2011 Mercedes R-Class finally goes on sale (EU)
Revealed earlier this year at the 2010 New York motorshow, the updated R-Class gets a reworked fascia that heavily borrows from the company's recent sedans. For the U.S market, the 2011 model will offer a choice of two previous engine choices: a 268bhp 3.5 litre V6 and a 210bhp 3.0 litre V6 turbo-diesel engine.
In Europe, Mercedes will promote the R350 CDI 4Matic, powered by a more powerful version of the 3.0 litre V6 turbo-diesel, producing 262bhp and a muscular 620Nm of torque. Acceleration from 0-60mph takes less than 7.6 seconds, and tops out at 146mph.
The seating arrangements in the R-Class consist of; 2+2+0, 2+3+0, 2+2+2 & 2+3+2. In SWB form, the R-Class crossover has a cargo capacity of 1,950 litres, while the LWB can hold upto 2,385 litres of luggage. All R-Class models get the 7G-Tronic 7 speed automatic transmission.
Surprisingly, upto 50% of all R-Classes goto China, making it the largest market for the crossover.