The Mercedes R-Class was a resounding failure but the company is reporting developing a reimagined model.
Tentatively dubbed the Sport Cruiser, the model will reportedly combine the best attributes of a station wagon, van and coupe. That's an odd pairing but the Sport Cruiser will reportedly borrow styling cues from the B- and E-Class as well as the CLS Shooting Brake. The model is also expected to use conventional doors to escape the minivan stigma.
The cabin will be highly flexible and offer seating for up to seven people. It is slated to have a panorama glass roof, a rear seat climate control system and a variety of assistance systems.
Engine options remain unconfirmed but speculation suggests there could be a 2.9-liter V6 diesel, a 3.0-liter V6 petrol and a 4.0-liter V8 petrol. There could also be three hybrid variants that use 2.0- and 3.0-liter petrol engines.
The model will reportedly be based on the E-Class and measure five meters (196 inches) long with a wheelbase that spans roughly three meters (118 inches).
The Sport Cruiser could be launched about a year after the redesigned E-Class, so expect it to go on sale by the end of 2017.