Mercedes-Benz M-Class Grand Edition and New Generation R-Class
Two new models are enhancing the Mercedes-Benz portfolio, the new-generation R-Class and 2011 M-Class Grand Edition
by John Clark | 05 May 2010
Two new models are enhancing the Mercedes-Benz model port-folio in spring 2010. The new-generation R-Class can be ordered now, with an entry-level price of Euro 42,100*. With a total of nine basic versions, this attractive, multi-talented series offers the widest model range in the premium touring saloon segment. The M-Class Grand Edition is entering model year 2011 with a price advantage of up to Euro 2670*. This exclusive variant of the company’s bestselling premium SUV, more than 1 million of which have been sold to date, has a number of attractive, additional features which make this model even more desirable.
The new-generation R-Class has the appearance of being cast from a single mould. The completely redesigned front end with its restyled bonnet, wings, radiator grille, headlamps and bumper gives the entire vehicle a harmonious, dynamic and powerful presence. On request, the front end of the R-Class can be further enhanced by a chrome clasp with integrated daytime driving lights in conjunction with bi-xenon headlamps. Light-alloy wheels in a 5-spoke, 5-twin-spoke or 10-spoke design with sizes from 43.2 to 53.3 centimetres (17 to 21 inches) and the revised rear end with its new bumper cladding, modified tail lights and integrated exhaust tailpipes likewise increase the attractiveness of the model-year 2010 R-Class. In addition to the fresher exterior, it is the inner values of the R‑Class that impress. These include the economy of space of modern MPVs combined with the high quality and prestige of classic Mercedes-Benz saloon cars. At the same time the latest generation offers the interior variability of its predecessor, while scoring with the robustness and all-wheel drive attributes of the Mercedes-Benz SUVs.
Drive system with a high economy and fun factor
In addition to the smooth, powerful and comfort-enhancing petrol engines adopted from the preceding model, optimised diesel units increase the attractiveness of the R-Class. The basic R 300 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY model impresses with its harmonious power delivery and consumes only 7.6 l/100 km**. The R 350 CDI 4MATIC combines the performance of a V8 model with the fuel economy of a V6 variant, and is happy with 8.5 litres** of diesel per 100 kilometres. The diesel engine developing 195 kW (265 hp) and a torque of 620 newton metres catapults the most sporty of the diesel R-Class models from 0 to 100 km/h in just 7.6 seconds, with a top speed of 235 km/h. And the R 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC is one of the cleanest diesel models worldwide. This model with AdBlue© emissions control consumes 8.4 litres** of diesel per 100 kilo metres, and has emissions at the same, low level as a comparable of a petrol model. As a result, this model already meets the EU-6 exhaust emission standard envisaged for 2014. All the other petrol and diesel versions of the R-Class comply with the EU-5 standard. ** combined NEDC consumption
All R-Class models are equipped with the latest-generation 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission. This fuel-efficiency transmission has bearings and clutches designed for minimum friction. Modified oil pressures and a new low-friction oil reduce friction and churning losses. The new torque converter operates particularly efficiently, and therefore saves fuel, thanks to its slip-reduced lockup clutch. In addition, the power decoupling function at standstill in D reduces fuel consumption. This technical feature reduces the transmission’s input torque when the car is stationary, for example at traffic lights.
Extensive model range with nine basic versions
With a total of nine basic versions, the R-Class offers the widest model range in the premium touring saloon segment. Thanks to its attractive body design, comprehensive standard features and numerous individualisation options, the R-Class can be tailored to suit individual preferences. The seating variants provide a particularly wide scope: specifically designed for comfortable and safe touring, the saloon has five seats in both the standard and long-wheelbase versions, but configurations with four, six or seven seats are also possible. The R-Class offers a further advantage in the form of a large, flexibly usable luggage compartment: luggage capacity is up to 1950 litres in the versions with the standard wheelbase, and the long-wheelbase version provides 2385 litres. The optional EASY PACK tailgate with switch or key-operated remote control allows easier access to the luggage compartment. All this makes the R-Class the most variable and spacious model in the Mercedes-Benz passenger car range.
In the airy, high-quality interior, which gives an even more spacious impression with the optional panoramic glass sunroof, new materials and colour schemes improve value perception and quality even further. Standard features include an upholstery combination of Aspen fabric and breathable, pleasant-feeling ARTICO man-made leather. The interior colour schemes are new, with almond beige available in combination with mocha brown, or alpaca grey with basalt grey. Alternatively the interior can be enhanced even further with a two-tone colour scheme, in which case almond beige and black or alpaca grey and black form an interesting contrast.
Comprehensive standard equipment, attractive pricing
The price range for the R-Class model series starts at Euro 42,100 for the R 300. All the models feature numerous details as standard that make for safe and relaxed driving on both long-distance journeys and on short trips into town. These include the anticipatory occupant proitection system PRE-SAFE®, eight airbags, crash-responsive NECK-PRO head restraints, a tyre pressure warning system and adaptive brake lights. Safety is also augmented by efficient, user-friendly telematic systems such as Audio 20, Audio 50 APS or COMAND APS. THERMATIC automatic climate control is also standard equipment, as is an AUX-IN connection for external audio or entertainment devices.
