2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS
The 2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS is the range-topping version of the third-generation SUV, launched in 2019 for the 2020 model year. It’s the second Maybach SUV ever built after the 2018 G650 Landaulet, but the first one that’s not a limited-edition vehicle. Inspired by the Maybach S-Class,, the 2021 Maybach GLS is a fancied up GLS with extra luxury features, exclusive appointments, and a unique drivetrain. Performance-wise, it slots between the GLS 580 and the AMG GLS 63 S., And just like the rest of the lineup, its gasoline engine works in conjunction with a 48-volt EQ Boost system. Let’s find out more about this luxurious hauler in the review below.
The Mercedes GLS now has a hotter, sexier sister that wears a Maybach badge and a whole lot of model-exclusive features. Naturally, the interior is the epitome of luxury, ranking up there with the best of the best, but the exterior has been updated to make it stand out in the GLS lineup as well. This includes the two-tone exterior finish, the massive chrome grille, and the cheese grater-like insert in the front fascia. That part we can’t really get onboard with but the rest of it looks amazing.
Under the hood sits an AMG-sourced V-8 that’s paired with a 48-volt electrical system and EQ boost. The engine alone delivers 558 horsepower and 538 pound-feet of torque while the EQ Boost function pumps out another 22 ponies and 184 pound-feet. So, despite the lack of the usual V-12 engine, this Maybach will get you to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds but will top out at 155 mph when the electronic governor kicks in. Sales for this luxrious people mover kicks off in the second half of 2020 and pricing is expect to start out north of the $200,000 mark.
The 2018 Vision Maybach Ultimate Luxury Concept Could Lend DNA to One of Mercedes’ Latest SUVs
Arguably, the most crucial launch event at the 2019 New York Auto Show was that of the third-generation Mercedes-Benz GLS. The flagship luxury SUV from Mercedes will take on the BMW X7 soon, but Mercedes could actually be cooking up a version that would aim straight at the Rolls-Royce Cullinan. Insane? Not for those who saw the Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury Concept up close and personal.
After three years since the GLS name was introduced as part of Mercedes’ refreshment of its model nameplates, a new generation was introduced. Given the American consumer’s propensity for buying oversized SUVs, the 2020 GLS was introduced at the New York Auto Show, and the first news that came from the unveiling got us thinking. For starters, there won’t be any electric version due to the limited demand for an SUV of this size featuring an electric drivetrain and, on the other hand, for those craving for power, there will be an AMG version or maybe a few.
But, maybe the most significant thing we heard, via Dr. Andreas Zygan, Mercedes’ Head of SUV Development, was that the S Class of SUVs might get the Maybach treatment just like the S Class of the sedans did. This sort of comes as a confirmation for the rumors we’ve seen lingering in the air for a few years. We went as far as writing a speculative review for it but only now can we say we’re getting closer and closer to a Maybach SUV actually happening. Mercedes previewed this possibility with the latest of the Maybach Vision concept that was presented in 2018.
Custom Mercedes-Maybach V-Class - an Exceptional Coach - Exclusive Images and Video
What you are seeing on these photos is a specially prepared Mercedes-Benz V-Class rigged out with Maybach gear. Of course, it is not a stock production model, but a finely customized V-Class probably produced for the French coach-limousine service - CLS Paris - where it is currently in service. This particular Maybach V-Class was filmed some time ago on the streets of Paris, and within the CLS Paris coach service, it complements the fleet with a couple of other high-end cars - including the equally black Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
In contrast to any other stock V-Class, this particular one comes with a fully customized interior - the same quality found in Mercedes-Maybach cars. That’s what makes this particular V-Class that incredible in the world of cars.
New Mercedes-Maybach GLS Spotted Before Los Angeles Motor Show Debut
The first prototype of the Mercedes-Maybach GLS has been spotted testing in Germany prior to its debut at the Los Angeles motor show. This is the top-of-the-line Maybach model. Mercedes is planning to expand the Maybach line-up with lavish models, and what better way to do that than to add the GLS to a portfolio known mainly for stretched limos!
Mercedes Want’s Maybach to Build Standalone Models but We’re Skeptical
Mercedes is looking to capture as much market share possible with the Maybach brand. While AMG is doing well on its own with performance cars, Maybach is still relying on Mercedes and building high-end versions of the S-Class sedan. However, Autocar reports that Maybach could soon revive itself as an independent brand that builds its own standalone vehicles - Much like AMG has gone with the GT lineup.
