The redesigned 2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class raises the bar for the luxury crossover vehicle segment. In addition to the fresh exterior, the R-Class continues to boast a number of unique interior virtues, including the flexible use of space found in the latest crossovers combined with luxurious, first-class comfort.
At the front of the R-Class, the hood, fenders, radiator grille, headlamps and bumper have been completely redesigned. The new hood has more defined contours, complemented by an arrow-shaped front edge. The wider, higher radiator grille is more steeply angled, while the rear fascia incorporates striking, clear-cut lines.
The R-Class offers a variety of seating options: designed for maximum comfort, the crossover offers six seats as standard or an optional seventh seat.
Upholstery offerings include black, almond beige or ash in both MB-Tex or optional leather. The seats feature a new transverse and linear piping design. The interior also features standard burl walnut trim. The cockpit impresses with its newly designed instrument cluster. The dials and needles have a white background, and are even easier to read thanks to a three-dimensional effect.
With the R350 BlueTEC 4MATIC, Mercedes-Benz continues to offer one of the cleanest diesel models in the world, achieving an output of 210 hp and substantial torque of 400 lb-ft. Equipped with highly-effective AdBlue exhaust gas after-treatment, the compression-ignition engine consumes an average 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway.
The V-6 gasoline engine gives the R350 4MATIC effortless power delivery and a moderate fuel consumption. The 3.5-liter V-6 develops 268 hp and a maximum torque of 258 lb-ft, producing fuel economy figures of 14 mpg city and 19 mpg highway.
Base model estimated mpg: 14/19
Estimated starting price: $51,175
Compiled by Motor Matters

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