Mercedes-Benz tells us that it is preparing the way for the arrival in August of its versatile, new-generation R-Class following a makeover that has seen the introduction of a number of new design changes.
This crossover model, which bridges the gap between its luxury saloon and MPV models, comes with a completely redesigned front section. Particularly eye-catching is its more striking, contoured bonnet and pronounced arrow-shaped front dominated by a wider, higher, more steeply angled grille.
Other improvements include changes to wings, side skirts, headlamps and bumper. Inside, the interior versatility of its predecessor is retained through a combination of space and comfort.
In Ireland, focus will be placed on the low-consumption R 300 CDI Blue efficiency model which comes on the market at €79,225 ex works. Consuming some seven per cent less fuel than its predecessor (at 7.6 litres per 100kms ), this V6 version has a top speed of 215km/h with a 0-100km/h time of 9.5 seconds and a CO2 rating that ranges from 199-206g/km.
Sharing the billing here will be the R 300 CDI 4-Matic version at €84,700 (ex works ). This second V6 version also combines low fuel consumption of 8.5 litres per 100kms with high performance mirrored in a top speed of 235kms/h and 0-100kms of 7.6 secs. CO2 rating is 223g/km.
All R-Class models are equipped with the latest-generation 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission.