On the outside, the facelifted SUV Tourer is distinguishable by the new bodykit at the front and rear, circular fog lamps and 18-inch light-alloy wheels for all V6 versions. The top-of-the-range R500 4MATIC is fitted with 19-inch wheels. R-Class customers can also choose from three new paint colours: calcite white, sanidine beige or periclase green.
The engine line-up is augmented by a new V6 petrol powerplant in the R280, which develops 170kW/231hp. The R500 4MATIC model also features a new engine in the shape of a 5.5L V8 developing 285kW/388hp (a hefty 82hp more than the old model) and a peak torque of 530Nm.
More importantly for Mercedes, a new range of low-end R-classes will be made available in the form of R280 CDI, the R280 and the R350, all of which can be mated to a RWD chassis. The goal is to reduce the entry price to the R-class and hopefully attract more buyers.
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