Will electrification help usher the return of the R-Class?

With the exception of China, Mercedes-Benz has discontinued the R-Class in its lineup for one compelling reason: dismal sales numbers. The minivan isn’t just attractive enough for trivial car buyers and enthusiasts alike, even with the existence of the R63 that carries a handbuilt 6.2-liter V8 producing 503 horsepower (375 kilowatts) and 465 pound-feet (630 Newton-meters) of torque.

But is the defunct R-Class making a comeback? Well, not entirely if we’re to believe this latest scoop from Car Magazine.

According to the U.K.-based publication, Mercedes is bringing back the R-Class but as an all-electric SUV that will bear the Mercedes-AMG GLR badge. However, it has been pointed out that the model is in-line with the Mercedes EQ range, which could mean that it may arrive with an EQR nameplate.

The Car Magazine report continued on and discussed what will power the all-electric seven-seat SUV. A 105-kilowatt-hour power pack will power the three motors that will motivate the vehicle. Combined, the output will reach 1,006 hp (750 kW) and 996 lb-ft (1,350 Nm) of torque – outlandish numbers but remember that it will have the AMG badge so we won’t be surprised if they do happen.

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