In trying to marry the best qualities of the station wagon and SUV, there have been hits (Subaru Outback) and misses (Ford Flex). This is one of the misses for the U.S. market, though sales continue in Canada, Mexico, and China. Too tall to be a wagon, too short for an SUV, the R-class resembled a hearse when dressed in Mercedes black.
Low sales, consolidation, making way for a redesign - whatever the reason, it's R.I.P. for these 2012 autos.