• Mar 28, 2010
2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class – Click above for high-res image gallery

The R-Class has had a rough life. Not only did it suffer from odd, disproportionate styling, but Mercedes-Benz never really marketed the vehicle the way that it should have, choosing to position it as a "sports tourer," rather than the obvious upscale family hauler that it is. Dismal sales ensued. Makes sense, then, that the 2011 R-Class benefits from a slightly more comprehensive overhaul than the standard mid-cycle refresh usually entails.

Right away, we must say that the R-Class's new schnoz is a giant leap forward from drooping proboscis of the outgoing car. New, more chiseled headlamps accent a larger, more upright grille and a less angular hood. The revised lower fascia features the automaker's new quad foglight design – something we've already seen on the E- and GL-Class. Not much has been changed out back, save the standard mid-cycle enhancements (revised taillights and a tweaked bumper).

Interior changes are minimal, which is fine, since we've never really had a problem with the sports tourer people mover's cabin. Look for the typical array of Mercedes-Benz technology features, as well as a new AMG sport interior, which includes different seats, a better steering wheel with shift paddles, a new lighting package, and stainless steel pedals. As for powertrains, we expect the standard V6 engines – both petrol and diesel – to be offered. Us? We're secretly crossing our fingers for the return of the R63 AMG.

Check back later this week for full details from the New York Auto Show. In the meantime, click through the gallery below to see preview shots of the new R-Class. Hat tip to Ashley!



[Source: eMercedesBenz]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Ok, it's "Brawnier." Still don't care.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the front end with the new larger grille looks even more oddly proportioned than before. And i honestly hate the gimmacky aftermarket looking quad foglights. just ridiculous
      • 4 Years Ago
      nice. good mkt competitor.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't understand the quad foglight. What is the purpose? Does one set aim high and one set aim low?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think it actually looks good.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, there are no words to describe how much better it looks!
        Still won't be putting one in my garage, though.

        People bash BMW for pointless vehicles like the X6, but really there's no excuse for the pre-facelifted R-Class's ungodly proportions.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Am I the only one who was looking for an F1 link in when they used "Brawn" and "Mercedes-Benz" in the same headliner? =)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Chrysler Pacifica with eye candy. who cares?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The headlamps look straight off a GMC Acadia.
      • 4 Years Ago
      v8 please
      • 4 Years Ago
      Leaked, now flush.

      Send us an new-and-improved B-Class instead.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Weren't they discontinuing it?

      At least, in the US?
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's what I remember hearing about 2 years ago. MB was supposed to be offering it only to China, where is is more popular. Apparently something changed here.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Whatever "something" it was, it certainly wasn't sales figures.

        MB originally wanted to sell 25,000 of these per year in the US. In 2008 and '09 combined, they sold barely more than 10,000.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Secretly, I always have loved the R-Class. If I was in the dealership, with my own money, I think I would walk out with this and be happier than with any other Mercedes short of a CL600. But I'd be even happier with a R550 or R-Class AMG.
        • 4 Years Ago
        there is something wrong with you!.... you shouldn't have come out of the closet about ur R-class infatuation! just about every other Merc is much better looking, except maybe the B-class
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well..... another sad story here. The uniqueness R Class once enjoyed is now replaced with very conventional, boring look, just like the B-9 Tribeca as blasds78 mentioned.

        Doesn't look better.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Scrawny to Brawny..this R Class now looks better.
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