Mercedes is putting a lot of weight behind the new R-Class packaging: a minivan for adults. MB has quoted the price of the V-6 powered R350 under $50,000, which isn't cheap. So what do you get for that price: A car that Mercedes wants you to see as having the best of all SUV, luxury wagon and sports sedan.
Let?s put it in perspective. The R-Class is big. The wagon is 5 inches longer than the full-size Cadillac Escalade truck, giving the R class-leading third row room.
All R-Class vehicles will come with a seven-speed automatic transmission and full-time 4MATIC four-wheel drive. The R350 has a 3.5-liter aluminum V-6 that produces 268 horsepower and 258 ft-pounds for torque.
Upgrade to the R500 to boost power to 302 hp/339 lb-ft of torque. The R500 also get 18-inch wheels, heated seats, silver grille, exterior chrome accents and burl walnut interior trim. An AMG Sport Package will also be available when the cars come to the market.
I still haven?t warmed up to the look, even after spending time in and around them at the auto show. The Pacifica has found a niche, only after a lower price version was brought to market. It still remains to be seen whether the U.S. will warm up the much more expensive Mercedes take on the six-passenger wagon scene.