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Daimler has published new details regarding the 2011 Mercedes R Class along with a large new image gallery.  

The range opening version is the 2011 Mercedes R 300 CDI BE which is also the most fuel efficient as it needs between 7.6 and 7.8 litres of fuel per 100 Km and has CO2 emissions of 199 - 206 grams per Km. The 2011 Mercedes R 300 CDI BE extracts power from a 3.0-litre V6 that produces 190 HP (140 kW) thanks to which accelerating from 0 to 100 Km/h takes 9.5 seconds.

At the other end of the spectrum we find the 2011 Mercedes R 500 4MATIC that comes fitted with a 5.5-litre V8 packing 388 HP (285 kW), enough to make the German MPV accelerate to 100 Km/h from a standstill in 6.3 seconds. Fuel consumption and CO2 emission in this care are between 13.2 - 13.4 litres/100 Km and 306-311 g/Km respectively.

All 2011 Mercedes R Class models come fitted as standard with the 7G-TRONIC transmission, and pricing ranges from 42,100 Euros to 62,400 Euros.

Mercedes press release :

Stuttgart  – After a world premiere at the New York International Auto Show in March this year and the positive feedback received there, Mercedes-Benz is convinced that it is on the right track with the new-generation R-Class. A completely redesigned front section in particular enhances the overall look of this model, with styling cues taken from Mercedes-Benz saloon and SUV models. The interior of the "twenty-ten" model year R-Class complements this fresh exterior, combining as it does the good use of space found in the latest MPV models with the comfort, high-class appeal and prestige of classic Mercedes-Benz luxury-class saloons. At the same
time this latest generation retains the interior versatility of its predecessor, whilst also benefiting from the robustness and all-wheel drive capability it draws from the Mercedes-Benz SUVs.
Engine line-up: economical drive systems
In addition to the modern petrol variants adoptedfrom the preceding model, with their customary effortless power delivery and high drive comfort, the appeal of the R-Class is now also enhanced by a range of optimised diesel engines. Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Daimler AG Board of Management with responsibility for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development: "We have reworked theR-Class completely, thereby adding to its appeal and enhancing its premium qualities, but without losing any of the advantages of this unique vehicle concept. On top of this, our BlueEFFICIENCY strategy makes the R-Class the most economical and environmentally friendly MPV in the premium segment“.
Despite delivering the same output and improved performance compared with the preceding model, the new R 300 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY consumes around 7 percent less fuel, at 7.6 l per 100 km*. The new R 350 CDI 4MATIC combines the high performance of a V8 model with the low fuel consumption of an economical V6 variant. It is happy with just 8.5 litres of diesel* per one hundred kilometres, thereby undercutting its predecessor by 0.8 litres – yet is able to offer significantly enhanced performance. While previously the maximum performance topped out at 165 kW (224 hp), the V6 diesel engine now boasts 195 kW (265 hp) as well as 620Newton metres of torque. Making its debut here in the R-Class, it is a powerful package that enables this most dynamic of all the diesel-powered R-Class models to achieve effortlessly superior levels ofperformance. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes 7.6 seconds, while the top speed is 235 km/h.
With the R 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC, Mercedes-Benz is offering one of the cleanest diesel models in the world. The V6 engine achieves an output of 155 kW (211 hp) and torque of 540Newton metres. Compared with its predecessor, this model also manages to achieve reduced fuel consumption and lower emissions while providing enhanced performance. Thanks to AdBlue© exhaust after-treatment, the compression-ignition engine consumes an average of 0.3 of a litre less, at 8.4 litres of diesel* per one hundred kilometres, generating in the process the same level of emissions as a comparable petrol engine. As a result, this model currently already meets the emission values planned for 2014 according to the EU6 standard. All other petrol and diesel versions of the R-Class meet the EU5 standard.
* combined NEDC consumption)
Key technical data*:
kW/hp at rpm
Nm from rpm
0-100 km/h (s)
Top speed (km/h)
l/100 km NEDC combined
CO2 g/km
R 300 CDI BE 1
140/190 3800
440 1400
7.6 - 7.8
195/265 3800
620 1600
7.6 (7.7)3
235 (235) 3
8.5 (8.5) 4
223 (223) 3
R 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC 2
155/211 3400
540 1600
8.4 - 8.5
R 300
170/231 6000
300 2500
9.6 (9.7)
222 (222)
11.1 - 11.3 (11.1 - 11.4)
260-265 (260-267)
R 350 4MATIC
200/272 6000
350 2400
8.3 (8.4)
230 (230)
11.6 - 11.9 (11.7 - 11.9)
271-279 (274-279)
R 500 4MATIC 2
285/388 6000
530 2800
13.2 - 13.4
* Data for the international model range, which may vary from country to country.
CDI/BlueTEC = diesel models
2 only available with long wheelbase
3 figures in brackets apply to long wheelbase variant
4 electronically limited
Geared up: 7G-TRONIC as standard in all models
All R-Class models are equipped with the latest-generation of the innovative
7G-TRONIC automatic transmission. This seven-speed transmission now has new bearings and couplings, operates with different oil pressures and uses a new, low-friction oil. These measures reduce friction and churning losses, thereby improving efficiency. The new torque converter with slip-reducedlockup clutch likewise improves efficiency and aids fuel economy. In addition, standstill decoupling lowers fuel consumption. This technical feature reduces transmission input torque in "D" when the car is at rest, for example at traffic lights. This lowers the stress on the engine, making for lower fuel consumption, better vehicle acoustics and smoother idling. The slip-controlled clutch is engaged as soon as the driver releases the operating brake, ensuring no delay when the vehicle moves off.
Simply stunning: the design of the R-Class
