2021 Mercedes Maybach S-Class has a new luxury king in its range. Offering a much larger rear seat and chrome-heavy styling, the Maybach is the company’s luxury darling.
The new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class features an 18 cm (7 inches) longer wheelbase, at 3396 mm (133.7 inches), offering an even more spacious environment for the rear passengers compared to its predecessor. There’s also an “active noise compensation” system that sends counter-phased audio signals to cancel road noise before it reaches the occupants’ ears.
Depending on the market, customers will get to choose between the Mercedes-Maybach S580 4Matic, which is powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 making 496 HP and has a 48-volt mild-hybrid system that provides an extra 21 HP, and the V12-powered S650, which will continue using the twin-turbo 6.0-liter unit with 621 HP, possibly combined with all-wheel-drive as well.
Selected markets will also receive in the future a plug-in hybrid version of the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, featuring a 3.0-liter straight-six petrol engine paired to an electric motor for a combined 503 HP.
Every new Maybach S-Class will come with twin Executive seats that feature a new massage function for your calves, and the Chauffeur package as standard. Rear passengers can even adjust the seat surface, backrest, and legrest to create a continuous and comfortable reclining surface for sleeping.
Another interesting detail is the addition of seat belt extenders, a feature usually reserved for Coupes and Cabriolet models. However, the seat belt extenders in the new Maybach S-Class emerge as soon as the MBUX Interior Assist recognizes a corresponding hand movement as an intention to reach the belt.
Five infotainment screens which comes standard, compared to the base S-Class. There’s a 12.8-inch display front and center, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, two 11.6-inch rear-seat entertainment monitors, and a removable tablet that docks in the rear center console.
The MBUX Interior Assist also enables gesture control for the rear occupants, allowing them to open and close the roller sunblind and switch on the reading lights. It even detects when a rear passenger reaches into a defined area of the interior in the dark, automatically switching on a multispot light to help them see better.
A final option worth mentioning are electronically controlled rear doors. These can be opened from the driver’s seat or simply using the key and are integrated with the vehicle’s blind spot warning system to prevent an accident with a passing vehicle, pedestrian or cyclist. The doors are also convenient when opened manually, as they can be opened and closed with little force, even on a steep gradient.
The new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class also features a Level 3 driver assistance system, which will allow the driver to take his hands off the steering wheel in situations like heavy traffic or on selected motorways once the system becomes legal from the second half of 2021.
The Maybach’s optional 21-inch wheels have a design that the company says is inspired by the aforementioned champagne flutes, but we actually prefer the standard 20-inchers with a retro “monoblock” design. An illuminated Maybach logo appears on the rear pillar, setting it apart from other S-Class sedans and emphasizing its traditional, formal roofline – no four-door coupes here. Mercedes is also proud of the Maybach’s ten available two-tone paint schemes, such as the Kalahari Gold and Rubellite Red combo seen in our in-person first look video.
Pricing information are yet to be announced. Let hope it will be announced closer to the market launch.