Maybach as a brand is dead, but Mercedes-Benz has resurrected the badge as an über luxury nameplate for its extra-long S-Class that will be revealed almost simultaneously at the Los Angeles and Guangzhou auto shows.
At 5,453 mm (214.7 in) long and with a wheelbase of 3,365 mm (132.5 in), Mercedes-Benz‘ new flagship sedan is a big car – 200mm (7.9 in) larger in both dimensions than the existing long wheelbase S-Class.
As you’d expect from a car bearing the Maybach nameplate, all that extra length benefits the rear passengers who also get unique individual seats and other exclusive details ranging from the Maybach-branded perfume AGARWOOD to silver-plated, handcrafted champagne flutes and a voice amplification function that “much easier for occupants in the front to communicate with the rear passengers”. Not that you really need the last function as Mercedes says the Maybach S-Class is the world’s quietest production saloon.
Mercedes will launch the flagship limo in February 2015 in two models, the S500 powered by a 449hp(445PS) and 700Nm 4.7-liter bi-turbo V8 that returns a respectable 8.9 lt/100 km (26.4mpg US), and the range-topping S600 with a 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 producing 523hp (530PS) and 830Nm. Both models are RWD, but in July of the same year, the S500 will get an all-wheel drive 4MATIC edition.
Ola Källenius, member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars responsible for sales commented: “As an addition to the portfolio of S-Class saloons, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class sets new standards in the luxury segment. The vehicle satisfies the very highest requirements in terms of exclusivity appointments and comfort.”