Mercedes-Benz has added another model to its Maybach line-up, with the unveiling of the plush new Maybach GLS at the 2019 Guangzhou motor show, in China.
Positioned alongside the S-class-based Maybach sedan – the top-flight SUV is poised as a rival to the likes of the Bentley Bentayga and Range Rover – it features a series of unique styling cues, a mild-hybrid drivetrain and an upgraded interior.
The new model invokes many of the styling elements seen on the Maybach-badged S-class to help distinguish it from the standard third-generation GLS. Included is a distinctive chrome grille featuring vertical louvres, chrome highlights within the side window surrounds and along the sills, standard 22-inch (and optional 23-inch) wheels, an optional two-tone exterior paint scheme in eight different colour combinations, electrically extending running boards and chromed tail-pipes, with a signature cross-rib.
Speaking about the new model, Mercedes-Benz’s head of product management, Martin Hülder, said: “SUV vehicles have a major advantage for the luxury segment: the high seating position. In combination with the running boards, this makes access and egress easy and convenient."
Inside, the 5,202mm-long Mercedes-Maybach GLS sports an upgraded interior with nappa leather upholstery and unique trim elements. Among the long list of options for customers are reclining rear seats with a massage function, a fixed centre console with folding tables and a refrigerator in a four-seat layout that can be further enhanced with a panoramic sunroof. Boot capacity below the cargo blind at the rear is 520 litres. Reflecting its upper luxury positioning, the latest Maybach model also receives a long list of standard driving aids.
Mercedes-Benz’s most luxurious SUV will be offered from the outset of sales with just one drivetrain in the GLS 600 4Matic. The mild-hybrid unit combines a turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine with a 48V integrated starter motor to provide an overall output of 558hp at 6,000rpm and 730Nm of torque from 2,500-5,000rpm. The electrically boosted reserves are channelled through a 9-speed torque converter automatic gearbox and 4Matic all-wheel drive. Mercedes-Benz claims a 0-100kph time for the 2,710kg Maybach GLS 600 4Matic of 4.9sec. Top speed is limited to 250kph.
Underpinning the new top-of-the-line GLS model is a specially tuned version of Mercedes-Benz’s E-Active Body control suspension. Also included is a curve inclination function that allows the big new SUV to lean into corners to reduce the lateral forces acting on the occupants.
While the Maybach GLS will, at first, be introduced in markets like China, North America and Europe, we expect the ultra luxurious SUV to make it to India as well.