Back in 2011, Daimler announced that it would cease Maybach production due to the very poor sales, and the last Maybach left the factory in December 2012. Shortly after Benz dropped Maybach, Mercedes announced it would replace the entire brand with an extended-wheelbase version of the new-generation S-Class called the Pullman .
Today our spy photographers caught an awfully long S-Class out testing. Though many people think this may be just an extra-long version of the new S-Class, our detective work has all but confirmed that this is the same Pullman prototype that we caught earlier, simply further along in the design process.
The super-long body sits atop an extended S-Class wheelbase and it features a new side profile and a new C-Pillar. The Pullman will offer significantly more room on the inside, plus there are rumors floating around that the Pullman will offer a 2+2+2 configuration.
Under the hood, we expect the next S600 Pullman to get a twin-turbocharged V-12 engine that will deliver about 600 horsepower.
Expect to see the new Pullman sometime at the end of 2013.
When viewed from the front, the model caught testing today looks basically identical to the standard S-Class. It gets a larger radiator grille in three-dimensional design, a long hood and the new headlights with 56 LED lights.
Things are a little bit different when looking from the side. It is pretty clear the model is a good bit longer than a base S-Class, and will feature a different C-Pillar, a profile and an extended rear door for easy access.