• Jun 12th 2010 at 8:15PM
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2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Mercedes-Benz R-Class people-mover gets a fresh new exterior for the 2011 model year. Not only does it incorporate the automaker's new corporate face, with the dinner-plate-sized logo in the middle of the grille, but the rear end has been smoothed out and the whole package looks a lot sleeker (as sleek as an R-Class can be, anyway). In all, we like the refreshed appearance, as it really tones down the bulgy proportions of the big R, and if you're shelling out top dollar for a family hauler, you'll certainly want to look your best while cruising to Costco.

Not much has changed underhood – Mercedes-Benz is still offering the naturally-aspirated 3.5-liter V6 as well as the well-received 3.5-liter Bluetec turbodiesel. The interior gets a mild freshening, as well, and we must say, it looks like a wonderful place for long-distance cruises. Click through the gallery below to see over 100 high-res images of the 2011 R-Class.

[Source: Mercedes-Benz]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Meh...Wait, how much? Seriously? ...Well, at least it's less ugly than the outgoing one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice. Beautiful shots from the Gulf Coast there. Notice the Alabama plates.

      Rest assured that the beautiful beaches shown in the photos are now stained with oil.

      More fossil-fueled cars please! There's more beaches to ruin!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Get used to the double foglight treatment...I saw that on upcoming CLS AMG.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Tested this when we bought our Odyssey a couple of years ago. It touched on all the right features but missed the mark where it mattered. Wasn't luxurious enough...kind of cheap actually. Didn't drive any better than the Honda and ultimately made too many sacrifices in space and utility to the minivan. It just didn't raise the sport/luxury bar sufficiently above the Odyssey to justify the sacrifice in utility. This was without factoring in the cost difference.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not a 3.5 litre diesel, right? It's a 3.0 litre V6. As far as I know.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think Mercedes is way out on this model. I wonder how their sales look for this class. I agree with some of the others, most families aren't going to go this direction for a family vehicle.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Top dog of the mini van world... i mean MPV world (Mercedes drivers are too sophisticated to drive something called a "mini van"
      • 5 Years Ago
      I actually tried to talk myself into a [heavily depreciated] R-Class a few months ago. The hopeless sales staff didn't even know how to fold the seats! I wound up in a Sienna and never looked back. I've had 'real' cars and one thing I realized is that the R-Class is all flash with not much in return. It's problematically lonnnnng, hardly holds anything, has a granny column shift, looks iffy. It's a big 'eh'.You're right The real minivans satisfy even in the premium context.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I LOVE the cheap, black, plastic, honeycomb around the fog lights!
      • 5 Years Ago
      yeah that's right, Punk. I'm driving a $60k mini van, wanna fight about it?
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's funny, I kind of think of this as the opposite.

        "I'm not driving a minivan! Do you see sliding doors on this thing? Does a minivan have AWD?"

        Even though, as we all know, they are driving a glorified minivan. Which I don't really have a problem with, why lie to yourself about it though?
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks better than before, but that's not saying much. Who would want to spend $60k for something with the practicality of a station wagon, mixed with the design "flair" of a minivan? Why not just get a E-class wagon?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Here's this car's problem:
      * If your ego can't stand the idea of buying a minivan, you're probably the kind of person who is going to buy a "real" crossover (eg, the GL-Class) because the R is too minivan-ish anyway.
      * If you're the kind of person who wants a really nice minivan, you're probably not that much of a badge snob and take the more functional (and holistically better and certainly more reliable) Sienna XLE or Odyssey Touring.

      The R is not a bad vehicle---I'd certainly buy an R63 AMG if I had the money---but it's the answer to a question no one is asking. Adding sliding doors, dropping the floor and raising the roof (in other words, making it a real minivan) would probably help, but even then it's still appealing to a market that's really thin. The B-Class, brand-sullying twerp that it is, is actually answering a need (people who want a premium car with badge appeal, but without the sport-related compromises of a traditional sedan/wagon); the R was designed with no clear idea of who it would actually buy it.

      Mercedes (and the other Germans) are good at that. I suspect it's an ego thing: you have to build it, even if it's pointless, so that you can say you built it first.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "brand-sullying twerp"

        I wish someone had come up with that moniker when the 318ti and C Coupe came around so long ago.
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