The R-class has been dropped from Mercedes' UK model lineup
The Mercedes-Benz R-class has been axed in the UK.
Poor sales of the MPV are believed to be responsible for its demise. As more motorists look to the booming SUV and crossover markets to fill their people-moving needs, sales of the R-class have continued to suffer.
Originally intended to blend the space of an MPV, the all-wheel drive reassurance of a 4x4 and the practicality of an estate, the R-class found itself competing in a number of sectors.
Priced from £44,620, the R-class came with a V6 engine offered in either 190bhp or 265bhp guises.
Mercedes has tried to revamp the range in 2007, offering the option of rear-wheel drive and seven seats in an attempt to boost sales. A facelift followed in 2010, with an entirely new front end and a re-worked interior, plus changes to the car's 265bhp R350 CDI 4Matic engine to offer lower emissions.
A Mercedes spokesman said that while the R-class will no longer be available in this country, it will continue to be sold into Chinese markets.