THE Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 4MATIC represents a new form of luxury in the SUV segment, extending the portfolio of the Mercedes-Maybach brand by combining the body design and technical basis of the GLS, with the luxury of a top class saloon car.
Its spacious interior, with high-grade materials and effective noise insulation, creates a cocoon like atmosphere, and thanks to electrically operated sun blinds on the two rear side windows, passengers can decide how much of their surroundings they want to see.
The air-matic suspension included as standard, or the optional, fully active suspension with e-active body control, effectively keep the road bumps at bay. For the first time there is a dedicated Maybach drive program that ensures even more comfort in the rear.
Access and egress are also highly convenient when the doors are opened, as the vehicle is lowered slightly, and an illuminated running board quickly and silently emerges on the access or egress side.The running boards are made of anodised aluminium.
The V8 engine with a displacement of 4.0-litres, can develop 410kW and 730Nm of torque, and is an engine variant developed exclusively for Maybach. It moves the car discreetly and powerfully, and is combined with a 48-volt system EQ Boost.
The Mercedes-Benz star sits atop the bonnet in the classic way, while the fine, vertical chrome struts of the Maybach grille create a pinstripe effect. Chrome highlights around the side windows, and chrome inserts in the side sill panels, lend dignity and elegance.
The 22 or 23-inch wheels were developed exclusively for this model, with the 23-inch version echoing the pinstripe theme. The tailpipe trim elements, with a small cross rib, emphasise the model’s identity as a Mercedes-Maybach.
The same applies to the brand emblem, which is positioned at various points on the GLS. As a special, Maybach specific feature, two-tone paintwork is available in seven different, elegant colour combinations.
In the interests of spaciousness in the rear, the Mercedes-Maybach GLS is only available with two seat rows. Those seats offer sheer luxurious leather, with the climatised massage front seats in the Mercedes-Maybach (and optionally the rears) able to recline.
Padded areas and the dashboard are finished in fine nappa leather as standard, with a range of further cushions and leather interior linings available on request. An electrically opening panoramic sliding/tilting sunroof with an opaque roller blind is standard.
Obtainable on special request, the fixed centre console (pictured below) transforms the car into a spacious four seater, and makes the rear just as suitable for working, as it is for relaxing.
This console is available with extending, folding tables, and even a refrigerator with space for champagne bottles. Suitable silver champagne flutes for this are also available from the accessories range. Mercedes-Maybach really do think of everything.
A dedicated fragrance was developed for the Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 4MATIC as part of the optional air balance package. White osmanthus blossom, floral and light, is rounded off by a gentle leather note and spicy tea.
Noise insulation in the interior has been raised to an even higher level than previous models by installing a rigid partition and a fixed parcel shelf behind the rear seats, separating the interior from the luggage compartment.
A separate air conditioner for the rear seats is standard and features additional outlets and heater boosters, with which temperature control is even faster and draught-free. There is also a dedicated Maybach drive program for the suspension and power train.
With the standard MBUX rear tablet in the centre console or the armrest between the rear seats, the extensive comfort and entertainment functions can also be intuitively controlled from the rear seats.
The integration of digital devices used by passengers comprises all of the common standards. The 2020 Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 4MATIC will enter the market in the second half of next year, with pricing to be announced closer to launch.