2010 Mercedes-Benz R-Class – News

2010 Mercedes-Benz R 300 AWD SUV

Mercedes-Benz has updated the Mercedes Benz R-Class for 2010 with a fresh interior and front end. The  2010 Mercedes Benz R-Class is versatile, spacious, prestigious and exceptionally comfortable.

After a world premiere at the New York International Auto Show in March this year and the positive feedback received there, Mercedes-Benz is convinced that it is on the right track with the new-generation R-Class. A completely redesigned front section in particular enhances the overall look of this model, with styling cues taken from Mercedes-Benz saloon and SUV models. The interior of the “twenty-ten” model year R-Class complements this fresh exterior, combining as it does the good use of space found in the latest SUV models with the comfort, high-class appeal and prestige of classic Mercedes-Benz luxury-class saloons. At the same time this latest generation retains the interior versatility of its predecessor, whilst also benefiting from the robustness and all-wheel drive capability it draws from the Mercedes-Benz SUVs.

R 300 CDI: V6 diesel with outstanding output and torque

The R 300 CDI delivers smooth operation and a huge torque rating of 440 Nm. This provides more than enough power reserves even at low engine speeds. Generating 140kW, this V6 diesel engine teams up high performance with low fuel consumption and low pollutant emissions.

Geared up: 7G-TRONIC as standard

The R-Class is equipped with the latest-generation of the innovative 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission. This seven-speed transmission now has new bearings and couplings, operates with different oil pressures and uses a new, low-friction oil. These measures reduce friction and churning losses, thereby improving efficiency. The torque converter with slip-reduced lockup clutch likewise improves efficiency and aids fuel economy.

Simply stunning: the design of the R-Class

The latest generation of the R-Class features a new, self-assured appearance. The overall impression is determined by an integrity of design that encapsulates the unique personality of this highly versatile vehicle. The focus of the designers was the completely revised front section which, by emphasising the width and making use of a horizontally structured bonnet, affords the entire vehicle a look which is as harmonious as it is powerfully dynamic. As well as the bonnet, the vehicle’s wings, radiator grille and surround, headlamps and bumpers with chrome underguard have all been completely redesigned. Most noticeable, a chrome insert with integrated LED daytime driving lights in conjunction with bi-xenon headlamps have been added.

Wellness program: a relaxed environment for both longer journeys and everyday use

Particularly where seating variations are concerned, the interior of the new R-Class offers a great deal of scope: in its standard form this vehicle is designed for relaxed, safe touring and can accommodate seven people. The front seats are electrically adjustable as standard, and on request the front occupants can also enjoy actively ventilated, heated multicontour seats with memory function. The R-Class also reveals another benefit in the form of its large, versatile luggage compartment: in the standard-wheelbase versions the luggage compartment holds up to 1950 litres.

2010 Mercedes-Benz R 300 drivers seat

The bright, classic interior – which seems even more spacious when fitted with the optional panoramic glass sunroof – makes use of materials and colour combinations to enhance the high-class appeal and quality of this luxury tourer. At the same time they underline the sense of wellbeing inside the vehicle which is so typical of a Mercedes-Benz. Standard interior appointment is soft-touch ARTICO man-made leather.

The R-Class with a personal touch

The R 300 CDI boasts numerous features as standard which help to make travelling both on long journeys as well as on short urban trips even safer and more relaxed. These features include the unique anticipatory occupant protection system PRE-SAFE®, a complete restraint system with eight airbags, crash-active NECK-PRO head restraints, a tyre pressure loss warning system and adaptive brake lights.

The THERMATIC automatic climate control system is fitted with a combination filter to further reduce pollutants which may be contained in the outside air entering the vehicle. As an optional extra, a THERMOTRONIC system providing separate rear air conditioning is available to meet all interior air conditioning requirements. The spacious glove compartment comes with the standard Media Interface (UCI).

To complement the extensive standard equipment, the R-Class provides a variety of assistant systems which push ride comfort and safety to the highest level and underpin the vehicle’s leading position in this market segment. These include DISTRONIC proximity control, AIRMATIC air suspension with the Adaptive Damping System (ADS), or Blind Spot Assist, which can make changing lanes significantly safer. Rear passengers, meanwhile, can enjoy their own entertainment programme thanks to the rear seat entertainment system. Seat heating can also be ordered for the second row of seats to increase comfort even further in winter.

