Mercedes-Maybach has a new model to show off for the 2021 model year: an ultra-exclusive version of their range-topping GLS. The new model variant comes hot on the heels of the new Aston Martin DBX—that company’s first SUV—and into an ultra-luxury SUV market well populated by models from the most exclusive automakers in the world.
The reveal came in China, where the Maybach name strikes just the right note of Western European tradition and aristocratic indulgence. Daimler AG sells thousands of Maybach marque models in the country every year, which makes it a natural that the Maybach GLS would be introduced there.
The variant’s exterior is extraordinarily refined. Maybach badging, 22” wheels, chrome embellishments, and a variant-specific grille set it apart on the road. The engine is the AMG 4L V8 biturbo, in this case in a hybrid configuration tuned to produce up to 550 horsepower, with EQ Boost adding another 21 when engaged.
Standard features include E-ACTIVE suspension, 4MATIC system, 12.3” instrument cluster and infotainment touchscreens, MBUX with voice control, head-up display, massaging multicontour seats, 64-color ambient lighting, LED Intelligent Light System, a panoramic roof, and a host of additional creature comforts features including cabin fragrance. Driver assist features are enormously complex, with evasive steering, blind spot, brake assist with cross-traffic function, and steering assist among them.
Mercedes-Benz indicates that the Maybach GLS will be available starting in the last quarter of next year. Pricing information hasn’t yet been revealed, but a base sticker in the low $200Ks is a solid educated guess.