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Mercedes R-Class - Facelift for the touring car: a new nose should fix it

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Mercedes R-Class - Facelift for the touring car
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The face-lifted Mercedes R-Class at the New York Auto Show.

The Mercedes R-Class has a completely new face

The front end of the Mercedes R-Class . The hood has been raised at the front and is now more horizontal. The cooler increases in height and width accordingly. The headlights, the fenders and the front apron including the underride protection element have also been adapted. Optionally, LED daytime running lights and bi-xenon headlights further refine the front. The R-Class is supposed to be visually brought closer to the successful SUV and sedan models.

The changes are marginal on the flanks out. Only the exterior mirrors and the design of the light alloy wheels have been modified here. At the rear, the taillights were given a new cut and the apron was redesigned.

Mercedes R-Class: Less consumption, more power

The diesel engines in the new Mercedes R-Class have also been revised. The R 300 CDI continues to deliver 190 hp and 440 Nm, but with an average of 7.6 liters it should consume around seven percent less fuel. The all-wheel drive R 350 CDI increased to 265 hp and 620 Nm torque, but with an average of 8.5 liters it should undercut its predecessor by 0.8 liters. The R 350 CDI completes the sprint from zero to 100 in 7.6 seconds, with a top speed of 235 km /h. The consumption of the R 350 Bluetec was also reduced by 0.3 liters.

The interior of the R-Class remains largely unchanged. There is a new option to design the interior in two colors. The standard equipment now includes an aux-in connection for the audio system. Prices for the revised Mercedes R-Class have not yet been announced.

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