The new Mercedes-Maybach S-class is set to launch in India on March 3. Like the previous-gen model, the new Maybach S is based on the new V223 S-class with a 180mm longer wheelbase and an even more plush cabin.
- Maybach S-class expected to be available in S 580 and S 680 spec
- Sits on a 180mm longer wheelbase over long-wheelbase S-class
- Expected to be priced upwards of Rs 2 crore
Mercedes-Maybach S-class: Styling and interior
As with its predecessor, the new Maybach S-class doesn’t stray far from the standard S-class in terms of looks. Longer wheelbase and larger rear door aside, the luxury limousine features a number of Maybach specific cosmetic tweaks, including the signature Maybach grille, unique wheel designs, additional chrome and the Maybach logo on the C-pillar.
The cabin design too is in-line with the regular S-class with Maybach specific upholstery, trim inserts and graphics for the touchscreen and digital instrument cluster. Expect the Maybach S-class to be available in a four-seat layout with the individual rear seats seperated by a full-length floor console. As with the regular S-class, the chauffeur package – adds powered rear seats, seat massage and a boss mode to stretch out on the co-driver side – will be fitted as standard.
In terms of equipment, expect the Maybach S-class to pack in all the bells and whistles from the regular S-class along with some additional kit and a lengthy list of options.
Mercedes-Maybach S-class: Engine options for India
As with global markets, Mercedes is expected to bring both variants of the Maybach S-class to India – the S 580 and the S 680. The S 580, a replacement for the old S 560, is powered by a 4.0-litre V8 developing 503hp and 700Nm paired with a 48V mild hybrid system capable of offering an additional boost of 20hp and 200Nm.
The range-topping S 680, meanwhile, is powered by a 6.0-litre V12 pushing out 612hp and a mammoth 900Nm of torque. Both engines are paired with a 9-speed automatic gearbox as standard. As with the regular S-class air-ride, suspension is standard, with rear-wheel steering also expected to be offered.
Mercedes-Maybach S-class: S 580 likely to be locally assembled
As with the past iteration of the Maybach S-class, Mercedes is expected to locally assemble the V8-powered S 580 alongside the standard S-class at its Chakan facility. It remains to be seen, however, if the model will be locally assembled from the outset or with initial units being CBU imports.
The high-spec S 680, meanwhile, is expected to be available as a CBU import.
In terms of pricing, expect the Maybachs to cost a notable premium over the standard S-class with prices expected to be north of Rs 2 crore. The new Maybach S-class will be the company’s second new Maybach model to arrive in India in the last 12 months following the Maybach GLS, which arrived in June 2021.
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