The Mercedes Maybach GLS SUV is luxury and power
Extravagant features you won’t believe
Daimler debuted their last SUV, Mercedes Maybach S-Class, five years ago at the Auto Guangzhou exhibition in China. In November 2019, at that same event, they debuted the Maybach GLS 600, their much-anticipated new generation SUV.
It’s a full-size SUV, but does it live up to the Mercedes name? Let’s find out. Right off the bat, it lives up to the Mercedes price tag. The sticker price is $200,000. Yes, you read that right. This vehicle is being built at the Alabama Mercedes factory. When it rolls off the assembly line, it will officially be the most expensive vehicle assembled in the U.S.
According to all the hype, this new generation will be a luxurious upgrade from the Maybach S-Class. Since the GLS is full size, it promises more legroom than the previous generation. It will also have state-of-the-art electronics in the cabin. But wait, there’s more!
There’s a lot more
Besides more legroom, Mercedes knows noise reduction is also something customers want. This Mercedes SUV is quieter than the S-Class and others in the same class. The enhanced Airmatic suspension comes standard. There is an optional E-Active Body Control, which provides even better ride control.
Another cool feature of this prestigious ride is the illuminated running boards. When the door opens, they extend out automatically, and the vehicle lowers for easy entry and exit. The seats are also up higher, making it easier to get in and out of the car.
Powering this Mercedes SUV is a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, which puts out 500 horsepower. It now has an onboard-electrical system for energy recovery and better gas mileage. The new automatic transmission has nine gears to handle all that horsepower.
The Maybach is rated to go from 0 to 60 in just under five seconds and has a top speed of 130 mph.
But the luxurious interior is what Daimler hopes will get you in the door. With the business-style option, the Maybach interior has a new approach to the seating arrangements. The second and third rows of seats are gone, and in their place are more individualized seats for a lounge-like ride.
The Maybach SUV is lavish
If you’re lucky enough to have a chauffeur, Maybach has you covered. Mercedes calls the back seat the “Executive Rear.” It’s basically a rolling office. Along with lots of legroom, it has ultra-plush seats and touchscreens with upgraded graphics.
With plenty of sources to plug in your electronics, a lot can be accomplished while lounging in the back seat.
And after work, the seats actually recline with a footrest. Each seat has its heating and ventilation system, and a massage setting. Special options include tables that extend for extra room to work. Saving the best for last, an optional refrigerator in the center console outfitted with silver flutes for champagne toasting is available. Now that’s opulence.
“This new generation will be a luxurious upgrade from the Maybach S-Class.”
Other standard features of the Maybach include a wireless station to charge all of those electronics, a Burmester audio system, and a sunroof. The most unusual feature is a new fragrance in the interior that was specifically designed just for the Maybach. Nope, can’t make this stuff up.
The Maybach also has some new safety features that come standard. In particular, there’s a unique airbag in the seats. In case of an accident, it will prevent you from sliding out under the belt when the seat is reclined.
The exterior has also been enhanced. The grille now has vertical bars and a hood ornament that stands up. Two-tone paint choices make the Maybach stand out from prior versions also. With 22-inch wheels explicitly designed for the Maybach, you’ll be rolling down the road in style.
Rolls-Royce, Bentley, and Range Rover better watch their backs because the Maybach has them all in its sites. Deliveries of the Maybach will begin in mid to late 2020. For the high-rollers out there looking for comfort and luxury, the Maybach will have you covered.
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