As Australian standard feature, the modern LINGUATRONIC voice control system makes using the telematics systems even easier and more convenient, while a reversing camera provides for smooth, easy parking or manoeuvring in blind spots. As soon as the driver engages “R” gear, the image from the camera is shown on the high-resolution COMAND APS display.

Comfortable and fully equipped

The new R-Class enhances the merits of this vehicle category even further. In addition to the fresh exterior, the R-Class also impresses with a number of interior features in particular. These include the good use of space found in the latest SUVs and the comfort, high-class appeal and prestige of the S-Class. At the same time, this latest generation offers the interior versatility for which its predecessor was renowned, while also boasting the robustness and all-wheeldrive
properties of Mercedes-Benz SUVs.

A full complement of equipment for the highest level of comfort and comprehensive safety

The R 300 CDI boasts features as standard which help to make travelling both on long journeys as well as on short urban trips even safer and more relaxed. The following is an extract from the range of standard equipment:

Standard Equipment for MY2010 R 300 CDI SWB :

4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive
20-inch 5-twin-spoke alloy wheels
Automatically dimming interior and driver’s side exterior mirrors
Bi-Xenon headlamps (darkened) with LED daytime driving lights
Blue-tinted thermal insulation glass all round
Burr Walnut wood trim elements
Chrome-look beltline trim strips, rub strip with chrome insert
COMAND APS including Reversing Camera
Dark tinted glass for rear windows back from B-pillar
EASY-PACK tailgate
Electrically folding exterior mirrors
Electric rear vent windows for 3rd row seats
Electronic Traction System incl. automatic brake control for downhill gradients
Metallic paint
Simply stunning: the design of the R-Class

Impressive appearance with new highlights

The latest-generation R-Class shows a new self-confidence. Its entire appearance is noticeably more attractive, underlining the unique character of this multitalented
vehicle. The focus of the designers was on the completely restyled front section, with an emphasis on width and a horizontally structured bonnet to make the vehicle appear more harmonious, muscular and dynamic.

Expressive: the new front section is full of character

At the front end of the R-Class, the bonnet, wings, radiator grille, headlamps and bumper have been completely redesigned. Most noticeable, a chrome insert with integrated LED daytime driving lights in conjunction with bi-xenon headlamps have been added. The character of the R-Class can also be underlined by the strikingly contoured, chrome-look underguard.

The new bonnet has more marked contours, and is more arrow-shaped at the front edge. The wider, higher radiator grille is more steeply angled, while the bumper cladding is more striking, with clear-cut lines. The side recesses in the bumper, where the daytime driving lights are located, are spaced well apart and give the front section an impression of width. The lines of the side skirts are harmoniously continued forward in the updated wings and grille. The new, dynamic “face” of the R-Class is particularly impressive. The newly designed headlamps blend perfectly into the front end, emphasising the horizontal lines. The “eyelids” continue the beltline along the flanks, and are arranged above the chromed headlamp tubes to produce an assertive, concentrated gaze.

Perfect proportions

Dynamism is also the order of the day where the side aspect is concerned. With the coupé-like lines of the window area, the luxury tourer distinguishes itself attractively from conventional SUVs. Eye-catching details of the clearly contoured flanks include the larger exterior mirror housings, which are set well away from the doors and are held by slim stems. The strikingly designed mirror housings in the vehicle colour have integrated indicator repeaters in the form of a stylised arrow.

Perfect finish: the rear section of the R-Class

The rear section harmoniously continues the design idiom of the front, with a new bumper cladding, modified tail lights, a diffuser and integrated tailpipe trim emphasising the width with more horizontal structures, as at the front. The bumper also picks up the line of the side skirts, giving the effect of a continuous line running around the entire bodywork. Tail lights with LED and fibre optic technology, new exterior contours and horizontally arranged lighting functions lend the finishing touches to the rear section.

Please take a seat: interior appointments

2010 Mercedes-Benz R 300 AWD SUV

Sitting comfortably in spacious luxury

If there were a versatility test for automobile interiors, the R-Class would undoubtedly be a candidate for the top score. A wide variety of options are available when it comes to seat variations in particular: designed for a relaxed, safe driving environment, the vehicle offers seven seats as standard, but four and six-seat configurations are also possible.

