Of course, it is based on the new generation GLS that debuted earlier this year. The Maybach design elements such as the pinstripe grille might remind you of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury concept that we saw in 2018. There’s a generous usage of chrome all around the vehicle to Maybachify the GLS. The example here rides on 23-inch wheels echoing the pinstripe theme.
Unlike the exterior, there are no significant differentiating design elements on the inside. However, the appointments are indeed luxurious. The materials used include open-pore wood surfaces, upholstery in Nappa magma grey/black or Nappa mahogany brown/macchiato beige. The same color combinations are also available for the optional designo Leather package.
While the rear section doesn’t get a heated tray with teapot and cups, it does, however, get a wine glass holder. In the four-seat configuration, behind the continuous centre console, is a refrigerated compartment that can accommodate three 0.75-litre champagne bottles. The rear occupants also get 7-inch MBUX screens.
The Mercedes-Maybach GLS features the Airmatic air suspension with Adaptive Damping System Plus (ADS+) as standard. The damping characteristics can be fully and automatically varied at each individual wheel, in both the compression and rebound stages. At high speeds, the vehicle body is lowered by 15 mm to reduce aerodynamic drag and increase stability.
If that’s not enough, buyers can opt for the 48-volt E-Active Body Control suspension system. It works with the aforementioned Airmatic system.
Powering this ultimate luxury SUV is a 4.0-litre (3,982 cc) V8 biturbo petrol engine that puts out 410 kW (557 metric hp) between 6,000-6,500 rpm and 730 Nm (538 lb-ft) of torque between 2,500-5,000 rpm. There’s also an electric motor for ‘EQ Boost’; it offers 22 hp and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque.
A 9-speed automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels. For those who care, a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration is claimed to happen in 4.9 seconds. The top speed as you might have guessed is limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).
One of the highlights of the Mercedes-Maybach GLS is the electrically extending running boards. When in the retracted position, they’re concealed within the side sill panel. The support structure of each running board is designed for a maximum load of 200 kg (441 lbs), Mercedes said.