The latest generation of the R-Class features a new, self-assured appearance. The overall impression is determined by anintegrity of design that encapsulates the unique personality of this highly versatile vehicle. The focus of the designers was the completely revised front section which, by emphasising the width and making use of ahorizontally structured bonnet, affords the entire vehicle a look whichis as harmonious as it is powerfully dynamic. As well as the bonnet, the vehicle's wings, radiator grille and surround, headlamps and bumperswith chrome underguard have all been completely redesigned. As an optional extra, a chrome insert with integrated LED daytime driving lights in conjunction with bi-xenon headlamps is available to enhance the look of the R-Class even further.
The side view features coupé-like lines - a pleasant contrast to conventional MPVs - and is characterised by the modified exterior mirror housings and the wheel design. Wheels are available in 5-spoke, 5-twin spoke or 10-spoke designs, and in sizes ranging from 43.2 to 53.3 centimetres (17 to 21 inches). The design idiom of the front is continued consistently through to the rear section which, with its new bumper covering, modified tail lamps and integrated tailpipe trim, has also been given an accentuated wide look. The 2010 model year R-Class looks particularly attractive in the new "diamond white" paint finish.
Wellness program: a relaxed environment for both longer journeys and everyday use
Particularly where seating variations are concerned, the interior of the new R-Class offers a great deal of scope:in its standard version this saloon designed for relaxed, safe touring has five seats, but four, six or seven-seater configurations are also possible. The front seats are partially electrically adjustable as standard, and on request the front occupants can also enjoy actively ventilated, heated multicontour seats with fully electric adjustments and a memory function. The R-Class also reveals another benefit in the form of its large, versatile luggage compartment: in the standard-wheelbase versions the luggage compartment holds up to 1950 litres, while the long-wheelbase version boasts 2385 litres. In all five-seat variants there is a separate stowage compartment beneath the load compartment floor, while the optional EASY PACK tailgate, which canbe operated remotely by means of a switch or key, also makes access to the luggage compartment easier. As such the R-Class is the most variableand spacious vehicle in the entire Mercedes-Benz passenger car product range.
The bright, classic interior - which seems even more spacious when fitted with the optional panoramic glass sunroof - makes use of new materials and colour combinations to enhance the high-class appeal and quality of this luxury tourer. At the same time they underline the sense of wellbeing inside the vehicle which is so typical of a Mercedes-Benz. Available interior appointments include the upholstery combination of "Aspen" fabric and breathable, soft-touch ARTICO man-made leather.
Two-tone interior appointments are a new additionto the range: this is where the base colour almond beige can be combined with the contrasting shade of mocha brown. Alternatively, the base colour alpaca grey combined with contrasting dark basalt grey is also available. Both colour combinations are used on the dashboard, steering wheel, centre console, seats, door linings and floor coverings.When choosing ARTICO or leather appointments at the same time, the piping is finished in a contrasting colour. The AMG Interior Sports package includes single-tone black nappa leather appointments as standard. As alternatives to the aluminium trim with a dark longitudinalgrain or the chrome trim in silver shadow, it is also possible to orderluxurious wood trims in high-gloss brown eucalyptus, high-gloss brown burred walnut or high-gloss anthracite poplar.
Model range: the R-Class with a personal touch
The nine basic variants already provide plenty ofopportunity to select an R‑Class to suit specific individual requirements. All models boast numerous features as standard which help to make travelling both on long journeys as well as on short urban tripseven safer and more relaxed. These features include the unique anticipatory occupant protection system PRE-SAFE®, a complete restraint system with eight airbags, crash-active NECK-PRO head restraints, a tyrepressure loss warning system and adaptive brake lights. Safety is also enhanced thanks to high-performance telematic systems such as the Audio 20, Audio 50 APS or COMAND APS with an extremely user-friendly interface.
The THERMATIC automatic climate control system isfitted with a combination filter to further reduce pollutants which maybe contained in the outside air entering the vehicle. As an optional extra, a THERMOTRONIC system providing separate rear air conditioning isavailable to meet all interior air conditioning requirements. The spacious glove compartment now comes with an AUX-IN connection for external audio or entertainment devices. Connection options can also be extended further with an optional Media Interface (UCI).
To complement the extensive standard equipment, the R-Class provides a variety of assistant systems which push ride comfort and safety to the highest level and underpin the vehicle's leading position in this market segment. These include DISTRONIC proximity control, AIRMATIC air suspension with the Adaptive Damping System (ADS), or Blind Spot Assist, which can make changing lanes significantly safer. The modern LINGUATRONIC voice control system makes using the telematics systems even easier and more convenient, while a reversing camera provides for smooth, easy parking or manoeuvring in blind spots. As soon as the driver engages "R" gear, the image from the camera is shown on the high-resolution COMAND APS display. Rear passengers, meanwhile, can enjoy their own entertainment programme thanks to the rear seat entertainment system. Seat heating can also be ordered for the second row of seats to increase comfort even further in winter.
Valuation: surveys confirm high resale expectations
Experience shows that Mercedes-Benz models are among the most stable on the market in terms of value retention, and they therefore offer a significant financial advantage. This was confirmed once again last year by a neutral third-party when the German specialist magazine "Auto Bild" selected the "2010 Value Champions" in different vehicle categories based on surveys conducted by Saarbrücken-based market research institute Bähr & Fess Forecast. The "Value Champion" among MPVs, the R 300 CDI, emerged at the head of the field in this market segment, and according to the forecasts would retain a value of 47.5 percent after four years. The R‑Class already held this leading position in an expert analysis of residual values lastyear.

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