Headquartered in Germany, Mercedes-Benz turns heads around the world with their luxurious and seemingly untouchable sleek vehicles. These sought-after rides have long held this reputation since they began in 1928. From two-seaters and sedans to transportation vehicles for a couple or large group, Mercedes-Benz has evolved and remains at the top of its class in terms of automotive luxury.
In keeping up with the times, Mercedes-Benz recently unveiled their latest eye-popping machine that is supposed to hit the European market early 2016. The Mercedes-Maybach Pullman will create a new class of potential buyers with a hefty price tag and available features that set it apart from the rest of the pack.
The timing for Maybach Pullman is no coincidence. In fact, it debuted at the Geneva Motor Show during the celebratory year marking the 50th anniversary of the original Pullman limousine.
You may wonder why the name? Well, Pullman is a special term that began as a name of the aptly appointed railway carriages used by the American Pullman Palace Car Company. It wasn’t long before the Pullman identity was embodied by the Mercedes brand and described their long wheel based vehicles that offered generously-sized room for passengers.
Known for luxury, within the brand itself, there lies a hierarchy of classes with the S-class resting at the top. Within this top class, the S-class’ top-of-the-line vehicle is the Maybach, and the Maybach Pullman will proudly boast at the top of this category, happily taking honors as the luxury line’s most elite set of wheels.
Situated on the bones of the S-class, the platform for the Maybach Pullman stretches to 21.3 feet- nearly 4 feet longer than the brand’s S550 sedan. Its length exceeds even that of the former Maybach 62 by a foot. Built with a V-12 twin-turbo engine that boasts 523 ponies under the hood, the new Pullman is actually a gentle giant with its ability to quietly flex its muscle.
No expense was spared in the gorgeous, rich décor inside the modern limousine. Everywhere you look, beautiful leather adorns the doors, seats and consoles providing an elegant atmosphere to all passengers. Window curtains add to the privacy of all occupants and getting in and out has never been easier with the generous size of the rear doors and placement of the seats.
Complete with vis-à-vis seating, heads of state comfortably can travel with bodyguards and assistants. The rear seats offer reclining and pleasure is only increased with the recliners’ calf support and extra cushioning in the head rest. Even working on the road is upgraded when the recliners utilize the 19 degrees setting.
For a variety of privacy needs, there is a glass partition that can be electronically controlled with one touch of a button. This partition has the option of clear or opaque glass as well. Further privacy is insured with the rear seat placement deeply nestled so the occupants’ head is not within view of the rear windows, and even most of the body is hidden.
Mercedes’ Burmester sound system is standard, but can be upgraded to the Burmester High-End 3D Surround Sound System for the musically inclined. A visual display of outside temperature, time and speed can be found on the three analog circular dials near the ceiling above the partition. A nice 18.5-inch monitor is housed in the rear for the occupant’s enjoyment. This is exclusively luxurious traveling at its finest with the most leg-room for VIPs and their delegates available. No detail has been left untouched as the remarkable paint finish bestows a layered application process.
Close competitors are the Rolls-Royce Phantom, which is over a foot shorter than the Maybach Pullman. The Bentley Mulsanne is another close contender; but not many brands can dare to compare with the brand that has been the go-to for decades to dignitaries, celebrities, royal families and heads of state across the globe.
So, you may be wondering about the price tag at this point. At the moment, it is rumored to ring in at around half a million euros or $566,922. This is the sticker for the non-armored models. Those wishing for the armor upgrade can potentially expect to shell out $1 million if a “state limousine” is what you need. Other pricey upgrades include bulletproof windshield and windows, Kevlar body and reinforced tires.
Scheduled to be released to buyers in the European market in early 2016 and expected to hit American buying soil a few years later, this grandiose top-of-its-class Mercedes Maybach Pullman could possibly be the most coveted private transportation source on the road. Whether you seek privacy from the public or paparazzi, the exquisite amenities lavished interior and exterior of this premiere limousine are hard to beat.
If you find yourself in the market for this outstanding automobile, be sure to contact the key account managers or sales advisors in the European sector as they will be more than happy to assist you in customizing the Pullman to your exact specifications.
(Photo Sources: Car & Driver, Autoblog)
Matthew Young is a freelance automotive journalist and blogger hailing from Boston. He is passionate about everything on 4 wheels and new, emerging tech in the industry. When Matthew is not busy writing about cars or awesome new technology, he usually spends time fiddling with his camera and learning a thing or two about photography. You can reach Matthew @mattbeardyoung.