Exterior styling - Elegance and excitement come together in a shape that expresses sporty performance with grand-touring luxury in a most distinctive fashion. Sculpted to provide a lavishly spacious cabin and honed in the wind tunnel, the R-Class combines a sweeping, almost coupelike profile with the aggressive stance of 19-inch wheels and a wide track. From its prominent grille and Three-Pointed Star to its shapely tail end, it's a design that makes every drive a dramatic departure from the ordinary.
Crossover concept - Conceived to combine all the best characteristics of a luxury sport sedan with the versatility of an SUV, the 5-door design and finely tuned features of the R-Class enable it to fulfill your needs and desires seamlessly, simultaneously, and like no other vehicle. And while other crossovers may fall between two categories of vehicle, the R-Class rises beyond comparison.
Design details - The brilliance of a big idea is proven in the details. To that end, the R350 seamlessly blends function and style with multi-element headlamps, LED Daytime Running Lamps, big 19-inch alloy wheels, dual chrome exhaust tips and LED taillamps.
Spacious 3-row cabin - Thoughtful accommodations and rich appointments define the R-Class experience. With three luxuriously spacious rows of seating, even 3rd-row passengers get first-class treatment. Generous legroom and headroom, rich materials, power windows that include flip-open 3rd-row quarter windows, and numerous armrests and storage areas see to it that every passenger enjoys the ride.
The future of comfort - The signature of a Mercedes-Benz interior is the blend of legendary craftsmanship and cutting-edge innovation. The R-Class embodies this in every detail, from the 4-spoke multifunction steering wheel and elegant 3D instrumentation to the abundance of hand-polished Burl Walnut wood.
Other options include: - 19-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels, 20-inch AMG® 5-spoke ally wheels, premium leather 4-spoke multifunction steering wheel, wood/leather steering wheel, heated steering wheel, Burl Walnut wood trim.
Performance & Handling
All-new 3.5L Direct Injection V-6 - A new 302-hp 3.5-liter V-6 combines numerous advances to deliver more torque over a wider range of rpm. Its rapid-multispark ignition fires up to four times per millisecond, while new high-pressure Direct Injection microscopically tunes the fuel spray, reducing emissions, fuel consumption and noise. A lightweight diecast-alloy block, quicker and more widely variable valve timing, reduced friction, and clever "on-demand" ancillary components like the alternator further boost efficiency.
7-speed automatic transmission - The industry's first 7-speed automatic has been made even smoother, more responsive and more efficient. A wide range of closely spaced gear ratios delivers the ideal response in virtually every driving situation, for relaxed cruising, quick acceleration, and thanks to two overdrive ratios, better highway fuel efficiency. Adaptive logic adjusts the shift points to match your driving style, while paddle shifters on the steering wheel let you enjoy manual-style control anytime you wish.
Paddle shifters - A pair of paddles strategically positioned behind the upper steering-wheel spokes allows you to manually upshift and downshift the 7-speed automatic transmission with just a flick of your fingers.
4MATIC® all-wheel drive - In any season or road condition, 4MATIC® all-wheel drive adds to your confidence and control. Always engaged and optimizing torque to every wheel, 4MATIC® integrates with our standard Electronic Stability Program (ESP®) for maximum effectiveness in corners and slippery conditions. It also incorporates our 4-wheel Electronic Traction System (4ETS®), which monitors for the first sign of wheel slip and responds to ensure that torque is always sent to the wheels with the best grip -- even if that's only one wheel.
4-wheel Electronic Traction System (4ETS®) - For optimum traction, even in slippery conditions, 4MATIC® all-wheel drive incorporates our advanced 4-wheel Electronic Traction System. 4ETS® can help get you going even if three wheels lose their grip. Sensors at each wheel monitor traction based on wheel speeds. If one or more wheels start to slip, 4ETS® individually brakes the slipping wheels to maintain the flow of torque to the wheels with grip. Even if only one wheel has grip, 4ETS® can help get you going and stay in control.
4-wheel independent suspension with rear level control - The 4-wheel independent suspension is key to the exceptional poise and control of the R350. The double-wishbone front/4-arm multilink rear design features forged aluminum upper arms, long wheel travel and rear air suspension with automatic level control. With the smooth ride and crisp handling you'd expect from a Mercedes-Benz passenger car, the R-Class handles challenging corners, rough pavement, and changing passenger and cargo loads with an even-keeled sense of composure and control.
Comfort & Convenience
Dual-zone climate control - Separate left and right temperature controls allow the driver and front passenger to enjoy personalized comfort. In addition to fully automatic or manual control of blower speed and airflow distribution, the system includes both a dust/pollen filter plus an charcoal filter that helps remove odors from the cabin air.
Power front seats w/ driver lumbar support - Both front seats power-adjust for reach, height, tilt and recline. Convenient, intuitive controls on the side of each seat make it easy to find your ideal driving position. For long-term comfort and lower-back support, the driver seat offers a manually adjustable lumbar support.
Dual 2nd-row seats - With more than 36 inches of legroom, the spacious second-row seating features a standard dual-seat configuration that offers fore-aft adjustment and reclining seatbacks.
50/50-split 3rd-row seats - Individual reclining seatbacks and adjustable head restraints, along with ample legroom, easy accessibility and power flip-open windows, make the third row of the R-Class unusually accommodating.
