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9 October 2019

Mercedes-Benz will expand its flagship Maybach division with an ultra-luxury version of the new GLS SUV, and it has now been seen with virtually no disguise.  

Conceived as an upmarket rival to the Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic, as well as pricier rivals such as the Bentley Bentayga and Rolls-Royce Cullinan, the new model will be revealed in November. Although unconfirmed, the signs are pointing to a public debut at the Los Angeles motor show

Sources at the Frankfurt motor show told Autocar that the the Mercedes-Maybach GLS will launch at a price of around £150,000. It has been developed to offer performance, accommodation and features commensurate with the existing Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, according to senior officials. They cite China, North America and Russia among the new model’s key target markets.

As the new spy shots show, the Mercedes-Maybach GLS will receive its own unique styling elements, many of which will be drawn directly from the Mercedes-Maybach 6 coupé concept revealed at Pebble Beach in 2016 as a preview to the future of the Maybach sub-brand.

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Despite retaining the same aluminium, high-strength steel and composite body panels as future standard GLS models, the new upmarket SUV is expected to sport a different grille and unique headlight and tail-light graphics, as well as added chrome and individual wheel designs in a move aimed at providing it with a more premium appearance in line with the current Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.

Secrecy surrounds the layout of the new GLS, although there are suggestions it could also have an extended wheelbase in an attempt to provide it with the sort of rear leg room offered by the luxury SUV competition. The current 5130mm-long GLS has a 3080mm wheelbase – some 40mm shorter than that used by the 5199mm-long Range Rover SVAutobiography LWB but 80mm longer than that of the 5140mm-long Bentayga.

Inside, the second of the new generation of Maybach models is planned to gain a luxuriously equipped interior with appointments and materials beyond those of Mercedes' existing Designo line. Among the more unique touches will be Maybach-themed digital instrument infotainment system graphics, says an insider closely involved in the new model’s development.

Although the standard GLS is planned to offer seating for up to seven on three rows of seats, the new Maybach model is set to offer two rows of seats with dedicated seating for four, or, as an option, five.  

Among the engines likely to be offered by the future range-topping GLS model is Mercedes' twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol mated to a standard nine-speed automatic gearbox, with both 4Matic four-wheel drive and Air Body Control air suspension due to be standard. Insiders also hint at plans for a twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre V12 flagship, although this has yet to be officially acknowledged. Also under development for the new GLS are petrol-electric and diesel-electric hybrid drivetrains.

Mercedes' plan to extend the Maybach line-up to include a GLS-based model comes after strong sales of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, which relaunched Maybach as a premium sub-brand in 2014.

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20 January 2017
It seems a stupid name is a prerequisite to compete in the class.

17 September 2019

Hope this new Maybach is crass,  vulgar, and glitzy and truely end of the pier naff inside ,then it will be standing on the Mercedes forcourts a year after its launch for £2-50 exacftly what its worth new. Mercedes whoops Maybach cannot do proper class even if it bit them on their backsides. Good Old Mercedes once agreat car maker now  a PCP driven car company 

9 October 2019

I go back to my previous comment .This is just a awfully  grosse and very un classy looking SUV  . Range Rover do class Mercedes whoops   sorry Maybach do naff bet the inside looks like a gaming  machine only more naff. BUT as I said before  an absolute bargain a year after its bought bets its about 60 % drop in value

20 January 2017
@k12479 I agree, with Cullinan being the worst offender, I hope that's not the final name Rolls chooses.

Also hope Bentley change their mind on the Barnato name of their next sports car.

20 January 2017
This SUV will be awful, so will the X7. The only one I like is the Q8 concept - let's hope Audi preserves it for the production model.

20 January 2017
the smart money would be best to steer well clear ,neither the class or desirability in that price range will depreciate like a bottomless bucket trying to carry water.

20 January 2017
I thought it was a hearse until I read the headline.

20 January 2017
Aimed at North America, Russia, China. Need I say more. I imagine most of the target market are the sort of people who had to buy their own houses and furniture......

21 January 2017
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Aimed at North America, Russia, China. Need I say more. I imagine most of the target market are the sort of people who had to buy their own houses and furniture......

I bought my own house...and most of the furniture...but I wouldn't drive any of the vile jeeps mentioned above if they gave me the hundred and fifty grand.

9 October 2019

@bowsersheepdog This totally pointless image is 3.4mb and slows the site down for everyone. You've had it on your signature for years. Totally selfish behavior. I've asked you this before, please remove it. 

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