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1 April 2010

The revised Mercedes R-class crossover has been revealed.

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".

Modifications to the R-class’s styling include a new front grille, headlights, bonnet and wings. LED daytime driving lights are optional. Mercedes has also made new trim options available in the R-class’s seven-seat cabin.

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Other options include air suspension with adaptive damping.

Improved versions of the two R-classes currently available in the UK will be offered: the short-wheelbase, rear-drive R300 CDI Blue Efficiency and the long-wheelbase, all-wheel-drive R350 CDI 4Matic.

Both use seven-speed auto gearboxes. The R300 CDI’s fuel economy has been improved to 37.2mpg from 34mpg, and its CO2 emissions have been cut by 20g/km to 199g/km.

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The biggest changes are to the R350 CDI. Power from its 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine rises 40bhp to 261bhp and torque increases by 81lb ft to 457lb ft. Emissions are down to 223g/km from 246g/km and the car’s fuel consumption is now 33.2mpg instead of 30.4mpg.

The revised R-class will reach UK showrooms in September. Prices are expected to start at about £40,000, a small increase over the current levels.

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31 March 2010

Improved versions of the two R-classes currently available in the UK will be offered: the short-wheelbase, front-drive R300 CDI Blue Efficiency and the long-wheelbase, all-wheel-drive R350 CDI 4Matic.

Big new there. We are getting a Front drive R Class.

What percentage of BMW 1 series drivers didnt know it was RWD?

What percentage of Autocar staff think the R series is Front wheel drive?

31 March 2010

[quote artill]What percentage of Autocar staff think the R series is Front wheel drive?[/quote]

:-)

31 March 2010

[quote Autocar]Power from its 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine rises 40bhp to 261bhp and torque increases by 81lb ft to 457lb ft.[/quote]

457 lb.ft(from 1,600 rpm) from a production 3 litre diesel - wow! Over to you, PSA/Ford/JLR engineers.

31 March 2010

Biggest problem with the R Class was is was based on the ML platform. So it is grossly over engineered for this use, making it too heavy and providing a fairly inflexible seating layout. The S Max, whilst based on the Mondeo was designed from the outset to do its job and as such is the sportiest MPV even with front wheel drive.

Drivers of family cars, especially MPV's want safety and security, not a car that can drift and do doughnuts. The provision of RWD in a car of this type means the cargo and seating will become compromised and too high, hence the impression that the R Class is too tall but an S Max has a sporty look as it provides more space with a lower roofline.

In a nutshell, the R Class is a 4x4 with the best features of a 4x4 removed and all you are left with is a badly developed and compromised car.

31 March 2010

[quote artill]What percentage of Autocar staff think the R series is Front wheel drive?[/quote]

Thanks for updating the web site. It still front wheel drive according to my copy of the magazine though.

31 March 2010

[quote Autocar] LED daytime driving lights are optional.[/quote]

What are daytime driving lights ? Something between daytime running lights and headlights ?

31 March 2010

Dinosaur is back!

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The Mercedes R-Class is "a wholly new motoring experience" according to its maker. But is it?

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