New Mercedes-Benz R-Class "Grand Edition" Sporting AMG Upgrades

For some strange reason, every time that Mercedes-Benz tries to make the Owl R-Class look better, we recall Barack Obama's reference to "lipstick on a pig". Same goes for the Stuttgart-based automaker's latest attempt with a new 'sporty' package called Grand Edition that can be ordered in Europe for €3,300 plus tax (about US$4,400). Among other things, the package adds unique 20-inch AMG bicolour light-alloy wheels as well as thermally insulated blue windows all-round.

Other exterior features includes standard by bi-xenon headlamps with dynamic active light and cornering light functions, chrome-framed LED daytime driving lamps integrated into the front bumper and taillights in a dark finish.

Inside, the Grand Edition justifies its price with decorative wood trim made of anthracite-colored poplar with chrome applications as well as the "Grand Edition" nameplate, an AMG steering wheel with gearshift paddles, and sports pedals made of brushed stainless steel.