Pops’ Rants: And the Award for the Worst Car Design of 2018 Goes to Mercedes-Maybach
I know we usually hand out awards for the best and worst of the auto industry at the end of the year, but I’m going to start early in 2018 and give Mercedes-Maybach a medal for the worst car design of the year. And the award goes to the Vision Ultimate Luxury, which made its debut among a handful of China-exclusive vehicles at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show. Yes, it’s that ugly!
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Peisert Design Rendered the Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury SUV as it was Meant to Be
Okay, I don’t know what the guys over at Mercedes were smoking when the greenlit the design of the Maybach Ultimate Luxury SUV (Not that it’s an SUV, really) but just like everyone else in the world we’re not to keen on the overall design. In fairness, the front end isn’t bad, but the overall shape is about as ugly as they come. Well, Peisert design was a bit disappointed too, and that’s exactly why you’re looking at the rendering here. Peisert Design too the new Maybach and reshaped the rear end to make it look like a true-to-life SUV. And, it looks amazing.
In the end, Mercedes should take some notes from the rendering here. After seeing all the horrible comments all over the internet about the new Ultimate Luxury “SUV,” it really makes you wonder how things are going over there at headquarters. Either way, feast your eyes on what the Ultimate Luxury SUV should have been, then try to forget that it doesn’t exist in this form.
2018 Mercedes-Maybach Vision Ultimate Luxury
Revived in 1997 after more than 50 years of absence, the Maybach brand didn’t make much of an impact on the luxury market, with its S-Class-based models failing to impress against the Rolls-Royces and the Bentleys. As a result, Mercedes-Benz discontinued the name in 2012. The brand returned as Mercedes-Maybach in 2015, and although it still delivers revised S-Class sedans with longer wheelbases and more luxury features, it aims to offer other Mercedes vehicles too. Unlike its predecessor, Mercedes-Maybach also produced concept cars, with a pair of Vision 6 two-door models showcasing spectacular designs. Come 2018 and Maybach unveiled its third concept car, this time around design to preview an upcoming SUV.
Called the Vision Ultimate Luxury, this new concept vehicle is said to preview the Maybach version of the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class. However, the concept itself isn’t exactly an SUV, but a hybrid design that combines the features of a utility vehicle with the rear end of a notchback sedan. Inside the cabin, the Ultimate Luxury is actually more production friendly than the Vision 6 coupe, while its all-electric drivetrain is identical with the other two Maybach concept cars. It definitely won’t make it into production in this form, but it previews a few interesting design cues and technologies. Let’s find out more in the review below.
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Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury Comes with a Teapot, Quirky Design
Mercedes’ highly-anticipated Maybach Ultimate Luxury concept just made its debut ahead of the 2018 Beijing Auto Show, and it looks, well... weird. Believed to preview the Maybach version of the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLS, the Ultimate Luxury concept combines the styling features of an SUV with those of a notchback sedan. Mercedes says that it combines the most successful body styles in China, but it’s definitely not the best design exercise out there.
You’ve Already Seen the Leaked Images but Here’s Another Teaser of the Hideous Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury
Leaked photos of the Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury SUV spoiled the surprise for a lot of us. But in some ways, we’re actually glad those photos leaked because they would’ve spared us from catastrophic disappointment. The Ultimate Luxury SUV is a sight for sore eyes, and that’s maybe putting it lightly. That hasn’t stopped Mercedes-Maybach, though, from rolling out another teaser of the luxury SUV. Guess it didn’t get the memo that the photos have already been leaked.
The Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury SUV Is So Ugly It Actually Hurts
We’ve seen some pretty slick-looking concepts from Mercedes-Maybach in the past - the Vision 6 and Vision 6 Cabriolet certainly come to mind quite easily. However, this latest creation, dubbed the Ultimate Luxury concept and leaked prior to a full debut at the Beijing Motor Show, is making our collective stomachs churn.
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The Mercedes-Maybach Concept SUV Will Be Able to Offer You Some Tea
Mercedes-Maybach isn’t messing around in teasing the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury. For the second day in a row, we’re getting a good look at the Auto-Show-bound SUV concept and, while the teaser itself is short — it lasts all of 11 seconds — we get a clearer picture of the concept’s interior, including a tea set that can be accessed through a compartment on the center tunnel.
