As we all know, the Mercedes-Benz R-Class was taken out of the United States back in 2012, however it continued to live on in China due to the high demand for luxury minivans.
Just recently reports about the possibility of a new R-Class being in the works and ready for launch in 2025 surfaced. The automaker already sells a luxury minivan that’s called the V-Class, however this variant is based on a commercial van that’s sold in the United States.
As per recent reports, the idea of modern R-Class was conceived by the former Chief of Mercedes-AMG, Tobias Moers. Reports hinted that the vehicle could be performance oriented as well.
It’s possible that such a vehicle might be labeled as a GLR or even EQR if the variant ends up being a part of Mercedes’ EQ family of electric vehicles. The modern R-Class will likely be an electric model, making it a direct competitor for the Tesla Model X.
The reports mentioned that the powertrains is a three motor system with a combined 1000 horsepower and 105 kilowatts-hours of battery capacity.
Apart from an independent electric R-Class, Mercedes-Benz has confirmed a similar vehicle to the R-Class that comes equipped with a battery-electric powertrain, and is expected to go on sale in 2022.
The only drawback is that this variant will likely feature just two rows of seats, so the return of an R-Class as an electric vehicle is quite possible.
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