Mercedes-Benz R-Class

R-Class Short version (2006-2007)

The Mercedes -Benz R-Class (internal designation: Series 251) refers to a people carrier from the region of the upper class of Mercedes- Benz, which has been built since 2005.

It was first introduced to the public at the New York International Auto Show 2005 in New York City. But a very similar concept vehicle called Vision GST was introduced in 2002. Mercedes -Benz himself called the R-Class Grand Sports Tourer initially as GST shortly. 2007, the name was changed in the SUV Tourer; parallel to the 251 series has been revised. In the United States, the main market of the R-Class, began shipping in the fall of 2005, in Europe in 2006. They are produced by Mercedes -Benz U.S. International in Vance in Tuscaloosa (Alabama / USA).

Mid-2012, the R-Class was withdrawn from the U.S. market in mid- October 2012 by all remaining markets. In China, the R-Class, however, continue to be offered.


The body of the vehicles, the R -Class was supposed to represent a new, own vehicle category. She shares with the M-Class the technical basis and is offered in the short version with a vehicle length of 4922 mm and a long version with a length of 5157 mm. The internal type designation reads W 251 (short version ) and V 251 (long version ). The R-Class has standard a tank volume of 80 l

The R-Class offers normally sleeps six (4 2 seats). When folded down rear seat is a cargo volume of 2001 liters (short version ) or 2436 liters (long version ) are available. From April 2007, a 5 2 seater version ( as five series and two as an optional extra ) is available.

R-Class with AMG package Short (2006-2007)

Small facelift (2007-2010)

Just one year after its launch missed the Mercedes R-Class a facelift. The AMG sports package, which was previously subject to additional surcharge is, since standard equipment. This change other aprons at the front and at the rear of the appearance of the R-Class. Furthermore, the revised version to the round fog lamps can recognize. On the technical side, the 3.0 -liter V6 came with 170 kW ( 231 hp ) (R 280) as the base gasoline engine in the model program. Also, the R 280 CDI with 140 kW (190 hp ) was added as a base diesel engine. The R 500 was, as well as revised in all series and makes henceforth 285 kW ( 388 hp ). Since the facelift, there are also pure Hinterradtriebler in the model range.

Rear view

R 320 CDI 4MATIC Long (2007-2010)

Rear view

A big upgrade (since 2010)

End of March 2010 were published the first images of the second, major facelift. Deliveries of these vehicles since 18 September 2010. At the front, a hood with a more pronounced wedge shape and a large radiator grille with three fins, one drawn in the width front bumper with daytime running lights and fog lamps and redesigned headlights will be used. Optional daytime running lights are available along with darkened bi -xenon headlamps with LED technology. At the rear, the lights have been revised. Thus, these now have a redesigned look and work with LED. The rear bumper reflectors were incorporated. There is also a diffuser under the bumper in black with chrome and integrated tailpipes. The side mirrors have been replaced by the C-Class. The interior was only slightly revised: There are more colors available equipment and a new steering wheel is installed. The R-Class can be configured with the optional AMG Interior Sports package. This package includes AMG sports seats in nappa leather, fully electrically adjustable front seats with multi - function AMG sports steering wheel with shift paddles, floor mats with " AMG" lettering, sports pedals in brushed stainless steel with rubber studs and an interior light package. Also for the external appearance of the R-Class, there are two packages: So the chrome package includes a larger number of chrome trim. Additional property the Exterior Sports package to choose from, which includes the extent of the chrome package and additionally 20 - inch alloy wheels in 5- twin-spoke design, insulated glass blue and steel Front suspension and an air suspension with level control provides the back. For the first time the R-Class from autumn 2010 as a 5 -, 6 -, or 7- seater. In addition, for the first time the Blind Spot Assist and Neck-Pro luxury head restraints are used. The motors only the R 350 CDI 4MATIC was revised. Here comes the new OM 642 LS diesel engine for use: It develops 195 kW ( 265 hp) and 620 Nm.

Grand Edition special model

Put from autumn 2009 until the facelift in autumn 2010 Mercedes a special model called the Grand Edition. This includes 20-inch, two-tone AMG light- alloy wheels and dark-tinted tail lights in sport optics. In addition, all discs, as in the earlier avant-garde equipment lines, tinted blue. Bi -xenon headlights with curve and cornering light are standard. Another feature of the Grand Edition is the LED daytime running lights in the front apron, which the E-and S- class in appearance similar. Inside, the special edition of special wood trim with chrome trim and an AMG ergonomic sports steering wheel with gearshift paddles can recognize. There is also a sports pedals in brushed stainless steel with rubber studs. The special model is combined with all engines and wheelbases.


The vehicles of the R- Class will be offered in January 2006 in the following variants (all models with additional or 4MATIC AMG have all-wheel drive, other rear-wheel drive ):