Official Sketch Is an Interior Preview of the Beijing-Bound SUV from Mercedes-Maybach
Bentley and Rolls-Royce better start looking over their shoulders. Another luxury brand is looking to get a piece of the super luxury SUV market. That brand would be Mercedes-Maybach, Daimler’s high-class sub-brand. In a surprising move, Mercedes-Maybach is bringing a concept SUV to the Beijing Auto Show later this month. We don’t know much about it, but a new teaser sketch of the concept’s interior has been released, and it looks fancy.
Mercedes Let Us Down with the Maybach Vision 6 Cabriolet
Now that we’ve seen Mercedes’ “latest” concept, I have to say that I’m not impressed in the least bit. When we first saw the teaser video back at the beginning of August,(art177208) I thought for sure we would get the “big surprise” that Chief Designer Gorgon Wagener promised us. This concept was supposed to be an “icon for the brand,” but all I see is a lazy concept that was thrown together just a few weeks before it was set to debut… Did you forget there was a concept lawn at Pebble Beach, Mr. Wagener? Now I’m wondering if that teaser video from within the bowels of the Advance Design Center was actually the very first meeting to discuss the new concept.
With that said, I will say that the Vision 6 looks good as a droptop, but it definitely falls short of what was promised. In the video, it was even mentioned that the front end would be “different.” Of course, they were talking about in comparison to the Concept IAA, but still. In the end, the Vision 6 Cabriolet is every bit the Vision 6 with a standalone windshield and no roof. Of course, they did change the interior a bit to account for a slightly revised dashboard with a set of HVAC vents in the center – that’s something the coupe doesn’t have. It is also a bit less futuristic in comparison but still far on the red side of my “never-gonna-see-production” meter. The car itself is attractive, and I even love the scheme of the interior, but when I saw the similarities in Merc’s second teaser video, I should have known. But, I don’t want to be all negative, so let’s move on from this rant and talk about something good that comes from this specific concept.
If You’re Not A "Top Customer" Of Mercedes, Don’t Expect To Get Your Hands On The Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet
The math involving the production of the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet is tricky when you consider that the German automaker is only building 300 units of the luxury convertible and that of those 300 units, only 75 will go to the U.S. market. That’s not a lot of models to offer, so in lieu of making the S650 Cabriolet available to everyone, Mercedes is instead going to its VIP customers first and giving them, in the words of Mercedes-Benz USA Dietmar Exler, “the right of first refusal."
Not that Mercedes USA is going to sweat trying to sell the 75 units of the S650 Cabriolet – the automaker has already received plenty of interest in the special edition convertible during its debut party last week. All 75 available units are expected to sell out quickly in the U.S., even if model comes with a pretty steep $320,000-plus price tag.
Given the car’s status and exclusivity, the price is where you expect it to be. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s inundated with the most luxurious of features and amenities, not to mention at 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-12 engine that produces 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough power to propel the luxury convertible from 0-to-60 mph in 4.0 seconds to go with an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
It’s unclear how long Mercedes USA is going to take to sell out the Maybach S650 Cabriolet, but considering the demand for the car and the fact the super-luxury convertible will likely only last a model year or less, all 75 units should be scooped up faster than it takes to write all those zeros in the checkbook. Or as Exler proudly told Automotive News: "We’ll be running out. We’re pretty happy with the way it’s going."
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2016 Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6
The 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance was packed with numerous new products from various automakers, mostly in concept form. Among them is Mercedes-Benz, which showcased a brand-new concept car wearing the "Maybach" badge. It goes by the name Vision 6 and it’s the wildest vehicle to feature the Maybach name in the modern era. Not only spectacular on the outside, the German coupe sports the latest technology Mercedes-Benz has to brag about. It’s also pretty massive for a two-door coupe. And by "massive" we mean it’s nearly six meters (18.5 feet) long, or about as long as the extended wheelbase version of the Rolls-Royce Phantom. For reference, the Mercedes-Maybach S500/S600 is "only" 5.5 meters (18 feet).
In many ways, including size, the Vision 6 is a spiritual successor to the Maybach Exelero one-off that the German brand built for Fulda tires back in 2004. As you’d expect from a Mercedes-badged concept car, the Vision 6 features a massive amount of new technology to go with the wild design, as well as a fuel-efficient drivetrain built around at least one electric motor. Don’t get your hopes up for a production version, but a two-door Maybach based on the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe isn’t out of the question.
