The Mercedes-Maybach GLS ultra-luxury sport utility vehicle was caught testing again. Not one, but two prototypes of the auto were seen cruising down the German roads and basing on the level of their camouflaged wraps, it won’t be long until the official unveiling of the Maybach GLS range.
Hints of the Mercedes-Maybach GLS’ development traces back to 2014. It was hinted through interviews of Daimler’s execs, the company’s patent filing in 2017 for a GLS 73, the arrival of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury, and a series of spy shots showing a GLS SUV with higher-end trim. The GLS, being Mercedes’ top of the line SUV, it’s a no-brainer too that it’s bound to get a Maybach treatment like the S-Class.
The new spy video taken by walkoART shows two more opulent versions of the GLS. One came with the usual zebra camouflage found in Mercedes prototypes covering almost half of its body, but the other was surprisingly bare with only the exemption of its blacked-out wraps in front that hide the unit’s true grille design and logo.
The prototypes lacked the badges of Maybach that are usually found on the greenhouse of its vehicles. However, a glimpse inside the SUVs indicates that each is equipped with a massive digital screen and climate control vents. Although not visible, we expect that they are carrying upscale elements derived from the Maybach Ultimate Luxury concept and the current Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.
The Maybach GLS will likely be fitted with a 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine with at least 460 or 480 hp. A V12 power unit is also possible with at least 500 hp.
The possible venue for the unveiling of the Maybach GLS is in China next month due to the strong sales of Maybach units in the area. Another candidate is the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show coming next month.