The Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600, the first-ever SUV to wear the coveted Maybach badge. Representing the ultimate in luxury, technology, refinement, and comfort that have been highlights of the Mercedes-Maybach S sedan, the GLS 600 blends these qualities with the elevated seating position and the robust profile of an SUV.
It has a 6.8-foot-long running boards automatically extend from under the body about a second after one of the passengers opens a door. Designers took advantage of the cavernous interior to replace the second- and third-row seats with a pair of business class-like chairs that offer heated, ventilated, massaging and reclining functions. Maybach developed the GLS with chauffeur-driven buyers in mind, so the passengers traveling in the back benefit from their own infotainment system with wireless headphones, folding tablets, wireless device chargers, plus heated and cooled cupholders. Alternatively, buyers can order the GLS as a five-seater with a three-person rear bench.
The Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 4MATIC represents Stuttgart’s pinnacle in luxury SUVs. As such, it is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 550 HP (558 PS) at 6,000 – 6,500 rpm and 538 lb-ft (730 Nm) of torque at 2,500 – 5,000 rpm. This engine variant was developed exclusively for Maybach and is combined with the 48-volt system EQ Boost, which adds 22 HP (16 kW) of power and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) of instant torque.
Mercedes will also offer the option of a factory two-tone finish, with seven combinations including blue/ silver, white/ black, black/ gold and green/ silver. The company is also particularly proud of the power operated running boards, which are similar to the ones we love on the top-spec Ram pickups. They are concealed inside the sills when not in use but which will automatically motor into place when a door is opened, a process claimed to take only one second. Each running board is 81.1 inches long and, to further reinforce where the most important occupants are expected to be, are wider at the rear than the front.
To ensure that passengers are fully isolated from the utter inconvenience of road scars, the GLS 600 gets a clever e-active body control suspension system that’s partially powered by the 48V onboard electrical system. Not only are the spring and damping forces individually controlled at each wheel, but Road Surface Scan and a Curve inclination function also work together to provide superlative comfort for the driver and fortunate passengers.
The sumptuous rear quarters can be specified with individual Executive Rear Seats, turning the GLS 600 into a four-seater. A rear-seat entertainment system, folding tables, heated and ventilated seats, comfort headrests, and a seven-inch MBUX tablet are all available amenities said by carbuzz
Pricing will be announced closer to the market launch but rumors point to it starting close to $200,000. That will put the Maybach GLS in competition with the Bentley Bentayga and Rolls-Royce Cullinan, and to a lesser degree the Lamborghini Urus and new Aston Martin DBX.