The old R-Class was only saved by the unexpected sales in China, and the new model has had a few tweaks but it still fails to impress.

Where to now for the R-Class, the Mercedes-Benz that defined all that was wrong with the era of profligate car making?

For sure, the R-Class doesn’t know and neither, it seems, has Benz finally made up its mind about what it is and what it isn’t.

When it landed, the much-hyped brainchild of the now-head of Benz design, Gordon Wagener, it was the crossover of all crossovers; a car to fill white space in Benz’s line-up.

But it didn’t work. In fact, in spite of some historical revisionists in Benz’s marketing department, it was a disaster, saved by just two things.

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