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STYLING | 7 out of 10
major portions of the interior, such as the dashboard and consoles, continue unchanged from the 2010 model
the designers' goal was to downplay the minivan aspect
From the side, the new nose does wonders for the overall profile of the vehicle.
swaps round headlamps for more expressively shaped alternatives
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Brawnier looking than its predecessor
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.