2010 Mercedes Benz R-Class facelift

Sales figures for the R-Class haven't managed to live up to the expectations of the German luxury brand, but Mercedes Benz is determined not to completely write-off its 'Grand Sport Tourer' just yet. The R-Class received a mild facelift last year to help turnaround flagging sales, but a second and more extensive update is in fact planned for the 2010 model year as previewed by these latest spy shots of a prototype caught testing in Germany.

2010 Mercedes Benz R-Class-1

2010 Mercedes Benz R-Class-2


The first facelift came less than two years after the vehicle was first shown at 2005's New York Auto Show, and was implemented mainly to increase the car's desirability. A cheaper RWD model was added to the lineup as well as a more flexible seven-seater model, but other than that the car remained mostly unchanged.

For the next update Mercedes will give the car a major styling overhaul with a new front-end planned as well as a slightly revised rear and interior. Expected to be launched in the second half of next year, the new R-Class will likely receive the same squared-off treatment as the rest of the Mercedes lineup including angular headlights and a larger more prominent grille.

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