Updated 08/22/2016: We added a series of images taken during the concept’s official debut at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Check them out in the picture gallery.
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Mercedes Brings Maybach SUV Back On The Table
You know the SUV market is alive and healthy when a company that was axed just three years ago and revived last year could now get its own (luxury) family hauler. I am, of course, talking about Maybach and the possibility that Mercedes could finally green light an über luxurious SUV for its premium brand.
Mercedes board member Ola Källenius let the cat out of the bag in a conversation with Top Gear, although he did throw out the nugget of information with a couple of caveats. First, it’s still not an absolute certainty. Second, if Mercedes does give the thumbs up, it’s not going to arrive anytime soon. As it is, Källenius explained, a Maybach SUV isn’t likely to happen if Mercedes tapped into its current platform. It wouldn’t make sense using that because a Maybach SUV would need to be carefully planned if it hopes to make a dent in a market that’s currently populated by the likes of the Bentley Bentayga and Maserati Levante.
The safer bet would be to develop the next-generation platform with the model in mind, something that the German automaker is unlikely to rush just so it can accommodate the model. While that’s a little disappointing, those who have been eagerly waiting for a Maybach SUV aren’t going to sweat the specifics if it means that there’s renewed consideration for the model.
The good news is that it’s back on the table and that the growing clout of the premium SUV market means that Mercedes won’t be too quick to dismiss the model the way it did in the past. So cross your fingers that the decision-makers over at Stuttgart will consider the benefits of having a Maybach SUV on the market. At the very least, having that model means that Mercedes will have a presence in what is fast becoming one of the most competitive segments in the business.
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2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 – Driven
Power and wealth – Many seek after these things with religious fervor, building great empires of business or climbing the upper rungs of the corporate ladder. Perhaps its government work in some far-off land where surnames bring special rights and unquestioned privileges. These are the one percent of the one percent – the master-of-the-universe-types who need no introduction to their constituents.
What do these people drive? Sure, there’s Bentley or Rolls Royce, but every 0.0001-percenter drives – or rather is driven in – one of those. Ah, but Mercedes-Benz has a solution. It has revived the storied Maybach name for 2016 after three years of being idle. The brand dates back to its founding in 1909. Since then, the German company has built everything from diesel engines for Zeppelins and Panzer III tanks for the German army to dolled up versions of Mercedes sedans. And that’s exactly what we have here.
Built using the same platform and design as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the Mercedes-Maybach S600 takes things way past a mere “dolling up,” into the upper echelon of elite high-end limousine sedans. An extra eight inches of length is added to the S-Class’ chassis, all centered in the rear passengers’ compartment. The result is utterly enormous legroom fit for a king, or at least an NBA player.
I recently found myself with the Maybach S600, sitting in all its elongated glory, in my driveway. It’s $203,000 as-tested price easily surpassing the value of my rental property and personal vehicles with change to spare. Even the four-bedroom, 2,000-square-foot house my wife and I are building carries less of a premium. I’ll tell you, it’s an interesting feeling being behind the wheel of something worth more than the 30-year mortgage we face at the end of our lease. Needless to say, we’ve yet to acquire the prerequisite power and wealth needed to own such as the Maybach. Still, it was a heck of a press loaner.
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The 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 is already one of the most powerful, luxurious and exclusive production sedans on the planet, so what is a customer to do if he wants even more power, luxury and exclusivity? Send it to Brabus. Introduced earlier this year, the Brabus 900 shows the tuning potential of Mercedes’ flagship luxury sedan, and the world got its first live look at the high-powered Maybach limousine at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
From the engine to the highly detailed interior, the German tuner house has put its touches on every aspect of the latest Maybach, creating what is essentially a four-wheeled alternative to a private luxury jet. Now this isn’t the first time Brabus has gone to work on a Maybach sedan, but this new Brabus 900 far surpasses its predecessor in every regard, including making that car’s output of 749 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque seem downright feeble. I know, right?