Power tilt/sliding sunroof - At the touch of a button, the tinted glass sunroof tilts up at the rear for ventilation, or slides open for a breezy view of the sky. An express feature fully opens or closes the roof with a single touch, and a manual sliding sunshade helps block out unwanted sunlight.
Other options include: - 3-zone climate control, 7-passenger seating, power front seats with sriver-seat memory, heated front seats, KEYLESS-GO®, panorama roof, power tilt/telescoping steering column, power-folding side mirrors, blue-tinted frtont-cabin glass, power liftgate, auto-dimming mirrors, rear view mirror with integrated compass, cargo space, HomeLink™ garage door opener, Household-type 115V power outlet.
Audio & Entertainment
COMAND® navigation system - Using GPS technology and a 40GB hard drive to store maps, points of interest, and Zagat® Survey ratings for restaurants, hotels and golf courses, this virtual copilot provides detailed driving directions with remarkable speed and a friendly voice. The COMAND® system's large color-LCD screen also displays gas stations, ATMs and Mercedes-Benz dealerships along your route within the contiguous U.S., Canada and Oahu, Hawaii, with periodic updates available at your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer.
6-disc DVD/CD changer - A single-slot system, the in-dash 6-disc changer plays audio CDs and DVDs. You can even watch a DVD movie while the vehicle is in Park.
SiriusXM Satellite Radio with SiriusXM Traffic - SiriusXM Satellite Radio offers 130+ channels of premium digital entertainment, from news, talk and sports to commercial-free music from every genre. Enjoy live broadcasts of the biggest NFL®, NCAA®, NHL® and NBA® teams, plus 150+ college sports teams. While you listen, SiriusXM Traffic keeps you up to date on accidents, traffic, construction and road closures, and even helps your vehicle's navigation system find the fastest route based on real-time traffic.
Hands-free Bluetooth® interface - Place and answer calls, and even access select phonebooks without taking your hands off the steering wheel with standard Bluetooth® connectivity for hands-free calling. Pairing your Bluetooth®-compatible phone with the vehicle is simpler than ever. Then, just leave your phone in your pocket and enjoy hands-free conversations over the audio system. Visit www.MBUSA-Mobile.com to learn more about Bluetooth® connectivity.
Gracenote® Media Database - Whether it's on CD, the Music Register or a memory card, Gracenote is a system that recognizes and identifies the music in your collection by title, artist and other information, and even displays album cover art when it's available. Gracenote helps you easily manage and access all your music, regardless of format.
Other options include: - harman/kardon® Logic 7® surround sound system, rear seat entertainment system, HD Radio™ receiver, 4GB music register, enhanced voice control (EVC).
12-way air bag protection - An advanced system of 8 air bags offers 12-way occupant protection. Dual two-stage front air bags, front and 2nd-row side-impact air bags, and side curtain air bags for all three seating rows are standard.
PRE-SAFE® - Another Mercedes-Benz safety breakthrough, PRE-SAFE® is a predictive occupant-protection system that helps prepare for an accident in the critical moments before it occurs. If sensors detect certain vehicle movements that indicate that an accident is possible, PRE-SAFE® takes action: Reversible electronic tensioners tighten the front seat belts. The occupied front passenger seat (on models equipped with front-seat memory) adjusts to a more favorable position for air-bag and seat-belt effectiveness, while both active front head restraints adjust for optimum protection. If severe skidding indicates that a rollover is likely, PRE-SAFE® closes the sunroof and side windows. If no accident occurs, the seat-belt tensioners reverse, and you simply readjust your seat, open the sunroof and continue on your way.
POST-SAFE - Complementing the preparations made by the PRE-SAFE® system before an impending collision, POST-SAFE technology automatically takes measures to help ensure the safety, and facilitate the rescue, of the occupants immediately after one occurs. These include shutting off the engine and fuel supply, unlocking all doors,and turning on the hazard flashers and interior lights. In models equipped with driver-seat memory, the system can also move the power steering column upward.
Advanced uni-body structure - The R-Class uni-body uses advanced technology and robust materials to create a virtual fortress for the passengers. Ultra-high and high-strength steel is strategically used for over 60% of the body structure. Triple-layer roof pillars, door crossbeams, full-width front and rear crossmembers, and a reinforced floorpan and door sills enhance protection in a variety of impacts. Advanced front and rear crumple zones progressively deform to help absorb impact energy, while underhood components are staggered to help prevent them from stacking up in a frontal impact and intruding into the cabin. An ellipsoidal front bulkhead helps channel some of the forces of a frontal impact under, over and around the cabin.
NECK-PRO® front head restraints - In the case of a rear impact exceeding a preset threshold, NECK-PRO® front head restraints move forward and slightly upward, reducing the distance between the head restraints and the heads of front-seat occupants. This action helps to reduce the possibility or severity of whiplash-type neck injuries.
Other options include: - PARKTRONIC, blind spot assist, rear view camera, advanced tire-pressure monitoring system, 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS, brake assist, hill-start assist, electronic stability program(ESP®), trailer stability assist, Mercedes-Benz mbrace®, Bi-Xenon headlamps with Active Curve Illumination, heated headlamp washers, LED daytime running lamps, SmartKey, antitheft alarm system with remote panic feature, rain-sensing winshield wipers, Emergency Tensioning Devices(ETDs).