In addition to the extensive standard features, the R-Class has numerous assistance systems which ensure ride comfort and safety at the highest level, and underline the leading position of the model series in this market segment. These include DISTRONIC proximity control, AIRMATIC air suspension with the Adaptive Damping System ADS or Blind Sport Assist, which is available for this model series for the first time and can make lane-changes much safer. The LINGUATRONIC voice-operated control system makes for easy and convenient operation of the telematics, while a reversing camera allows confident parking and manoeuvring in awkward spaces. The rear seat entertainment system enables passengers in the rear to enjoy their own onboard entertainment programme.
The prices for the R-Class at a glance:
|Model||kW / hp||Nm||Price*|
|R 300 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY||140 / 190||440||Euro 42,800|
|R 350 CDI 4MATIC||195 / 265||620||Euro 48,200|
|R 350 CDI 4MATIC**||195 / 265||620||Euro 49,700|
|R 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC||155 / 211||540||Euro 51,100|
|R 300||170 / 231||300||Euro 42,100|
|R 300**||170 / 231||300||Euro 43,600|
|R 350 4MATIC||200 / 272||350||Euro 47,000|
|R 350 4MATIC**||200 / 272||350||Euro 48,500|
|R 500 4MATIC**||285 / 388||530||Euro 62,400|
* excl. VAT, ** long wheelbase
The M-Class Grand Edition
The exterior of the M-Class Grand Edition is distinguishable by numerous attractive features. These include 48.3 cm (19-inch) light-alloy wheels in a Y-spoke design with tyre size 255/50 R19, blue-tinted thermal insulation glass all-round, dark-tinted headlamps and LED technology for the daytime driving lights and sporty, darkened tail lights. Aluminium roof rails and an extensive chrome package with an AMG radiator grille and underguards at the front and rear round off the additional features. Standard equipment also includes PARKTRONIC and a metallic paint finish. On request the Grand Edition can be further enhanced with a paint finish in chromite black or diamond white, and 50.8 cm (20-inch) bicolor light-alloy wheels with 265/45 R20 tyres, options which are only available for this M-Class model. A bonnet with the powerdomes typical of sporty Mercedes-Benz models is standard equipment for the V8 models ML 450 CDI 4MATIC and ML 500 4MATIC, and is available as an optional extra for the other variants.
Sheer class: the interior of the Grand Edition
The feel-good atmosphere that is the hallmark of any Mercedes-Benz impresses in the interior of the sporty yet luxurious Grand Edition interior. The eye is treated to high-grade poplar wood trim and a black roof lining. At night the ambient lighting creates a pleasant and exclusive Grand Edition mood. The hard-wearing, breathable and pleasant-feeling ARTICO man-made leather upholstery with contrasting seams and raised piping is reserved exclusively for this model series, and ensures outstanding seating comfort. The dashboard in a 3D-look is also lined with ARTICO, while the centre door panels are lined with real leather. The sporty nature of this series is accentuated by an AMG sports steering wheel in leather with shift paddles, sports pedals of brushed stainless steel with rubber studs and stainless steel door entry panels. A Grand Edition emblem on the centre console provides the reference to exclusivity. A full leather interior is available on request, likewise with contrasting seams and piping. Comfort head restraints are included as standard.
In 1997 the M-Class was the first premium SUV
The M-Class is seen as the precursor to the modern premium SUVs, and is one of the most popular SUV models worldwide. Since the world premiere of the first model generation in 1997, more than one million examples have left the production lines in Tuscaloosa, USA. Two variants of the M-Class are available to cater to the different requirements of off-road drivers: in addition to the basic 4MATIC version with its electronically controlled off-road driving modes, the “Offroad-Pro Engineering package” can be ordered to make the M-Class capable of mastering even the most difficult terrain. Like all 4MATIC models, the M-Class has a special driving mode which counters critical behaviour when towing a trailer right from the outset, thereby decisively contributing to handling safety.
Grand Edition equipment package with a price advantage of 40 percent
The new Grand Edition equipment package is available for all models in the series with the exception of the ML 63 AMG. At the package price of Euro 3990, there is a price advantage of Euro 2670 compared to ordering the features individually for the variants with a V6 engine. The price advantage is Euro 2015 for the V8 models ML 500 4MATIC and ML 450 CDI 4MATIC.
The basic prices for the M-Class “Grand Edition” at a glance:
|Model||kW / hp||Nm||Basic price*
|ML 300 CDI 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY||150 / 204||500||Euro 48,590||Euro 2670|
|ML 350 CDI 4MATIC||170 / 231||540||Euro 50,840||Euro 2670|
|ML 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC||155 / 211||540||Euro 52,840||Euro 2670|
|ML 450 CDI 4MATIC||225 / 306||700||Euro 64,540||Euro 2015|
|ML 350 4MATIC||200 / 272||350||Euro 50,090||Euro 2670|
|ML 500 4MATIC||285 / 388||530||Euro 64,590||Euro 2015|