This ultraluxurious Maybach is powered by an electrified version of the AMG 558-hp 4.0-liter V-8, teamed with a nine-speed automatic transmission
Mercedes has unveiled the Mercedes-Maybach GLS600 at the Guangzhou auto show in China. Maybach is now the badge Mercedes gives to its largest and most expensive models. As such, the Maybach GLS shares its core structure and dimensions with the regular version of the GLS, and also the far more visually modest AMG 63 that Mercedes has also just unveiled.
Out side, The decorative details on Maybach GLS stand out and are luxurious. The Maybach GLS gets both a vertically slatted radiator grille and lower intakes covered in chrome mesh. A chrome-plated bumper guard that demonstrates the vehicle’s remarkable subtle SUV characteristics. Maybach badge on the last, shiny column. At the rear, a series of metal details also make the GLS more prominent. 22-inch cast aluminum wheels will be standard, with forged alloy 23-inchers optional.
Maybach GLS can be bought painted one color. In addition, Mercedes will also provide the option of two-tone finishing of the factory. Options included blue/ silver, white/ black, black/ gold and green/ silver. The power operated running boards, which are similar to the ones we love on the top-spec Ram pickups. When not in use they will stay in the pedestal, but will automatically put the engine into position when the door is opened. Each running board is 81.1 inches long. Standard air suspension will also lower the GLS’s body by an inch to improve access.
Similar to the cabin of the current GLS, however Maybach has added decorative details. A nappa-leather-lined dashboard and wood trim with a pinstripe effect. Visible tech includes multiple touchscreens and details like 64 color LED lighting. Instead of three rows like the pure version of Mercedes, Maybach has only two. Standard is three seats, with optional reclining seats. The rear seats are set 4.7 inches farther back than in the normal GLS, with legroom of up to 43.2 inches, or 52.8 inches with the front passenger seat motored forward in chauffeur position. The rear seats can also be reclined by up to 43.5 degrees and feature lower leg supports. Like the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, the Maybach GLS has a fixed partition between the passenger compartment and the trunk to improve refinement. There is still claimed to be 18.5 cubic feet of stowage back there.
Although equipped with luxurious decorative details, the engine of this car is disappointing for many people. The GLS will use a gently electrified version of the AMG M177 4.0-liter V-8, which produces peaks of 558 horsepower and 538 lb-ft through good old internal combustion. An integrated 48-volt starter-generator can add assistance to this, up to 22 horsepower and 184 lb-ft for brief periods. Mercedes claims the 6140-pound Maybach SUV will be able to dispatch the zero-to-62-mph dash in 4.9 seconds and go on to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. It will also feature selective cylinder deactivation, running on just four cylinder under light loads between 800 and 3200 rpm to boost economy. The 600 will use Merc’s 9G nine-speed automatic transmission.
The Maybach will use its 48-volt system to power an active anti-roll system which uses an electrically driven pump to counteract body roll. With a Curve mode that will lean the car into bends by up to three degrees, the opposite direction from the lean angle normally created by lateral acceleration. A roadside scanning camera is equipped, with a pre-reading function to detect collisions and compression, and pre-adjust the suspension to get ready for imperfections. The possibility of GLS and GLE air trying to self-shake if stuck on the road. It also lowers and raises the suspension several times in a row. On the move, Maybach mode is designed to maximize driving comfort for rear seat passengers. There are also normal sports and comfort modes.
The Chinese market may be the place for Maybach GLS600 to unleash its strongest appeal. The use of a relatively small engine will also benefit the car under Chinese taxation rules. In addition, this car will also be sold to a few other markets. So we will bring you more details about U.S. plans and pricing as soon as we have them.