First Drive: 2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class

2011 Mercedes-Benz R-class

Base price (estimated): $50,000/$51,000 (R350 BlueTEC
4Matic/R350 4Matic)
On sale: July 2010

Engine: 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V-6
Horsepower: 268 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 258 lb-ft @ 2400 rpm
Engine: 3.0-liter DOHC 24-valve turbodiesel V-6
Horsepower: 210 hp @ 3800 rpm
Torque: 400 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Drive: 4-wheel
Fuel economy: 14/19 mpg (gasoline), 18/24 mpg (diesel)

L x W x H: 203.1 x 85.4 x 65.4 in
Wheelbase: 126.6 in
Curb weight: 4949/5203 lbs (gasoline/diesel)
Cargo capacity 15.2/42.2/85.0 cu ft (behind third/second/front seats)

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Don't forget that the bluetech engine requires a rather pricey maintenance schedule to replace a very interesting fluid... it's still probably more economical, but I've heard of people getting gouged by the dealership on this service.

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