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New York 2010: Mercedes R-Class hits the refresh button for 2011

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2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class - Click above for high-res image gallery

Today at the 2010 New York Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz showed that it's still behind the all-but-forgotten "Sports Tourer" when it unveiled the heavily restyled 2011 R-Class. The minivan-that-isn't-a-minivan has had a rough life up to this point. It was never really marketed well by Mercedes, and the droopy snout never really helped. Like Jennifer Gray though, it's amazing what a new nose can do for you.

The 2011 model adopts the automaker's new corporate face with its larger three-pointed star resting inside that upright rectangular grille. It does just enough to butch it up and make the front end handsome. Although in profile, it does look a bit like an extended wheelbase Honda CRV with that sloping D-Pillar. Out back there's also a revised rear bumper with integrated reflectors, new lenses and a new black diffuser below the bumper.

Interior changes are small, and Mercedes only announced an R350 BlueTEC 4MATIC and R350 4MATIC model for the U.S. for 2011. The 3.0 liter BlueTEC V6 with 210 horsepower and 400 ft-lb of torque is capable of 18/24 miles per gallon, giving it a range of more than 500 miles or just about two tankfuls to Wally World. Pricing wasn't announced, but the new R-Class should be priced similar to the 2010 models, or $51,675 for the R320 BlueTEC and $50,175 for the R350 4MATIC. Live pics below and the full presser from M-B after the jump.

Photos by Frank Filipponio / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.

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For some reason, I always liked the concept behind this car, but I hated the front end styling. This update fixes the only flaw that I see in this vehicle. I would never seriously consider a Mercedes because of what Daimler did to Chrysler, but I do think this is a pretty nice looking people mover.

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back when i bought my taurus x i had access to a couple used R class for only like 3 grand more. in fact, my dad was even encouraging me to consider going with the mercedes for resale (both were used BTW the lease return R classes were selling in the neighborhood of about 24 with very few miles on them).

there is just something offputting about a mercedes van/crossover but it definitely is a nice vehicle inside. I am not sure this refresh makes it look better though.

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