The Mercedes-Benz U.S. lineup for 2013 won’t include the slow-selling R-Class crossover, according to Yahoo’s Motoramic blog. The automaker hasn’t announced the R-Class cancellation officially, but Mercedes-Benz Spokesman Christian Bokich acknowledged that U.S. sales numbers aren’t high enough to justify continuing to sell the R-Class in this market, though it will continue to be available elsewhere.
According to Autoblog, the Mercedes-Benz R-Class was one of the top 10 worst-selling cars in the U.S. last year, selling only 2,385 units nationwide. Plus, only about 300 models have been sold so far this year, according to Left Lane News.
Despite the R-Class’ fuel-efficient BlueTec diesel engine and surprisingly roomy back seat, it’s probable that its minivan-like styling prevented many sales. One reviewer from The Wall Street Journal noted that it looks strikingly similar to the Mazda5 minivan, but even fully-loaded with leather seats and a rear-seat DVD system, a Mazda5 Grand Touring costs about half that of a base R-Class.
Shoppers who are willing to brave the R-Class’ soccer mom looks to get its standard all-wheel drive and impressive driving dynamics should be able to get a good deal from their Mercedes dealer. If you still want a three-row SUV from Mercedes-Benz, your only other option is the GL-Class, which costs about $10,000 more than the R-Class. A better bet may be to wait for the new Infiniti JX three-row crossover, or to opt for a Lexus GX.
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