver and front passenger
  • Speed-sensitive steering (R 300 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY and R 350 BlueTEC:
    electrohydraulic steering)
  • Wheels and tyres:
    • 235/65 R 17 tyres for R 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC and R 300 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY models; 10-spoke light-alloy wheels
    • 255/55 R 18 tyres for 350 CDI 4MATIC, R 300 and R 350 4MATIC models;
      10‑spoke light-alloy wheels
    • 255/55 R 19 tyres for the R 500 4MATIC model; 5-spoke light-alloy wheels
  • Rain sensor for the windscreen wipers
  • TYREFIT tyre repair set with electric compressor
  • Headlamps with H7 projector beam technology, daytime driving lights and front fog lamps with integrated into the bumper with chrome rings
  • Audio 20 CD telematics system
  • Cruise control with SPEEDTRONIC
  • 4ETS traction system (on all 4MATIC models)
  • Ambient lighting in the exterior mirrors
  • Central display in instrument cluster
  • Central locking with remote control
  • Brushed aluminium trim with longitudinal-grain, chrome trim in silver shadow

Other attractive equipment options* can help to make the R-Class experience even more impressive:

  • AIRMATIC package, air suspension with Adaptive Damping System (ADS),
    vehicle level adjustment via a switch in the centre console, automatic lowering on motorways
  • DISCTRONIC proximity control
  • Electric folding left and right exterior mirrors with programmable automatic function
  • Electric power vent window for the third row of seats
  • Audio 50 APS telematics system with 6-disc CD changer
  • Bi-xenon headlamps (darkened) with dynamic range adjustment, headlamp cleaning system and LED daytime driving lights on a chrome insert
  • EASY-PACK tailgate with remote control
  • EASY-PACK load compartment cover
  • Anti-theft alarm system with tow-away protection
  • PARKTRONIC parking aid
  • Rear-seat entertainment system
  • Rear air conditioning system (standard in conjunction with THERMOTRONIC)
  • Programmable garage door opener integrated into the rear-view mirror
  • Electrically adjustable steering column
  • Air suspension with self-levelling at the rear (standard on R 500 4MATIC)
  • Media Interface (UCI)
  • Memory function for front seats, mirrors and steering wheel
  • Centre console for the middle row of seats
  • Multifunction wood/leather-trimmed steering wheel
  • Heated multifunction steering wheel
  • Actively ventilated multi-contour seats for driver and front passenger
  • Multi-zone THERMOTRONIC
  • COMAND APS multimedia system:
    • Radio with twin tuner
    • 6-disc CD changer
    • DVD audio/video player
    • high-resolution 16.5-centimetre (6.5-inch) colour display
    • 4 GB of storage for MP3 files (Music Register)
    • Storage card slot (SD cards)
    • Hard-disc navigation with automatic consideration of traffic congestion
    • Compass function
  • Electric panoramic sliding glass sunroof with interior electric roller sunblind, convenience closing feature and double sun screens
  • Wheels and tyres:
    • 265/45 R 20 tyres, 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels
    • 265/45 R 20 tyres, AMG 5-spoke high-sheen light-alloy wheels
    • 265/40 R 21 tyres, AMG 5-spoke titanium silver light-alloy wheels
    • Tyre pressure monitoring system, selective wheels with pressure sensors and antennas
  • Reversing camera (in conjunction with COMAND APS)
  • Heated windscreen washer system
  • Headlamp cleaning system
  • Dark-tinted rear side windows and rear window
  • Rear side bags
  • Heated rear seats
  • Harman Kardon® Logic7® sound system with eleven loudspeakers and surround sound
  • Remote control auxiliary heating
  • Electrically adjustable front seats with memory function
  • Wood trim in "high-gloss brown eucalyptus", "high-gloss brown burr walnut", "high-gloss anthracite poplar" (standard on R 500 4MATIC) or "aluminium with dark longitudinal-grain"
  • KEYLESS-GO access and drive authorisation system

NOTE: *extracts

Popular equipment options have been combined into packages:

  • Exterior Chrome package: chrome beltline trim strips, door handles in the vehicle colour with chrome insert, rub strips with chrome insert, chrome-look under guard at the front and chromed tailpipe trims
  • Exterior Sports package: comprising Chrome package, 20-inch 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels and blue-tinted glass all round
  • Interior Sports package: Interior Light package, front sports seats, Alcantara/ARTICO man-made leather-look upholstery combination with contrasting stitching and brushed stainless steel sports pedals
  • Interior AMG Sports package: Nappa leather AMG sports seats, fully power-adjustable at the front, AMG ergonomic sports steering wheel with shift paddles, floor mats with "AMG" lettering, sports pedals in brushed stainless steel with rubber studs, Interior Light package and also Multi-contour Seat package


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