But as these pictures prove, Mercedes is apparently planing to give it another try with a new R-class. This prototype was snapped in the U.S. by our photographers today and wears massive camouflage on front and rear.
It is rumoured the car will receive a front-end facelift in a style more we are more accustomed to, one that might resemble the more friendly B-class people mover. Whether or not a facelift will increase sales is still to be seen.
There are currently four variants of the R-class available in Australia. The R280 CDI, R320 CDI, R350, R500. The car retails from $80,835 for the entry model and goes all the way to $129,111 for the 5.5-litre V8.
Click through for more details on the current 2008 Mercedes Benz R-Class range.