Mercedes-Benz Australia today announced a variety of changes for the R-Class set for October, including the introduction of a new entry model as well as seating for seven as a standard feature.
Although perhaps not the best looking car in Mercedes’ showrooms, the R-Class, which has only been in Australia since mid-2006 is a sports tourer according to the German manufacturer.
First presented by Mercedes-Benz in 2002, the R-class is designed to combine all the useful features from an estate, a sporty saloon and an SUV into one neat package.
Currently retailing from a starting price of $85,900, the R 320 CDI is set to be replaced by the new rear-wheel drive R 280 CDI as the entry model, bringing the starting price for the R-Class down to $78,990.
Gearing up for launch at the same time as next month’s 2007 Australian International Motor Show in Sydney, the R 280 CDI will utilise a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6, with 140 kW of power and 440 Nm of torque, with a combined fuel economy of only 8.9 litres of diesel per 100km.
The starting price might sound expensive, and Mercedes along with BMW, are generally known to be the option kings, but for the R-Class, the standard equipment list is anything but lacking. Apart from the Mercedes badge, the entry model R 280 CDI gets:
As well as the introduction of the new R 280 CDI, the remaining model line up also receive a variety of additional features.
Buyers who opt out for the mid-range all-wheel drive R 350 ($91,900) and R 320 CDI ($94,900) or the range topping R 500 ($124,990) now have a choice between two Luxury Packages, fitted as standard equipment.
Luxury Package 1
Luxury Package 2
However, if both package don’t interest you, you can leave the box blank and save a cool $8,000 of the RRP.
The R 500 also gets Bi-xenon headlamps as standard equipment, but the big news is the new powerplant for the range-topper.
The R 500’s previous 5.0-litre V8 (225 kW – 460Nm) has made way for an even bigger 5.5-litre petrol V8 with a monstrous 285 kW of power and 530Nm of torque. The 5.5-litre has so far proven it self in the E-, CLS, S- and GL-Class.
Somehow Mercedes has also managed to bring fuel economy to just 12.9L/100km, a 0.4-litre improvement over the smaller, less powerful engine!
All models have the following options
Vision Package – $4,800
Premium Package – $4,900