2011 Mercedes-Benz R Class Styling

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Styling

The profile of the 2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class says it all:
the roofline of a minivan, the cargo opening of a wagon, and a dash of rugged
SUV detailing, plus a slightly more buff stance than some crossovers. It truly
is a mix of several types of vehicles, but it makes a lot more sense when
looking at the passenger-friendly interior first.

 

Refreshed styling, especially in front and in back, plus richer detailing, make the 2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class appear slightly more robust than before, but it still might solicit soccer moms a little too obviously.

To bring
this luxury people-mover a little more up-to-date and take it just a little bit
further stylistically in the direction of a utility vehicle, Mercedes-Benz has
given the 2011 R-Class a slightly more upright front end, with a higher,
arrow-edged hoodline and a higher, more prominent grille that's now a lot
closer in appearance to those used in the M-Class and GL-Class utes. It's
flanked with flowing headlamps that, to this reviewer's eyes, look like they
have eyelids and are a little more organic, while the rear fascia has been
changed and tail lamps are lifted slightly.

 

Inside,
the dash top gets a new look, bright trim accents illuminate it a bit, and some
of the other materials and color combinations are new. The optional Panorama
sunroof remains a nice touch that lends a light, airy feel, too.

 

Overall,
it looks a bit more muscular on the outside, a little more smartly dressed
inside. But to some, the R-Class is still an acquired taste or too close to
that dreaded mom-mobile they don't want in their driveway.

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