#8. It’s the same R-Class, albeit with a face and butt lift.
To be a legitimate crossover, it helps to look the part. With that in mind, Mercedes designers have scrapped the R-Class’s soft front-end styling, replacing it for 2011 with a mug that better aligns the vehicle with SUVs such as the ML-Class and GL-Class.
The 2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class is all-new from the A-pillar forward. Fenders were reshaped, the nose is taller and more upright, the optional LED daytime running lights can be added, and the result is a more masculine appearance. Move along the R-Class’s flanks and you might notice that only the mirrors and wheel designs have changed, whereas the rear end has been tweaked with a restyled bumper and LED taillights (the shape of the lights is unchanged). Inside, the gauge cluster and steering wheel have been massaged slightly and the vents are now silver.