The new six-seater R-Class, Grand Sports Tourer, from Mercedes-Benz, was launched today (Wednesday 19th April, 2006) by S.A. Al Haddad and Bros., reaffirming Mercedes-Benz's elevated rank as a visionary and a trendsetter amongst the Kingdom's luxury automotive brands.
The unprecedented vehicle concept combines the acknowledged strengths of established vehicle categories, such as, sporty saloon, estate, MPV and SUV, to create a new car with a distinctive and unique character that reflects the three Ds: Design, Dimensions and Dynamism.
“I am confident that the Grand Sports Tourer will be very well received, as it caters to the needs of modern-minded people looking for a car that offers tremendous versatility combined with athletic performance,” said Mr. Rasool Al Haddad, General Manager, S.A. Al Haddad and Bros.
“Further to boasting ample spaciousness, exemplary standards of safety, and impeccable comfort for up to six passengers, the new R-Class also enthralls with its beguiling styling, prestigious flair and, last but by no means least, its dynamism out on the road. In a nutshell: the Grand Sports Tourer provides the driver with a totally fresh motoring experience,” Mr. Al Haddad continued.
Providing the answer to everything that used to be out of the question, the R-Class delivers the enjoyment and thrill of sporty performance without compromising the practicality of a six-seater, for those who want to pursue pleasure whilst sharing it with others. Furthermore, the V8 Petrol engine brings together concentrated power, comfort & exceptionally smooth running, thereby not forcing the driver to choose power over comfort.
"The R-Class is ideal for families who are keen on sports and recreational activities and who are also looking for a versatile car that can adapt to all manners of transportation tasks quickly and easily," Mr. Al Haddad concluded.
The new R-Class has a wheelbase of 3215 millimetres and comes with a choice of six and eight cylinder engines. Measuring 5157 millimetres from nose to tail, the body of the new Mercedes-Benz R-Class has the dimensions of a luxury saloon but is considerably more spacious inside. This is due primarily to the sophisticated vehicle concept and a dimensional design that has been ingeniously planned right down to the finest detail.
Up to six passengers can be accommodated in three rows in the R-Class each of them with a window seat. The seat spacing, an important criterion when it comes to freedom of movement and spatial comfort, amounts to 920 millimetres between the first and second rows, equivalent to the level found in luxury saloons. The knee-room is 119 and 175 millimetres. Likewise, the figures for headroom (rear: up to 1027 millimetres) and shoulder room (front 1530 millimetres, rear up to 1514 millimetres) take the levels of space and comfort aboard the Mercedes-Benz R-Class into a new dimension.
Engine outputs range from 272 hp up to 306 hp, clearly signaling just what the new R-Class is capable of in terms of dynamism and motoring enjoyment. The powerful V8 powerplant under the bonnet of the R 500 propels it from standstill to 100 km/h in just 7.0 seconds and on to a top speed of 245 km/h.
Powered by the new 272-hp V6 petrol engine, the R 350 accelerates from 0-100 km/h in just 8.4 seconds and goes on to reach a top speed of 230 km/h.
Permanent all-wheel drive, the electronically controlled 4ETS traction system and ESP® team up to offer top-notch driving safety and keep the new R-Class safely on course, even in very bad road conditions.
Both models are partnered as standard by the 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission, which itself comes with a noteworthy new feature in the form of DIRECT SELECT, which allows the river to choose between two driving programmes: "S" for "Sports" and "C" for "Comfort".
This electronic transmission control system has allowed Mercedes-Benz engineers to discard the conventional automatic selector lever in the centre console and to replace it instead with a lever on the steering column. Additional gearshift buttons on the steering wheel enable drivers to manually pre-select the seven forward gears, just as in a Formula One racing car.
Mercedes-Benz customers have the option of AIRMATIC all-round air suspension with the Adaptive Damping System ADS, which automatically lowers the suspension by 20 millimetres at high speeds to reduce wind resistance.
Environmentally conscious, the R 320 CDI combines high performance with low fuel consumption and low exhaust emissions, partly due to its diesel particulate filter which is standard with the CDI engine. Unlike conventional systems, this filter operates without fuel additives.
The latest technology offers passengers in the Grand Sports Tourer the safety to be expected of a Mercedes-Benz. PRE-SAFE®, the multi-award-winning anticipatory protection system which is available as an option, detects critical handling situations and immediately springs into action to prepare occupants and vehicle alike for an imminent collision.
Precautions include pulling the driver's and front passenger's seat belts taut, adjusting the electrically adjustable front passenger seat with memory function to the optimum position and automatically closing the sliding sunroof.
These preventive protection measures improve the seating position of the vehicle's occupants prior to impact, thereby enhancing the restraining effect of the seat belts and airbags.
The efficient air conditioning system makes long journeys aboard the new R-Class all the more comfortable. In addition to the standard-specification THERMATIC dual-zone climate control featuring a separate control panel for the rear, Mercedes-Benz is also able to offer a newly developed multi-zone THERMOTRONIC system as an option. Equipped with over a dozen sensors as well as an auxiliary booster blower, the system is able to maintain temperatures set by the driver, front passenger and the rear occupants.
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