Super-luxury SUV makes debut at Guangzhou with mild-hybrid V8 power
21 November 2019

Mercedes-Benz has extended its Maybach line-up with the unveiling of a plush new 550bhp flagship version of the third-generation GLS at the 2019 Guangzhou motor show in China.

Lining up alongside the S-Class-based Maybach saloon, the top-flight SUV is planned for UK delivery in 2020 as a rival to the likes of the Bentley Bentayga and Range Rover, featuring a series of unique styling cues, a mild-hybrid drivetrain and an upgraded interior.

The new model invokes many of the styling elements seen on the S-Class Maybach to help distinguish it from the standard third-generation GLS.

Included is a distinctive chrome grille featuring vertical louvres, chrome highlights within the side window surrounds and along the sills, standard 22in (and optional 23in) wheels, an optional two-tone exterior paint scheme in eight different colour combinations, electrically extending running boards and chromed tail-pipes with a signature cross-rib.

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Speaking about the new model, Mercedes-Benz’s head of product management, Martin Hülder, said: “SUV vehicles have a major advantage for the luxury segment: the high seating position. In combination with the running boards, this makes access and egress easy and convenient."

Inside, the 5202mm-long Mercedes-Maybach GLS sports an upgraded interior with nappa leather upholstery and unique trim elements. Among the long list of options for UK customers are reclining rear seats with a massage function and a fixed centre console with folding tables and a refrigerator in a four-seat layout that can be further enhanced with a panoramic sunroof. Boot capacity below the cargo blind at the rear is 520 litres. Reflecting its upper luxury positioning, the latest Maybach model also receives a long list of standard driving aids.

Mercedes-Benz’s most luxurious SUV will be offered from the outset of sales with just one drivetrain in the GLS 600 4Matic. The mild-hybrid unit combines a turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine with a 48V integrated starter motor to provide an overall output of 550bhp at 6000rpm and 538lb ft of torque from 2500-5000rpm. The electrically boosted reserves are channelled through a nine-speed torque-converter automatic gearbox and 4Matic all-wheel drive.

Mercedes-Benz claims a 0-62mph time for the 2710kg Maybach GLS 600 4Matic of 4.9sec. Top speed is limited to 155mph. Combined fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are put at 24.1mpg and 266g/km respectively on the WLTP cycle.

Underpinning the new top-of-the-line GLS model is a specially tuned version of Mercedes-Benz’s E-Active Body control suspension. Also included is a curve inclination function that allows the big new SUV to lean into corners to reduce the lateral forces acting on the occupants.

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21 November 2019

that the Bentely Bentayga was ugly.   Well, it just got beautiful by comparison!

 

Acutally like the Bentayga for what it is, an unmistakable Bentley in SUV form.   This Mercedes Maybach looks like the Chinese knock-off of a Chinese knock-off!   Of all the marques this is the worst.   I'm actually astounded that anybody signed off on this.

22 November 2019

A big 4WD with a bit of bling.  Not a contrived cartoonish pastiche of luxury car cues on a high riding wagon paltform.  

21 November 2019

Vulgarity writ huge.

21 November 2019

Grotesque.

21 November 2019

Did Bentley pay Mercedes to do this? As for that duo tone paint... It works on a Range Rover, but not on this. I think its because the waistline is not distinctive enough. The GLS is awesome, so I thought this would be too. Then again, I have a feeling the tasteless markets of China and the Middle East will eat these like chips.

21 November 2019
JMax18 wrote:

Did Bentley pay Mercedes to do this? As for that duo tone paint... It works on a Range Rover, but not on this. I think its because the waistline is not distinctive enough. The GLS is awesome, so I thought this would be too. Then again, I have a feeling the tasteless markets of China and the Middle East will eat these like chips.

Not your taste means tasteless? They just have different taste. I think car looks fine apart from BMW size grill.

22 November 2019
NoPasaran wrote:

JMax18 wrote:

Did Bentley pay Mercedes to do this? As for that duo tone paint... It works on a Range Rover, but not on this. I think its because the waistline is not distinctive enough. The GLS is awesome, so I thought this would be too. Then again, I have a feeling the tasteless markets of China and the Middle East will eat these like chips.

Not your taste means tasteless? They just have different taste. I think car looks fine apart from BMW size grill.

It's a very English trait.  If soemebody doesn't like something, it must be "tasteless" or "vulgar", as if the commentator has 'better' taste than others.

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21 November 2019

...spot on.....BMW and M-B taking Vulgarity to new heights all in the name of the Chinese market.

I despair.

21 November 2019

The standard GLS being one of the ugliest Mercedes, being basically a box with sharp corners sanded down (Gordon Wagener has a phobia of sharp edges, even the rectangular centre console air vents are rounded off), it comes as no surprise that the Maybach version looks even worse, mostly because the extra chrome trim are so obviously added-on rather than designed-in and integrated into the overall form from the beginning.

21 November 2019

The Bentley version came out ... people laughed

The Rolls Royce version came out .. people laughed

The Aston Martin version came out ... people said "actually that is not too bad"

The Mercedes Maybach version came out ... people laughed.

 

I'm glad normal service has been resumed :)

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