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2006 Mercedes-Benz R Class Full-Size Luxury Crossover Sports Sedan/Wagon

New Car Overview of the 2006 Mercedes-Benz R Class Full-Size Luxury Crossover Sports Sedan/Wagon

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Description: Full-Size Luxury Crossover Sports Sedan/Wagon
Base MSRP Range: $48,000 - $55,500
Invoice Price Range: $44,640 - $51,645
Where built: USA

New R Class sport tourer cars combine the driving manners of a sports sedan with a wagon-type vehicle and the cabin of a big Mercedes luxury car. The R350 and R500 can carry up to six people in first-class comfort in a vehicle with the sticky tire traction of a pavement-hugging all-wheel-drive (AWD) SUV. In a cabin with lavish appointments, there are three tiers of seats with a pair of individual buckets set in rows one and two and three.

R350 takes its name from its 3.5-liter V6 engine, which produces 268 hp. R500 packs a 5.0-liter V8 that runs to 302 hp. Transmission is the Mercedes 7G-tronic TouchShift automatic.

A height-adjustable Airmatic air suspension system with active damping system (ADS) is on option chart, along with a video entertainment system, Harman/Kardon audio system and panorama glass sunroof.

Mercedes-Benz with headquarters in Germany makes luxury and performance vehicles that span the scale in size and type with multiple options for power and traction. The vast collection includes souped-up performance variations in many categories built by the Mercedes super-tuner AMG. But there are three new Mercedes classes for 2006 -- the elegant CLS Class of four-door coupes, the large-scale R Class sport tourer wagons and a new generation of designs for American-built M Class of sport-utility vehicles.