Mercedes-Benz Debuts 2011 R-Class At New York Auto Show Today

Posted on March 31, 2010 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

The highly “chauffeured compatible” R-350 Mercedes 2011 models take center stage for the next few weeks.

NEW YORK — Mercedes-Benz is celebrating the world premiere of the redesigned 2011MY R-Class luxury crossover at the New York International Auto Show, open to the public April 2-11, 2010 at the Jacob Javits Center.

The 2011MY R-Class combines the spaciousness of a luxury SUV with the safety, style and exclusivity of a Mercedes-Benz sedan.

For the U.S. market, the R-Class is offered with a choice of two fuel-efficient engines. The R350 4MATIC delivers 268 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, yet achieves an estimated 14/19 mpg (city/hwy), while the R350 BlueTEC 4MATIC is one of the world’s cleanest diesel vehicles. The V6 turbodiesel engine generates an output of 210 hp (155 kW) and an impressive torque of 400 lb-ft. Equipped with the highly-effective AdBlue exhaust treatment system for low emissions, the diesel engine achieves an estimated 18/24 mpg (city/hwy).The models are available in 6- and 7-passenger seating configurations.

The new MY2011 R-Class conveys a new level of assertiveness, underscoring the unique personality of this multi-talented vehicle. The completely redesigned front end completely transforms its overall appearance, taking its inspiration from Mercedes-Benz sedans and SUV models. Alongside its fresh exterior, the inner values of the redesigned MY2011 R-Class also speak for themselves. At the same time, the latest generation offers the interior versatility central to the R-Class vehicle concept, while also delivering the all-weather confidence of 4MATIC allwheel drive as standard (U.S. models only).

E-Class Wagon Makes North American Debut

The new 2011MY E350 4MATIC wagon joins the sedan, coupe and cabrio models to complete the versatile E-Class lineup. Featuring standard 4MATIC all-wheel drive and a 7-speed automatic transmission, the V6 E350 4MATIC wagon features a 3.5- liter V6 producing 268-hp and 258 lb-ft. of torque. Detailed with expressive aluminum roof rails, the sleek 2011 E-Class wagon appears to have continuous side windows from the front windshield all the way to the rear lift gate, thanks to flush roof pillars trimmed to blend with the side glass.

A 60-40 fold-down rear seat makes for cavernous cargo capacity that’s highly flexible; the E350 4MATIC wagon is the only vehicle in its market segment to feature seven-place seating as standard. With coil spring suspension up front and electronically controlled air springs at the rear, the load-leveling air suspension keeps the car level regardless of the cargo weight.

For photos of the R-350, visit the Mercedes Benz USA Web site.

Source: Mercedes-Benz USA

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