$43,000 – $87,400 MSRP
$39,990 – $81,282 Invoice
12 / 16 MPG City/Hwy
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Launched as an all-new model in 2006, there are a few, but significant, changes for the Mercedes-Benz R-Class for 2007, including a new, 507-hp high-performance version and a high-mileage, diesel-powered model.
The R-Class may look like a luxurious station wagon, which it in some sense is, but it shares much of its underpinnings with the rugged M-Class midsize sport utility vehicle, and is built in the same assembly plant in Alabama. The R-Class features 3 rows of paired seats, and is very much a luxury vehicle that drives like a car, rather than a truck or utility vehicle.
Standard equipment includes 3 rows with seating for 6 people (plus luggage space behind the third row), a multi-function steering wheel, two-zone climate controls, 6-way front power seats, a tilt and telescoping steering column, automatic headlamps, 32-ounce front cupholders, four rear cupholders, four 12-volt power outlets, a HomeLink garage door opener, side curtain air bags that span all rows, anti-lock brakes, a rear fog lamp, electronic stability control, and more.
Four models are available: R350, R500, R63 AMG, and R320 CDI. The R350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 268 hp. The R500 gets a 302-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 and the AMG version gets a 503-hp, 6.3-liter V-8 that is hand-built by specialists at Mercedes' in-house tuning shop. The R320 CDI carries a new 3.0-liter V-6 engine that burns clean-diesel fuel and pumps out 216 hp and a whopping 398 lb.-ft. of torque-far more than the V-8 in the R500 model. Yet this new diesel is rated at 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
The Mercedes-Benz R-Class competes in the Midsize Premium Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) segment, which consists of 14 models. Buyers in this segment look for quality, reliability, and performance, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Lexus RX Series (108,348 units sold), Acura MDX (54,121), and Volvo XC90 (33,200). The Mercedes-Benz R-Class sold 18,168 units in 2006, an increase of 266.4 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Midsize Premium CUV segment include the Mercedes-Benz M-Class, BMW X5, Infiniti FX-Series, Cadillac SRX, and Porsche Cayenne. Joining the segment in 2007 is the Lincoln MKX.