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Have you ever had a difficult time deciding whether to buy a Bentley Mulsanne or a Mercedes-Benz S-Class? Of course you have, it’s something we all struggle with almost daily. Motor Trend did a video comparison of the Mulsanne and the S65 AMG a while back, but now there is an S600 Maybach and a Mulsanne Speed, making the previous video worthless as a means of easing our anxiety over the decision of which car to buy. But just in time to keep us from spiraling into a serious depression over it, Motor Trend has released a new video.
Since this is a comparison of two limousines, the reviewer only gives a brief impression of what the cars are like from behind the wheel, and the majority of the review takes place from the back seat. The level of comfort, quality of the materials and ease of access to champaign are all factored into this review, but it obviously mostly boils down to a matter of taste, as both are pretty exceptional vehicles.
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SUVs are the talk of the automotive world these days, with offerings ranging from massive people haulers like the Escalade to jacked-up hatchbacks that offer little more than a little extra ground clearance and all-wheel drive. Regardless of how irritating they are to some purists, these are what buyers want, and manufacturers can’t build them fast enough. Recent rumors have been circulating around Mercedes possibly planning a Maybach- SUV and a subcompact crossover to battle the Audi Q1. But while a new report claims that the Maybach rumor is true, it also claims that the subcompact rumor is false.
The report comes from the folks at Motoring.com.au, who had a conversation with Daimler executive, Dieter Zetsche. According to the report, Zetsche said that with Rolls Royce and Bentley both rolling out their own SUVs, the time is absolutely right for Maybach to have one of its own. Unlike the Bentley and Rolls people-haulers, however, the Maybach will be reliant on the product cycle of the Mercedes GLS, which it will be based on. The Bentley and Rolls SUVs are stand-alone models built separately from their respective parent companies’ product lines.
One SUV that appears to be totally out of the question is the rumored Mercedes-Benz Q1 fighter. According to Zetsche, that would require Mercedes to go into the A or B segment, which would step on the toes of Daimler-owned Smart. In the same breath, he also dismissed any competitor to the pint-sized A1.
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What is the Cheapest Maybach?
is the cheapest of the two available vehicles. The sedan starts from $170,750, so "cheap" isn’t the best word to use here, but it’s not as expensive as the S650 model. The Maybach S560 4Matic is $66,000 more than the Mercedes-Benz S-Class it is based on.
What is the Sportiest Maybach?
Sporty isn’t the best word to describe a Maybach. Although both of the company’s models are very powerful, they’re also heavy and weren’t design for track use. Thus they don’t have a sporty chassis setup or race-derived technology. In this case, the sportiest Maybach is actually the quickest, a title that goes to the Mercedes-Maybach S650. This model is only a tenth-second quicker than the S560 4Matic, but it has a RWD setup, which should translate into a sportier feeling when driven hard.
What is the Most Popular Maybach?
Mercedes-Benz doesn’t publish specific Maybach sales so we don’t know for sure which of the two models is more popular. However, it’s safe to assume that the Maybach S560 4Matic moves more units because it’s more affordable, but also because it comes with an all-wheel-drive system, a popular choice among luxury car owners.
What is the Most Expensive Maybach?
The Mercedes-Maybach S650 is the most expensive model offered by the luxury division. This sedan retails from $199,900, some $29,000 more than the Maybach S560 4Matic version. This Maybach is surpassed only by AMG S65 versions of the S-Class sedan, coupé, and convertible in the entire Mercedes-Benz lineup as of 2019.
What is the Fastest Maybach?
The range-topping Mercedes-Maybach S650 is the fastest Maybach you can buy. Powered by a twin-turbo, 6.0-liter V-12, this sedan hits the pavement with 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. This is enough to push the massive four-door from 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. That’s a half-second quicker than the Maybach S560, which is less powerful but comes with all-wheel drive. When it comes to top speed, both sedans are electronically limited to 155 mph.
Are Maybach Cars Reliable?
Due to Maybach’s low production volume, the company’s models are rarely included in reliability surveys. However, since Maybach’s current models are actually Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedans with extra comfort features, they should be as reliable as their least expensive sibling. Mercedes-Benz isn’t as reliable as it used to be, but it scores better than their closest rivals, BMW and Audi. The company’s engines are still considered very reliable if maintained properly, while interior materials are known to last. On the flipside, Mercedes isn’t as reliable when it comes to technology. The German firm is quick to adopt new, state-of-the-art technology, but it relies on suppliers to implement it. Sometimes, these technologies come with faults that generate issues with the electrical and the entertainment systems.