Mercedes Benz Axes its R Class in the United Kingdom
|   Sunday, September 29, 2013
Mercedes Benz has axed its R Class MPVs in the United Kingdom, following a recent trend of fall in sales. As global markets are seeing a rise in SUV sales, Mercedes Benz's R Class has taken the hit face full. Motorists are on a lookout for off road and fuel efficient SUVs as they are practical and better suited to urban lifestyle as compared to MPV. This has resulted in the boom in mini SUV and crossover sales. Mercedes Benz was braving the odds although its management decided that this is a lost cause.


Mercedes Benz had originally designed the R Class vehicles to sit between an MPV and a 4 x 4. However, the modern car market has no need for this vehicle. Hence, Mercedes Benz decided to get rid of it. The R Class featured a base price of £44,620 while its base engine displaced 190 BHP along with 2655 ft lb of torque. Although this as sufficient at that time, it has no importance in the current market strata.

Mercedes Benz planned on upgrading this vehicle back in 2007 although response was still lukewarm in the market. Rear wheel drive was hence available along with an optional seven seated version. This was aimed at attracting customers although this plan did not seem very effective in the end.

Another facelift quickly followed in 2010 although this was not too helpful either. Mercedes Benz tried everything from reworking the interior to an almost new exterior as well as drive train modifications, although none of these seemed to work for the audiences. This is one of the last global markets where the R Series was still being sold, although insiders say that the R Class will still be available in China.

The Asian market, especially China, is one of the leading 4 x 4 markets and hence the R Class is quite popular in these parts of the world. Right hand drive versions of the car will now be manufactured exclusively for China while left hand drive versions of the car were phased out long back.


Mercedes Benz is however working on a replacement for this car while its first glimpses have already been showcased in some parts around the globe. Mercedes Benz axed its R Class from Australia initially while showcasing the Vision Grand Sport Tourer at the same time. Although it was not an actual replacement vehicle, its timing was perfect and we expect Mercedes Benz to come up with similar solutions for UK soon. Mercedes Benz is offering its latest creation as an SUV while this should have a better market prospect at the moment as compared to its ill fated R Class sibling.

New vehicles are based on Mercedes Benz's latest GL and M Class while new platforms are being used along with modern technology. It is time for better things to evolve from the house of Mercedes Benz and hence replacements are a must. We are keeping track of this situation and will keep you posted.
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