Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Mercedes-Benz R280L in Malaysia now

For 2008 in Malaysia, the rather pointless R350L has given way to a new leaner R280L. The all aluminium M272 is now a 3.0 V6 capable of 231bhp and 300Nm of torque between 2500 to 5000rpm. Despite the smaller engine displacement, by driving just the rear axle (RWD instead of 4Matic), the drivetrain is still able to push this 5.16metre behemoth of an MPV (Grand Sports Tourer in Merc speak) from rest to 100km/h in 9.6secs, on the way to a top end of 220km/h.

Chief difference between the R280L and the 2006/07 R350L is the addition of a 7th seat - making it more practical now - sandwiched between two full-sized 2nd row chairs, which have given up its captain status. Apart from that, the R280L has a regular metal sunroof, in place of the costlier Panoramic - full length tinted glass - roof of the R350L (as depicted in pics above and below).

The new R280L retails for RM458,888 (on-the-road sans insurance) and is available at Mercedes-Benz dealers for booking now. Airmatic suspension, 7-G Tronic transmission and EASY-PACK (electric-powered hatch) tailgate are some standard features similar to the R350L. Shapelier and sportier AMG rear bumper is now standard with the 2008 R-Class.

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