Some vehicles never quite live up to their initial expectations, and the original Mercedes-Benz R-Class was one of those. Of course, it would have helped if the automaker did a better job of positioning the people mover. Those who bought the R-Class were generally pleased with its van-like qualities, but the van-like looks didn’t quite live up to the official designation of “sport tourer.”
So, Mercedes is giving it another try, with a fairly significant mid-cycle update that looks more sporty – “a new level of assertiveness,” in the automaker’s words – but still maintains the original R-Class functionality. The 2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class will make its formal debut, this week, at the New York International Auto Show.
The new nose on the 2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class is less droopy, with a taller hood and wider grille, as well as a revised fascia and the addition of LED driving lamps. There’s a new rear bumper, restyled tailpipes and an updated taillights, as well. All add up to a look that’s more macho, SUV-like.