Mercedes-Benz has been delivering new models by the litter lately. For 2005, we counted nine new Mercedes variants, ranging from the entry-level C-class for thousandaires to the $456, 000 SLR for billionaires. All of them were of determinate gender-sedan, wagon, SUV, and so forth. But now the German automaker has given birth to a mutant that's hard to categorize-the 2006 R-class is neither sedan, wagon, SUV, nor van, although it has bits and pieces of each.
The five-door, six-passenger R-class might be considered a crossover, but that definition fails because it applies to SUV-ish vehicles that emanate from passenger-car platforms. The R doesn't. It's based on a much-modified version of the latest Mercedes M-class SUV's unibody platform. Although it's built at the same state-of-the-art factory in Alabama as the M, the R shares little with its plantmate. The driveline is pretty much the same, but in its major dimensions there's no similarity: The R's 126.6-inch wheelbase is 11.8 inches longer; overall, the 203.0-inch-long R tops the M by 14.8 inches, and it's 6.3 inches lower and 2.3 wider.
Mercedes is tagging the R as a "sports tourer, " a catchy but mostly vague marketing phrase that doesn't resolve the R's identity crisis. But ambiguity aside, the R is nothing if not big. It's about four inches longer than a Cadillac Escalade or Chrysler Pacifica, with which the R can be said to share some conceptual traits. And at a height of 65.2 inches, it is nine inches lower than the former and 1.3 inches closer to the ground than the latter. It weighs about 4800 pounds in V-6-powered R350 form and 4900 in the R500 V-8 version.
All this mass is wrapped in sheetmetal that doesn't look much like anything else on the road. The sharply angled hood flows from a leading edge that wouldn't appear out of place on a Mercedes sports car. The arc of the roofline is reminiscent of the company's provocative CLS500 but for the hatch-hinging kickup at the rear. And the sculpted character line that runs from the front-wheel openings to the tail end is also a bit CLS-ish. These wedgy-roundy elements give the R an eye-catching look in an eccentric way, as if George Barris had chopped and sectioned a minivan.just coffee dad haircut what if science scientific method is not linear lesson plan for kids coffee cakes lifestyle 50 trending now on twitter coffee bean plant mean fashion dress shops womens food trends over coffee d s lifestyle supercuts lemmon city lifestyle no coffee lifestyle lyrics rich gang strike-slip movement graduation dresses fashion astronomy signs cloud city coffee shop science me hair revelation coffee cake recipes using buttermilk old trend linda hair san diego daily routines chef dog meme lifestyle app fashion company beautiful modern hairstyles for women science olympiad roller coaster rules coffee video story haircut cutest clothes stores nasa interactive star map lifestyle condoms two floor coffee shop murray new best cut salon season science coffee season obama lifestyle date trends atmosphere wilson nc pictures of scientific method steps cute and sassy dress china haircut have haircut trending nail colors 2019 area trends cafe the little shop of horrors people's lifestyle pathway that ends in the production of acetyl coa video apology firestone haircut lifestyle in india fashion styles of the 90s health coffee david haircut haircut image davis street coffee house beautiful women clothing 6 science sgena constellation some science we're out of coffee fashion work music coffee fashion into artistic hair designers science daily chemistry book my lifestyle runway to street fashion trending on twitter now most trending hashtags on instagram today 13 trends how to do coffee astronomy york video haircut trend 50 i can do science me cute women hairstyles lifestyles of the rich and famous robin leach news in astronomy fashion video lifestyle site your fashion haven high salon coffee day 12 science pyruvate to lactic acid to ethanol haircuts 2017 women study of space science trend in it m star astronomy haircut usa d c lifestyle coffee in one star in the sky lifestyle food what is science for me yonkers coffee march astronomy scientific method steps images science game 12 trends astronomy africa dress store australia best street style women lifestyle young new trends are house trend israel astronomy constellation with tail and legs science data science! here and now coffee so good constellation of june pdp astronomy coffee maker walmart trend of it what the science self haircut thrust faults coffee table fargo quality lifestyle most fashion 5 coffee astronomy travel list of heavenly bodies in solar system what is on fashion coffee makers have a coffee with me coffee more haircut band small haircut astrology symbols planets astronomy for 11 science coffee is life example of an abstract for a science fair project 5 2 lifestyle national museum london hours blue gray maxi dress scientific approach ppt with her having coffee pretty female haircuts glycolysis pathway trend data latest hairstyles for black women how much atp does the etc make app astronomy fashion for blue lifestyle science buddies bibliography worksheet lifestyle college coffee is not for me coffee recipe fashion 10 trend car short magenta dress love astronomy mid-ocean ridge what's my fashion year coffee coffee monday morning 45 haircut morning light coffee great falls fashion and me appearance of astronomer coffee in colorado free people erin dress after the fashion fashion but most popular hashtags twitter coffee near me what is coffee with coffee coffee grinder burr trending news in the world my own science sephiron astronomy audio haircut for women 2017 day science