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Together with the significantly revised exterior, the complete range of
standard equipment and the numerous individualization options, the Mercedes-Benz
R350 can be tailored specifically to meet individual requirements. If there was
such a thing as a vehicle versatility test, then the R350 would certainly be the
favorite to win first place.
The Design of the 2011 R350
Dramatically redesigned for the 2011 model year, the Mercedes-Benz R350 is
noticeably more assertive, underlining the unique character of this
multi-talented vehicle. The designers paid special attention to the front
section, with an emphasis on width and a horizontally structured hood to make
the vehicle appear more harmonious, muscular and dynamic.
At the front of
the Mercedes-Benz R350, the hood, fenders, radiator grille, headlamps and bumper
have been completely redesigned. The new hood has more defined contours,
complemented by an arrow-shaped front edge. The wider, higher radiator grille is
more steeply angled, while the rear fascia incorporates striking, clear-cut
lines. The side recesses in the bumper - where the fog lamps and daytime driving
lights (or optional LED daytime running lights) are located - are spaced well
apart and emphasize width. The lines of the side skirts are harmoniously
continued forward in the updated fenders and grille. The new, dynamic "face" of
the R350 is particularly impressive. The redesigned headlamps blend perfectly
into the front end to further emphasize the horizontal lines. The "eyelids"
follow the beltline contours along the sides, and are arranged above the chromed
headlamp housings to produce an assertive, concentrated gaze.
design is reiterated in the side profile as well. With the coupé-like lines of
the window area, the R350 represents a unique departure from traditional
crossovers. Eye-catching details of the clearly contoured sides include the
larger exterior mirror housings, which are set well away from the doors and
supported by slim stems.
The rear section seamlessly continues the design
idiom of the front, with a new bumper design, modified tail lights, a diffuser
and integrated tailpipe trim emphasizing the width with more horizontal
The 2011 model year R350 looks particularly attractive in the
new "diamond white" metallic paint finish.
The Interior: Sitting
Comfortably in Spacious Luxury
If there were a versatility test for
automobile interiors, the Mercedes-Benz R350 would undoubtedly be a candidate
for first place. The R350 offers a variety of seating options: designed for
maximum comfort, the crossover offers six seats as standard or an optional
seventh seat in the U.S. (European models offer five seats as standard in both
the normal and long-wheelbase versions plus an available four seat
configuration). The second row can also be equipped with a storage console
between the two standard captain's chairs.
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