North America in autumn 2005, Europe
beginning of 2006.
Jul 19, 2005.
The new R-Class,
the Grand Sports Tourer from Mercedes-Benz, reaffirms the
role of Mercedes-Benz
as the visionary and trendsetter amongst automotive
brands. The unprecedented vehicle concept takes the
acknowledged strengths of established vehicle categories,
such as sporty Saloon, Estate, MPV and SUV,
and fuses them to create a new car with a character all of
its own, a car that is all about the three Ds: Design,
Dynamism and Dimensions. The new R-Class is being launched
first in North America, in autumn 2005; deliveries
to customers in Europe will commence at the beginning
The concept of the Grand Sports Tourer
caters to the needs of modern-minded people looking for a
car that offers tremendous versatility combined with
athletic performance. Quite apart from boasting ample
spaciousness, exemplary standards of safety and impeccable
comfort for up to six passengers, the new R-Class
also enthrals with its beguiling styling, prestigious
flair and, last but by no means least, its dynamism out on
for up to six passengers.
To put it in a nutshell: the Grand
Sports Tourer provides a wholly new motoring experience.
It was back in 2002 that Mercedes-Benz
first unveiled the revolutionary new vehicle concept to
the public; less than three years later the study has
evolved to reach series-production status.
The design provides a visual expression
of the poised, assured and dynamic character of the new
R-Class. The front end is dominated by a striking radiator
grille whose long, horizontal louvres symbolise strength
and energy - attributes which characterise more than just
the shape of the Grand Sports Tourer. The headlamps are
equally expressive. Set well to the outside, they
reinforce the powerful-looking, broad stance of the
bodywork. The arching roof line is a further typical
styling element of the new R-Class, providing a sweeping
link between the A-pillar and D-pillar and lending the car
a sleek, coupé-like silhouette. The pronounced, muscular
shoulders of the body add yet more dynamism to the Grand
Sports Tourer and reveal its true nature.
Engine outputs range from 165
kW/224 hp up to 225 kW/306 hp, clearly signalling just
what the new R-Class is capable of in terms of dynamic
performance and motoring enjoyment. The powerful V8
powerplant under the bonnet of the R 500 propels it from
standstill to 100 km/h in just 7.0 seconds and on to a top
speed of 245 km/h.
safety includes permanent all-wheel drive,
4ETS and ESP.
Also to be found in the engine line-up
is a new six-cylinder power unit with
third-generation common-rail, direct-injection technology,
whose credentials include improved fuel consumption, even
lower exhaust emissions and an audible improvement in
refinement. The V6 engine places its class-beating
peak torque of 510 Newton metres on tap from as low down
as 1600 rpm. The combined fuel consumption of the R 320
CDI is 9.3 litres per 100 kilometres.
Powered by the new 200-kW/272-hp V6
petrol engine, the R 350 accelerates from 0-100 km/h
in just 8.3 seconds and goes on to reach a top speed of
All engine models are partnered as
standard by the 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic
transmission, which itself comes with a noteworthy new
feature in the form of DIRECT SELECT. This
electronic transmission control system has allowed
Mercedes engineers to dispense with the conventional
automatic selector lever in the centre console and to
replace it instead with a lever on the steering column.
Additional gearshift buttons on the steering wheel enable
drivers to manually pre-select the seven forwards gears,
just like in a Formula One
racing car. This allows the power reserves of the six and
eight-cylinder engines to be harnessed to optimum effect
in any driving situation.
of added climate control for the rear
Permanent all-wheel drive, the
electronically controlled 4ETS traction system and
ESP team up to offer top-notch driving safety and keep the
new R-Class safely on course, even in very bad road
conditions. These systems all make up part of the
vehicle's standard specification, as does air
suspension for the rear wheels. Mercedes customers
also have the option of AIRMATIC all-round air
suspension. This is interlinked with the ADS
Adaptive Damping System, offering motorists the
facility of raising the body by up to 50 millimetres when
driving along rough roads. At high speeds above 120 km/h,
the body is automatically lowered by 20 millimetres to
reduce wind resistance.
