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The new R-Class should go on sale either late fall/winter or early 2006 as a 2006 model. Pricing is believed to start at 43K for a V6 R350 model. There will be two new V8s, a 4.5-4.7L with about 335hp and a 5.5L V8 with anywhere from 380-415hp. Both will be DOHC/32V in construction and feature direct injection. There should be a R350, R500 and a R550 based on those engines. The U.S. market is supposed to get the long-wheelbase version only, and Europe the short wheelbase version. Mercedes' new 3.0L diesel V6 (224hp/376lb-ft) and a revised 4.0L V8 310hp) will be available in the R-Class, both here and of course in Europe, or at least that is what the rumor mill is saying once our diesel fuel is cleaned up.
Stylewise they will change very little from the concept presented at the Detroit and now Chicago autoshows this year. The new paint technology won't make production and the wheels won't be the 21 inchers on the concepts, but the rest should make the cut.
Any thoughts or further information on the R-Class?