Seating arrangement: from 2-2-0 or 2-3-0 and 2-2-2 right up to a 2-3-2 system

With three passengers seated in the middle row, this gives a total seating capacity of seven. Groups of up to six people choose the popular 2-2-2 seating arrangement, which provides all the occupants with an individual seat. The R-Class comes with power-adjustable seats for driver and front passenger as standard, while as an option front passengers can also enjoy the luxury of actively ventilated and heated multicontour seats with memory function.

The R-Class also reveals another benefit in the form of its large, versatile luggage compartment: this has a capacity of up to 1950 litres. Standard in the R-Class is EASY PACK tailgate, which can be operated remotely by means of a switch or key, also makes access to the luggage compartment easier. This makes the R-Class the most variable and spacious vehicle in the entire Mercedes-Benz passenger car product range.

That’s entertainment – telematics and multimedia in the R-Class

One particularly impressive standard feature is the COMAND APS system. This multimedia system has a 6-disc CD changer, a high-resolution 16.5 cm (6.5-inch) colour display, a 4 GB memory for MP3 files (Music Register) and a memory card slot (SD cards). COMAND APS also includes a DVD audio/video player and a compass function, which is shown in both the instrument cluster and the central COMAND display. COMAND APS features the latest LINGUATRONIC voice-operated control system.

2010 Mercedes-Benz R 300 AWD SUV

Comprehensive safety concept

Eight airbags, crash-responsive head restraints and an electronic guardian angel

All models have numerous features as standard which help to make long journeys as well as short urban trips even safer and more relaxed. These features include the unique anticipatory occupant protection system PRE-SAFE®, a complete restraint system with eight airbags, crash-responsive NECK-PRO front head restraints, a tyre pressure loss warning system and adaptive brake lights.

Everything considered: integral Mercedes-Benz safety concept

The comprehensive Mercedes approach to integral safety also applies in the new R-Class. This trailblazing safety philosophy goes well beyond compliance with standardised crash test regulations. It concerns itself with all aspects of driving – everything that is important for the safety of the vehicle occupants and other road users. The Mercedes safety concept divides these aspects into four phases:

Safe driving: avoiding danger, warning and assisting in good time
In the event of danger: acting in an anticipatory manner, e.g. with PRE-SAFE®
In an accident: provide protection as needed
After an accident: avoid even worse consequences and make rapid assistance possible
Comprehensive restraint system for the best possible occupant protection

Combined with the front and rear deformation zones, the high-strength occupant cell forms an effective basis for occupant protection systems that include:

adaptive, two-stage airbags for the driver and front passenger
sidebags in the front, and in the middle row of seats
windowbags across all three rows of seats
NECK-PRO crash-responsive head restraints for the driver and front passenger (optionally NECK-PRO luxury head restraints)
3-point seat belts on all seats
belt tensioners and belt-force limiters for driver and front seat passenger
belt height adjustment for the driver and front passenger
belt status display for rear-seat passengers in the instrument cluster
The electronic guardian angel: PRE-SAFE® has a preventive effect

Occupant protection in the new R-Class begins well before an accident. The Mercedes-Benz invention PRE-SAFE® is able to activate preventive measures reflexively when it recognises the danger of an accident, so that the belts and airbags can protect the occupants to best effect during the collision. This multiple award-winning technology is standard equipment.

PRE-SAFE® uses a synergy of active and passive safety: it is networked with Brake Assist (BAS) and the Electronic Stability Program ESP® – sensors recognise potentially critical handling situations and send corresponding information to the electronic control units within milliseconds. These sensor data are also used for preventive occupant protection by PRE-SAFE®. The PRE-SAFE® protective measures are reversible: if the accident is avoided, the preventive belt tensioning is relaxed automatically, and the passengers can return the seats and sliding sunroof to their original positions. The preventive occupant protection is then immediately ready for use again.

Tradition: 40 years of accident research at Mercedes-Benz

This close cooperation between Daimler safety specialists, the emergency services and the police has a long tradition: in 1969 Mercedes-Benz started its ongoing accident research programme, in which engineers evaluate collisions involving the company’s vehicles in the Stuttgart region soon after they occur – and in special cases even worldwide. Again and again, the findings of the accident researchers provide important information on components that can be specifically improved in terms of passive safety. The investigators have examined around 4000 accidents since their work started 40 years ago. Each crash is documented with an 80-page accident report. This continuously growing database will enable vehicles to be made even safer in the future

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.


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