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By Cars.com Staff
June 16, 2009
Vehicle Overview For 2010, the R350 and diesel R350 (formerly R320) continue with some changes, most notably the addition of Mercedes' Post-Safe system, which unlocks the doors and shuts off the engine and fuel system after an accident. The R350 diesel is powered by a Bluetec turbo-diesel V-6 that produces 210 horsepower and 400 pounds-feet of torque.
Both R350s seat six standard, but can be equipped to seat seven. The Lexus RX and Cadillac SRX are among the R-Class' competitors.
New for 2010 For 2010, the Mercedes-Benz R-Class gets a standard Post-Safe system.
Exterior Rounded and squat at the rear, the unibody R-Class wagon flaunts a relatively lengthy profile, at 203 inches long. The R-Class is 8 inches longer than the Cadillac SRX and almost 17 inches longer than the Lexus RX. As for height, the R-Class stands about 2.5 inches lower than the Cadillac and about half an inch below the RX's roofline. All R-Class models have 18-inch wheels. Dealer-installed roof rails and a new Class II trailer hitch are available.
Standard 18-inch wheels
Standard 19-inch wheels on R350 diesel
Power liftgate optional
Standard privacy glass
Interior The R-Class provides space for up to seven occupants courtesy of three rows of seats. The seats have leather inserts.
A conventional glass panel sunroof is standard, and a double-sized panoramic unit with a 5-foot, 7-inch glass panel is optional. When the panoramic sunroof opens, half the panel moves atop the other, so headroom isn't affected. Powered roller blinds cover the roof to protect occupants from the sun.
Available multimedia system with advanced audio and video features
Optional navigation system
Optional rear-seat entertainment system
Available HD radio and Sirius Real-Time Traffic
Brown bird's-eye maple wood trim for doors, dashboard and center console
Under the Hood The R-Class' fully independent suspension uses double wishbones up front and a four-link setup in back. A load-leveling rear air suspension is standard.
R350's 3.5-liter V-6 develops 268 hp and 258 pounds-feet of torque
R350 Bluetec turbo-diesel V-6 produces 210 hp and 400 pounds-feet of torque
Seven-speed automatic transmission can skip as many as three gear ratios during downshifts to get the transmission in the proper gear
Three driver-selectable suspension modes: Normal, Comfort and Sport
Collision-mitigation system standard
Side curtain airbags for all three rows of seat
Door-mounted side-impact airbags for front occupants
Rollover sensor can activate seat belt pretensioners and side curtain airbags
Antilock brakes and stability system are standard
Post-Safe system unlocks doors and shuts down engine and fuel system after an accident
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