2009 Mercedes-Benz R-Class facelift spied

As these images reveal, Mercedes-Benz is set to breathe new life into its lacklustre R-Class range with a facelifted prototype spied wearing heavy camouflage in the US recently.
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It has been rumoured that the new model would share a similar appearance to the somewhat friendlier B-class people mover, although whether this will affect the current sales slump for the model remains to be seen.

The credentials for the R-Class are certainly not very inspiring, being too big, too cumbersome and too thirsty - in its current guise at least.

2009 Mercedes-Benz R-Class facelift spied

Although this perhaps reflects more on Mercedes' need to fill every market niche rather than creating a truly practical people mover.