outputs range from 165 kW/224 hp up to 225
Dimensions - Measuring 5157
millimetres from nose to tail, the body of the new Mercedes-Benz
R-Class is akin to a luxury saloon in size but is
considerably more spacious inside. This is due primarily
to the sophisticated vehicle concept and a dimensional
design that has been ingeniously planned right down to the
finest detail. Take the seat spacing, for instance, which
amounts to 920 millimetres between the first and second
rows, while the second and third rows of seats are
separated by 840 millimetres. Moreover, the second-row
seats can be adjusted individually fore and aft,
thereby increasing the seat spacing to as much as 990
millimetres. The maximum distance between the second and
third rows of seats (depending on seat position) is 920
Likewise, the figures for headroom
(rear: up to 1027 millimetres) and shoulder room (front
1530 millimetres, rear up to 1514 millimetres) take the
levels of space and comfort aboard the Mercedes-Benz
R-Class into a new dimension.
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Each of the vehicle's six passengers
can sit back and relax in comfortable individual seats
which offer the added luxury of armrests in the second
row. The list of optional extras includes a centre console
between the individual seats in the second row with extra
stowage compartments along with large cup holders for
holding both cups and bottles upright during the journey.
Families who are keen on sports and
recreational activities and who are looking for a
versatile car that can adapt to all manner of
transportation tasks quickly and easily are also catered
for by the new R-Class as only Mercedes knows how: the
four seats in the rear fold flat individually, allowing
the load capacity to be expanded to as much as 2385
litres (VDA measuring method), a figure which clearly
eclipses the load space offered by estate cars. Loading
and unloading is particularly straightforward, courtesy of
the level load floor measuring over 2.20 metres in length
and the generously proportioned EASY-PACK tailgate,
which is available with remote-control opening and closing
as an optional convenience-enhancing feature.
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Safety - Quite apart from making
travelling in the Grand Sports Tourer an extremely
comfortable experience, the very latest innovations from
Mercedes also make it an extremely safe one too: PRE-SAFE,
the multi-award-winning anticipatory protection system
which is available as an option, detects critical handling
situations and immediately springs into action to prepare
occupants and vehicle alike for an imminent collision.
Precautions include pulling the driver's and front
passenger's seat belts taut, adjusting the electrically
adjustable front passenger seat with memory function to
the optimum position and automatically closing the sliding
sunroof. These preventive protection measures improve the
seating position of the vehicle's occupants prior to
impact, thereby enhancing the restraining effect of the
seat belts and airbags.
Adaptive front airbags and front
sidebags as well as windowbags can all be
found on the standard specification list of the new
R-Class, and all passengers enjoy the added reassurance of
belt tensioners and belt force limiters. A further
Mercedes first for improving standards of occupant safety
still further is the NECK-PRO crash-responsive head
restraints (optional): in the event of a collision from
the rear, the head restraints instantly slide forwards by
44 millimetres and upwards by 30 millimetres. This has the
effect of cushioning the front passengers' heads earlier,
which reduces the risk of whiplash.
Equipment - The specially
developed panoramic sunroof (optional), whose glass
panels extend over virtually the entire surface of the
roof, ensures a cooling supply of fresh air for the
interior whilst letting in a pleasant amount of extra
light, which all adds up to a matchless open-air motoring
sensation for the occupants.
sunroof (optional) extend over virtually
the entire roof.
The efficient air conditioning system
makes long journeys aboard the new R-Class all the more
comfortable. In addition to the standard-specification THERMATIC
dual-zone climate control featuring a separate control
panel for the rear, Mercedes-Benz is also able to offer a
newly developed multi-zone THERMOTRONIC system as
an option. Equipped with over a dozen sensors as well as
an auxiliary booster blower, the system is able to
faithfully maintain the temperatures set by the driver,
the front passenger and the occupants in the rear. Climate
control in the new R-Class is rounded off by a separate
rear air conditioning unit which can be ordered as an
option for the third row of seats.
An optional DVD/CD player also gives
rear-seat passengers full control over their own in-car
entertainment programme. Colour screens and earphone
connections are integrated into the backs of the head
restraints in front.
offers a number of packages comprising valuable extras for
the new R-Class. This allows customers to appoint and
upgrade their Grand Sports Tourer to suit their personal
taste. In addition to the AIRMATIC package, options
include a styling package for the exterior, a sports
styling package featuring a specially designed instrument
cluster, sports pedals, 19-inch wheels and
power-adjustable sports seats upholstered in
Alcantara/ARTICO man-made leather.