|Mercedes-Benz R350 (US)|
|Parent company||Daimler AG|
|Assembly||Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA|
Mexico City, Mexico
|Class||Minivan / Full-size crossover SUV|
|Body style(s)||5-door wagon|
|Layout||Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive|
|Wheelbase||3215 mm (126.6 in)|
|Length||5157 mm (203.0 in)|
|Width||2006-08: 1922 mm (75.7 in)|
2009-: 77.1 in (1958 mm)
|Height||1661 mm (65.4 in)|
|Related||Mercedes-Benz M-Class |
The R-Class is a Multi-purpose vehicle,(MPV) offered by Daimler AG in 2006 model year under the Mercedes-Benz brand. It is the first minivan ever produced by Mercedes-Benz, although it does not have sliding doors, which many consumers, particularly Americans, associate with minivans. It was first seen at the 2001 Detroit Auto Show as the Vision GST (Grand Sports Tourer) concept, and the final production vehicle was shown at the 2005 New York International Auto Show. The R-Class is built on the V251 chassis, and is assembled in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Mexico City. It is priced between the M-Class and the GL-Class. It is marketed by Mercedes-Benz as a "Sports Cruiser."
The R-Class is offered in two wheelbases, 2980 mm (117.3 in) and 3215 mm (126.6 in).
Models using BlueTec Diesel engine will be introduced for the 2009 model year.
|R 280 CDI||3.0 L V6||190 PS (187 hp/140 kW)|
|R 320 CDI||3.0 L V6||224 PS (221 hp/165 kW)|
|R 280||3.0 L V6||231 PS (228 hp/170 kW)|
|R 350||3.5 L V6||272 PS (268 hp/200 kW)|
|R 500||5.0 L V8||306 PS (302 hp/225 kW)|
|R 500||5.5 L V8||388 PS (383 hp/285 kW)|
|R 63 AMG||6.2 L V8||510 PS (503 hp/375 kW)|
The AMG version of the W251, the R63 AMG, was introduced at the 2006 North American International Auto Show as a 2007 model. It features a handbuilt 6.2 L M156 V8 engine producing 503 hp (375 kW) and 465 ft·lbf (630 N·m) of torque. Mercedes-Benz's 7G-Tronic seven-speed automatic transmission is standard, but the R63 features AMG-calibrated shift times with shifting buttons on the back of the steering wheel.
The R63 AMG is electronically limited to a top speed of 155 mph (249 km/h), with 0-60 mph time of 5.0~ seconds. It is no longer sold in the United States.
Mercedes-Benz announced in May 2007 that the R-Class range would be broadened. Rear-wheel drive variants will be available in addition to the four-wheel-drive versions, and more flexible seating options (5, 6, or 7-seat versions) would be offered, AMG styling and a new three litre petrol and diesel engine will be available in the R280 and R280 CDI.
Poor sales and replacement
Sales have not met with manufacturer's expectations, having fallen well short of a planned 50,000 a year. In 2007 only 13,031 vehicles were sold worldwide, and Mercedes is currently working on a replacement for the R-Class.  The R-Class will get a minor face-lift for 2010.
|US Calendar Year||Sales|
- "MBUSI to produce Mercedes’ first hybrid in wake of poor R-Class reception", article published January 15 in Tuscaloosa News, http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20080115/LATEST/64323222
- Mercedes-Benz International
- Experience the R-Class - the Grand Sports Tourer
- R350 Gallery - FamilyCar.com, R500 images available.
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