The New Mercedes Benz R-Class - Exterior Dimensions | Part Two

Mercedes Benz R-Class

Mercedes Benz R-Class

Measuring 5157 mm from nose to tail, the body of the new Mercedes Benz R-Class is akin to a luxury saloon in size but is considerably more spacious inside. This is due primarily to the sophisticated vehicle concept and a dimensional design that has been ingeniously planned right down to the finest detail: around 64% of the vehicle's overall body length is available for the occupants, proportions that conventional notchback saloons are simply unable to match.

Dimensions: spacing between seats up to 990 mm

Consequently, standards of interior spaciousness and comfort are nothing less than first-class. Take the seat spacing, for instance, which amounts to 920 mm, while the second and third rows of seats can be separated by up to 840 mm. Moreover, the second-row seats can be adjusted individually fore and aft, thereby increasing the seat spacing to as much as 990 mm. The maximum distance between the second and third rows of seats (depending on seat position) is 920 mm.

Likewise, the figures for headroom (rear: up to 1027 mm) and shoulder room (front: 1530 mm; rear: up to 1514 mm) take the levels of space and comfort aboard the Mercedes Benz R-Class into a new dimension.

Each of the vehicle's six passengers can sit back and relax in comfortable individual seats which offer the added luxury of armrests in the second row. The list of optional extras includes a centre console between the individual seats in the rear with extra stowage compartments along with large cup holders for holding both cups and bottles upright during the journey.

The separate DVD/CD player which is also available as an option gives passengers in the rear full control over their own in-car entertainment programme. Colour screens and earphone connections are integrated into the back of the head restraints in front.

The efficient air conditioning system makes long journeys aboard the new R Class all the more comfortable. In addition to the standard-specification THERMATIC dual-zone climate control featuring a separate control panel for the passengers in the rear, Mercedes Benz is also able to offer a newly developed multi-zone Luxury Climate Control system as an option. Equipped with over a dozen sensors as well as an auxiliary booster blower, the system is able to faithfully maintain the temperatures set by the driver, the front passenger and the occupants in the rear. Climate control in the new R-Class is rounded off by a separate rear air conditioning unit which can be ordered as an option for the third row of seats.

The specially developed panoramic sunroof (optional), whose glass panels extend over virtually the entire surface of the roof, ensures a cooling supply of fresh air for the interior whilst letting in a pleasant amount of extra light, which all adds up to a matchless open-air motoring sensation for the occupants.

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Published 25 March 2005 Melanie Carter

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