The 2010 Mercedes-Benz R-Class is expected to make its debut at the New York Auto Show this week.
The odd oval headlamps of the original R-Class (with tumors growing from their bases) have been replaced by handsome wing-shaped units and the new grille is bigger and bolder, which makes the three pointed star now look a bit small. The overall face is more angular, and there are quad fog lamps residing within the air intakes.
Interior changes are expected to be more minor, with the exception of a new AMG sport option. It comes with different seats, a special steering wheel, a lighting packaged and stainless steel pedals.
The R-Class’ engines are expected to be the same as those in the 2010 model: a 268-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 and a 210-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel.
The R-Class has been a perennial low seller in the U.S., with sales of 2,825 last year, a 63.5 percent plunge from 2008. The crossover does better in other markets, however.
For instance, China is the world’s largest market for the R-Class, which is gaining followers for its spacious and comfy backseat. The country’s wage growth means more people have drivers to take them around.