Mercedes India launch R-Class R350 CDI 4MATIC for Rs.58.90 lakhs
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The monstrosity of Mercedes R Class cannot be justified by just looking at pictures online. It’s big MPV; no wait, ‘big’ does not justify its proportions – ‘Humungous’ yes, that’s the right word for it.
On the Indian streets where might is right, Mercedes R Class can miniaturize almost everything on the road and off it as well.
And until now, it was only available in the form of a 3.5L V6 Petrol. Considering India is not part of the OPEC nations, you did not see many of them on the streets.
But Mercedes has finally done what needed to be done a long time back. Mercedes has finally dropped a 3.0L V6 diesel engine in the engine bay of the Mercedes R Class. The German automaker launched R-Class R350 CDI 4MATIC at Rs.58.9 lakhs (ex-showroom New Delhi).
The diesel variant of the R-Class comes mated to a 7G-TRONIC transmission with 4WD. Where the petrol V6 used to return a mileage of 4kmpl (or if you are really careful 6 kmpl), the diesel one sips the fuel to give you 11.25 kmpl.
For nearly 60 lakhs, you get:
- LED daytime running lights
- Electric sunroof
- 18-inch ten spoke alloy wheels
- Chrome package
On the inside, you have enough space to carry a small battalion in brilliant comfort features such as:
- An in-dash six-disc CD changer and Universal media interface.
- Electrically adjustable telescopic steering wheel
- Memory seats
- Three zone automatic climate control
- Air-conditioning for rear row passengers
It’s a very unique offering with hardly any direct competitors. Most of its challengers are SUVs with not enough practicality. We will have to wait and see whether this diesel engine pumps some torque in the sales figures of the R Class.
Have a look at this video to experience the massiveness of Mercede R Class first hand
Mercedes Benz R-Class video
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