Plush new S-Class-based limousine makes Geneva motor show debut, with deliveries planned for early 2016
5 March 2015

The new Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman has been revealed, 50 years after the original S-Class-based stretch limousine first entered the German car maker’s line-up.

Making its premiere at the Geneva motor show prior to the start of deliveries in early 2016, the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class Pullman is the second model in Mercedes-Benz’s new Maybach sub-brand, which insiders suggest will be expanded further with the addition of other new high-end models in the not too distant future.  

As with the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class unveiled at the Detroit motor show earlier this year, the S600 Pullman comes with the choice of either a twin-turbocharged 4.6-litre V8 engine or a twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre V12.

The former provides the Mercedes-Maybach S500 Pullman with 449bhp and 516lb ft, while the latter delivers 522bhp and a stout 612lb ft. At 6499mm in length, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class Pullman is a generous 1046mm longer than the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.

This has been made possible by a 1053mm lengthening of the wheelbase, which grows from an already generous 3365mm to a whopping 4418mm, in the process acquiring an additional side widow and providing the opulent German limousine with unparalleled levels of rear-seat leg room.

The new fifth-generation Pullman, conceived as an indirect replacement for the discontinued Maybach 62, offers a series of rear seating layouts, including a four seat vis-à-vis arrangement behind an electrically operated partition.

Alternatively, customers can choose a two-seat rear arrangement. Mercedes-Benz is yet to reveal pricing for the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class Pullman but suggests the S500 variant will start at around “half a million euros” (£373,000) when sales get under way.

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17 September 2013

The Maybach was a streched S-class. So is this a Maybach with a different badge?

Buy a Bentley Mulsanne. The car is hand-built, unlike a stretched S class.

17 September 2013

Who needs a behemoth like this?,is it an Ego thing?

Peter Cavellini.

17 September 2013

@pychris, Bentley and Rolls, aren't really hand made any more. They make something like 2000 Bentleys a year. With the bodyshells stamped out, in das hinterland.

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17 September 2013

Maybach had 2 major issues, both related to the way it looked. Firstly, it looked like a Mercedes inside and out (not suprising when the car was originally going to be a Mercedes, with Maybach the model name) and secondly, although it resembled a Mercedes, it was hit with the ugly stick too. It just didn't look special or exquisite enough, even though the quality (including the interior) was stunning and rivalled a Phantom (and I've been in both). I'm sure if those 2 issues didn't exist, Maybach would have done ok.

What is questionable is whether Daimler now thinks the Mercedes badge can extend in to the super-luxury market and rival a Rolls Phantom or Bentley Mulsanne. If Daimler felt that it couldn't 10 years ago, what's different now?

17 September 2013

Whilst BMW own Rolls Royce and VW own Bentley, neither company makes a £20k family hatchback using the same name as the £200k+ Uber saloon. There may be some who will pay an extra £100k or so for a long wheelbase Merc, probably Robert Mugabe and similar individuals with dubious morals.

VW have SEAT & Skoda, BMW have MINI for the bottom end of the market, but not the same brand.

17 September 2013

People were prepared to buy the mighty 600 from 63 to 81, whilst Mercedes build cheaper cars, trucks, vans and buses, so I don't see why they won't today.

17 September 2013

I'm not really sure why a stretched S-Class needs to be lapped round the Nurburgring. Surely MB has access to test venues which are more representative of this car's likely environs.

18 September 2013

They are going to have to get the details right, like having the same wheels all round, ho ho. Seriously, i think those commenting on the lack of "specialness" have got it right. Nothing looks like a Rolls and, frankly, nothing looked like a Mercedes 600, it had way more presence than the 300. Those who want "discreet" might well go for it, those who want to flaunt it won't.

18 September 2013

"The company will revive the historic Pullman nameplate for the new model."

Are they really going to do this, seeing 'Pullman' is a brand name for a chain of hotels? I suppose it's better than 'HolidayInn'.

15 January 2015
...paint it pink and use it for hen-nights in Cheshire? Seriously, the fatal flaw with all these "stretch" limos is the undignified scramble involved in getting in and out (unless it has a third pair of doors, which is unclear under the disguise). Proper coachbuilt limousines were/are sufficiently tall to avoid this problem altogether. On another topic, thanks to Jim Holder for acknowledging the website problems. I hope the fix, when it comes, will include restoring the "track" function for posts.

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