More For The Mercedes-Benz R-Class
14th October, 2007
This month sees the arrival of an extended and enhanced R-Class sports tourer model range from Mercedes-Benz.
The versatile and spacious R-Class SUV tourer will be joined by a new model powered by the marque’s celebrated 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6. Additionally, a host of revisions are included, designed to further enhance the flexibility and driving enjoyment this unique luxury sports tourer offers.
The R 280 CDI
Coinciding with the opening of the 2007 Sydney Motor Show, the R 280 CDI will be available in Mercedes-Benz passenger car showrooms across Australia.
Powered by Mercedes’ 3.0 litre turbo-diesel V6, this new model produces 140 kW of power and 440 Newton metres of torque in a luxurious and economical package, consuming only 8.9 litres of diesel per 100 km travelled (combined cycle).
The rear-wheel drive R 280 CDI boasts a wide array of standard equipment tailored to optimise comfort and safety for both the driver and passengers. These features and include:
From 11th October, all models in this versatile SUV tourer range will benefit from numerous enhancements designed to increase both performance and comfort. They are outlined by each model, below.
R 350 4MATIC and R 320 CDI 4MATIC: More choice
Customers of the all-wheel drive R 350 and R 320 CDI can now chose from one of two Luxury Packages, fitted as standard equipment.
Luxury package 1 offers a variety of traditional Mercedes-Benz features including full burr walnut timber trim, leather upholstery and THERMOTRONIC multi-zone luxury climate control. Alternatively, Luxury Package 2 offers a sports finish and includes front sports seats in a mixture of ARTICO and alcantara upholstery, sports instrumentation and aluminium sports pedals.
Customers also have the option to delete the standard-fitment Luxury Package from the R 350 or R 320 CDI, which sees the recommended retail price reduced by $8,000.
R 500 4MATIC (long-wheelbase)
This month also sees the introduction of the powerful and smooth 285 kW petrol V8 engine to the R 500. Replacing the model’s previous 5.0-litre motor this 5.5-litre unit has impressed customers the world over in the Mercedes-Benz E-, CLS and S-Class passenger car ranges as well as the SUV range-leader, the GL-Class.
Outputs for the R 500 now move to 285 KW of power (previously 225 kW) and 530 Nm of torque (previously 460 Nm) with combined-cycle fuel consumption now down to 12.9 litres per 100 km (previously 13.3).
The new R 500 also gains Bi-xenon headlamps as standard equipment, along with the choice of either of the two luxury packages available.
The R-Class will now be available with the option of the value-rich Vision Package and Premium package. Both of these packages have proved extremely popular with customers of other models in the Mercedes-Benz line-up. They are detailed below.
Priced at $4,800, the Vision Package combines more than $7,000 of optional features.
The Premium Package brings together $9,300 of optional equipment for $4,900.
First-Class comfort for seven
The concept of the sports tourer, first presented by Mercedes-Benz in 2002, combines the popular features of an estate, a sporty saloon and an SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) to provide a versatile and stylish vehicle in a flexible package for both professional and recreational use.
Initially released in a ‘4 + 2’ seating format, the R-Class will, from October this year, be fitted with seven seats as standard equipment, further enhancing the versatility of this luxury tourer.
Key information on the Mercedes-Benz R-Class
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