Mercedes Benz R-Class – The Luxury of Mini Van and SUV

Rodolfo Schellin

Mercedes Benz R-Class is a combination of the luxury saloon concepts, a sport station, MPV and SUV. It is MPV because it has six seats, SUV because it uses permanent 4 wheel drive, plus the DSR and off-road function that helps drivers handle the sharp rise. It also is Luxury Saloon because of the material used for the interior of R class and the comfort, the design took the specifications from the concept of a luxury sedan.

Engine Specifications

R500 Series powered by V8 5000cc engine, while the R350 powered by V6 3500cc engine. R500 produces 306 hp at 5600 rpm, while the R350 produces 272 hp at 6000 rpm. The torque of R500 is 460 Nm at 2700 to 4750 rpm, while the R350 produces 350 Nm at 2400-5000 rpm. The R500 acceleration from 0-100km / hour is 7 seconds, while the R350 are able to accelerate from 0-100 km / hour in 8.4 seconds.

The maximum speed of the two series is not too significant, with the maximum speed of R500 is 245 km / hour and R350 is 230 km / hour. To accommodate the speed, R500 uses 18-inch rims (5 twin-spokes) while the R350 uses 17-inch rims (7 twin-spokes).

Safety and Technology

This car is equipped with an electronic lever 7g-tronic (automatic transmission lever which can reach seven speeds). Just like other series of Mercedes-Benz, lighting system of R-class also has auto adjust feature. The system will adjust the lighting that issued by the received light pressure. Mercedes Benz R-Class also has a rain sensor where the wiper will automatically turn on when rain and be adjusted to the rhythm and the amount of rainfall.

The air conditioning systems used by the R-Class is Thermotronic or multi-zone system that allows the temperature on left, right and rear can be set automatically or manually. This system works accordance with the solar sensor that can detect the direction and heat of the sunlight. For the headlights, Mercedes Benz R-Class uses Bi-Xenon light, the best of lighting system at present.

The Bi-Xenon light has three functions: Active Light System, when the speed is between 40-70 km / hour, and when the car will turn then the headlights will follow the path so that the lighting will achieve the maximum lighting. Likewise when the car is up or down, the headlights will adjust automatically. There’s also the Cornering Light which functions to provide the further warning to the vehicles or people around the car if the car wants to spin (not the sign or the turning light).

The other safety systems are ABS, ESP, BAS, and alarms to prevent from the theft. For the R500 series, there is another feature that is keyless-Go, a feature that allows the driver to start the engine without removing the key from the bag.

Multimedia and Comfort

For multimedia, the Mercedes Benz R-Class has similar features with S-Class series or CL-Class series. The COMAND APS feature that integrates the radio, DVD, and the operation of the phone is one of them. The COMAND APS feature can also be used to view the map (GPRS).

Six CD changer (MP3 support) with 20 audio systems with the optional Harmon Kardon Logic 7 audio system for USD $ 1,190 is also included in the R-Class multimedia features. Steering wheel equipped with auxiliary controls for audio system, information, and telephone (if available). All seats of Mercedes Benz R-Class are covered with genuine leather with burled-wood accessories that make the interior in the R-Class looks luxurious. In addition, there is a panoramic glass roof for the view of passengers and equipped with interface for I-pod or media player.

The price for a unit of Mercedes-Benz R500 is about USD $71,030.00, while for a unit of Mercedes-Benz R350 is about USD $48,897.00.

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