2010 New York Preview: 2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class tries to stop looking like a minivan

Mercedes-Benz has always classified the R-Class as an SUV or Crossover and we’ve always felt that the model should be classified by what it actually looks like – a minivan. Well, at the 2010 New York Auto Show Mercedes-Benz will try to change our minds… and it’s kind of working.

The Stuttgart automaker will unveil the new 2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class in New York next week with an SUV-like front end and mildly facelifted rear-end. It seems like Mercedes-Benz is hoping the changes will bring SUV buyers who were turned off by the minivan styling of the current R class.

There are no mechanical changes to the 2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class so you’ll still get to buy one with a 3.5L gasoline engine making 268-hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The 3.0L turbo-diesel V6 will also be offered making 210-hp with a peak torque of 398 lb-ft.

We’ll have more info for you next week from the 2010 New York Auto Show so make sure you look out for our live coverage kicking off this Wednesday.

Click through for the high-res image gallery.

2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class:

– By: Omar Rana