The Mercedes-Maybach GLS was finally unveiled at the 2019 Auto Guangzhou. The ultra-luxurious sport utility vehicle of the double M family arrived in style with its striking design plus a powerful engine matching its looks.
The SUV was introduced in its Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 4MATIC trim, and it is expected to arrive in the US by the latter half of 2020. Here are the things to expect from it:
The Mercedes-Maybach GLS shares the same DNA with the Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV. However, the Maybach variant stands out from the standard Mercedes model with its chrome pinstripes radiator grille similar to the current Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Pullman. It also uses the classic standing three-pointed star emblem on top of the hood.
Below the grille is a chrome mesh with diagonal patterns covering the corner air intakes of the bumper. The chrome highlights extend to the roof rails, running boards, window panels, diffuser, exhaust tips, wheels and even in the underbody protection of the vehicle.
There are eight two-tone paint configurations available for the Mercedes-Maybach GLS, including the red and black combination as well as the black and white paint finish combo shown in the photos below. The exterior of the luxurious SUV is topped off by a set of chrome multi-spoke wheels measuring 22 to 23 inches.
Among the other attention-grabbing features of the Mercedes-Maybach GLS are its electronically-extending running boards. If retracted, the boards are hidden behind the side sills. There are the illuminated Maybach badges further adding to the exterior visuals of the auto too.
The true icing of owning a Mercedes-Maybach GLS can be found in its interior. The Maybach version ditches the third-row seats of the Mercedes GLS to offer extra legroom to the rear passengers. The SUV can be had in a five-seating configuration but it’s in the four-seating layout of the unit where you can get the most out of its luxurious features.
The high-end elements of the product include the folding tables, champagne flutes, dedicated fragrance system, opaque roller blind, heated massaging seats, panoramic sunroof, and refrigerator for champagne bottles. Depending on how deep you can dig into your bank account, you can still get more aside from the stuff mentioned here.
Beneath the hood of the Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 lies a 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine. The power unit provides 550 hp and 538 lb-ft of torque to the SUV. It also comes with an EQ Boost temporarily offering an extra 21 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque to the vehicle. All that power is distributed via a nine-speed automatic transmission.
The Maybach GLS can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds. Meanwhile, its top speed can reach up to 130 mph.