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Hello All,

Hope, I have posted this in the correct forum. Anyways, I was in the market for M-Class ML350 but with the potential release of R-Class, I am thinking of waiting and buy R-350.

Both the vehicles do seem different but it is based on same platform and R-Class does provide benefits of 3rd row seating.

Do you guys think, R-Class release will negatively impact M-Class, does it make sense to wait to buy M-Class once R-Class is released, to better negotiate price on M-Class. Your inputs will be highly appreciated.. Thanks
 

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firstmb - 3/24/2005 7:49 AM

Hello All,

Hope, I have posted this in the correct forum. Anyways, I was in the market for M-Class ML350 but with the potential release of R-Class, I am thinking of waiting and buy R-350.

Both the vehicles do seem different but it is based on same platform and R-Class does provide benefits of 3rd row seating.

Do you guys think, R-Class release will negatively impact M-Class, does it make sense to wait to buy M-Class once R-Class is released, to better negotiate price on M-Class. Your inputs will be highly appreciated.. Thanks
The R-Class will not impact the M-Class to any great extent. Those going for the GST (R) want/need the extra seating that the ML does not provide. It is more of a morphed station wagon, whereas the ML is a truck at heart with greater towing and cargo capacity and off-road ability. Now the GST and Gelandewagen are a different issue, because their seating capacity is similar; however there is still the same car/truck difference.

M-B has obviously try to define discreet markets so the vehicles do not cnabalize each other too much.
 

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actually, if the R-Class were available this Fall, when i need a new car, i would have shopped it directly against the M-class, despite the different format of the cars. I think the R-class will steal some potential m-class buyers - i.e. you walk into the showroom to see the M, then see the R, and say "hey, what's that?"....
 

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jjl1 - 3/24/2005 4:35 PM

actually, if the R-Class were available this Fall, when i need a new car, i would have shopped it directly against the M-class, despite the different format of the cars. I think the R-class will steal some potential m-class buyers - i.e. you walk into the showroom to see the M, then see the R, and say "hey, what's that?"....
That's true to a degree. The other factor, though, is that it will be quite a bit more expensive than the ML. The GST350 will be about $10k more than the ML350, though it may come with more standard equipment. I really like the design, despite the crude comparisons some people make to the Pacifica.
 
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