Mercedes Benz R-Class

Mercedes Benz is starting 2006 with a flurry of new model price announcements, option packs and the introduction of traffic jam-busting TMC technology into its range.

R-Class ‘Grand Sports Tourer’

The revolutionary six-seat R-Class will arrive in UK showrooms on 6th April. The standard wheelbase R 350 retails for £38,470 on the road, with the R 320 CDI costing just £5 more, due to the diesel surcharge for road fund licences. Buyers can opt for the long wheelbase version - giving an extra 235 mm between the axles - for £1500. In addition to the standard variant, SE and Sport upgrades are available, costing £2,950 each. The range-topping R 500, available in SE or Sport trim only, starts from £49,990 on the road.

Equipment and specification levels are generous, and each model has the seven-speed 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission with Speedtronic speed limiter and cruise control as standard (controlled by a DIRECT SELECT wand on the steering column); as well as permanent 4MATIC four-wheel drive. Automatic headlights and windscreen wipers; Parameter speed-sensitive power-assisted steering; automatic climate control; 17" seven-spoke alloy wheels (with 235/65 R 17 tyres) and three rows of spacious seating all feature on every model. Partial electric adjustment of the front seats is coupled with a reach/rake adjustable steering column to give drivers the perfect seating position.

Six electric windows (rear row has vent opening) give everyone a breath of fresh air, meaning each of the individually-folding seats has an outside view. Long wheelbase variants also include Parktronic parking sensors to make reversing and low speed positioning easier.

As with every Mercedes Benz, safety is paramount. All R-Class models share a wealth of safety features including ABS with BAS brake assist, and ESP electronic stability program with ASR acceleration skid control. The permanent 4MATIC four-wheel drive system is controlled by the latest 4-ETS traction control system.

Every seat has a three-point safety belt with pre-tensioners and belt force limiters, while front seat occupants also have the benefits of the pioneering PRE-SAFE anticipatory occupant protection system. Neck Pro front head restraints push forwards and upwards in the event of a severe impact, reducing whiplash injuries.

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Published : 26/01/06 Author : Melanie Carter

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