What is it? A freshened version of Mercedes's crossover wagon, the R-class comes standard with all-wheel-drive and seating for six. A three-across second row is optional. Like the old R-class, the new version offers a choice of gasoline or diesel V6 engines. The 3.5-liter gasoline V6 in the R350 4Matic is rated at 268 hp and 258 pound feet of torque. EPA fuel economy ratings are 14 mpg in the city and 19 on the highway. The 3.0-liter gasoline V6 in the E350 Bluetec diesel offers 210 hp and 300 pound feet of torque.
What's new or notable? In addition to directions and points of interest, the navigation system offers Zagat ratings of restaurants and attractions.
CR's take: The new R-class looks like a minor freshening of a Mercedes that didn't score particularly well in our testing and has sold at big discounts. Even with the diesel, mileage ratings don't seem impressive.
When will it be available? August 2010