Pictures and details leak out ahead of official unveiling
31 March 2010

This is the facelifted Mercedes R-class.

The pictures leaked out ahead of the car's unveiling at the New York motor show.

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With disappointing sales, Mercedes has opted to make significant revisions to the R-class's styling. These include a new front end, with a new headlamp, grille and bonnet design. At the rear the changes are more subdued, but the bumper and tail lights have been tweaked.

The interior pictures show a variety of new colour combinations available, as well as an AMG kit that includes leather setas, a new steering wheel, stainless steel pedals and a paddleshift gearchange.

Mechanical revisions are slight, with reports suggesting only the R350 CDI 4MATIC will get a tweak to 265bhp and lower emissions.

Speaking at the car's launch in New York, Joachim Schmidt, Mercedes sales boss, said the new R-class was the "sportiest and most versatile crossover ever" and described the new cas as "our answer to worldwide demand for cleaner SUVs".

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29 March 2010

It's a pity the R-class has never quite been the car it could and should have been. They could have made a truly entertaining RWD premium MPV, but they made it AWD, too soft and too heavy. Not to mention the fact that it's not overly spacious inside (7 people is a bit of a squeeze), it's quite a bit taller than a Ford S-max. If they could do a RWD Superleggera version, with all the big engines - R63 AMG Black Edition, anybody? - and a bit more space inside, it might appeal. Oh, and it's way too bloody expensive.

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Also, what's with the forward-facing exhausts? =)

29 March 2010

I've always liked the R-Class. If I had a big family I'd definitely choose it over a standard-issue SUV. I'm not sure about the facelift, though; it's alright but the front is not as pretty as the original design.

29 March 2010

The original was hardly pretty from the front... and the whole thing has always been too tall. Looks like an SUV from the front. Carmakers need to learn from the Ford S-max - MPVs need to be not too tall, with a lowish centre of gravity...

29 March 2010

Rearrange these words into a popular phrase or saying:

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29 March 2010

The R-Class is a good car and makes lots of sense. It's very big inside, you see?

29 March 2010

I have every intention of getting an R Class as soon as they drop below £10k. Whilst I totally agree that they look a bit weird from the front, the rest of the car is perfectly acceptable for a Merc MPV. This car is not a turd Robotboogie. It obviously doesn't appeal to you but that does not make anything a turd.


29 March 2010

Looks OK but still a bit on the ugly side of things. Probably won't sell any better than the pre-facelift model. It now has a mismatch of design elements from different models.

29 March 2010

[quote RobotBoogie]

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Ah! I see what you did there, you.

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Where has all Japanese design went to?

29 March 2010

Agree with J400 that it's now a mismatch of design elements from different models. Mainly C- Class and E Class. I think the front light treatment is a step backwards. Nearly bought an R500 a couple of yrs back, a secondhand one and would have done if the deal hadn't fallen through.The one we saw had an AMG kit and In terms of getting the best out of its looks, it needs an AMG bodykit, 19" or 20" polished AMG wheels otherwise it doesn't look in proportion.

Lets hope they re-introduce the AMG 63 & maybe even the 65. This car works with big engines & would sell well in China and UAE as such

29 March 2010

The facelift doesnt add anything to this ugly car.it looks even more like a Ssangyong now,which imho is no compliment.

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