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First Look: 2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class

Try, try again…it’s still a van.

by on Mar.29, 2010

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class goes through an "assertive" exterior upgrade.

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.

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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.

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