In 2012 the M ercedes R-Class withdrawn from the US market. All other world markets followed in 2013. Only in China, where the R-Class is very popular, was the long version of the van still on offer. The Mercedes R-Class has been manufactured at the Mercedes US plant in Alabama since production began in 2005.
Built at AM General since 2015
Because Mercedes has more capacity there for the GLE, the GLE Coupé and the GL needed, the production of the R-Class be outsourced. The choice fell on the contract manufacturer AM General, who was looking for new orders after the Hummer H2 was discontinued. The Mercedes R-Class was built by AM General in Indiana from August 2015 and continues to be exclusively for the Chinese market. A corresponding agreement was reached between the two companies in January 2015. In addition to the R-Class, AM General mainly manufactures military vehicles.
Production of the Mercedes R-Class will now finally be discontinued after twelve years. The vehicles produced by then should be sold on the Chinese market by the end of 2018. Chinese customers who want a seven-seater will in future be served with the GLS and the V-Class. Since the start of production, a good 200,000 R-Class cars have been delivered to customers.
Crossover with S-Class claim
Mercedes first presented the R-Class in 2005 at the New York International Auto Show. The model was positioned as a large-capacity sedan for the luxury class, more or less an S-Class in crossover format. The M-Class provided the technical platform. The R-Class was offered in two wheelbases.
At first only a 4 + 2 seat configuration was available, later the R-Class was also available as a seven-seater. In 2010 the crossover model received a completely new front and new engines as part of a major facelift. The R-Class was powered by turbo diesel engines and petrol with a power range from 190 to 510 hp. The top model was the R63 AMG with a 6.3-liter V8 engine that accelerated the R-Class to 250 km /h. It was shifted by automatic with seven gears. The R-Class was, depending onMotorization with all-wheel drive or pure rear-wheel drive.