Mercedes-Maybach SUV Confirmed, Electrification Is On The Table

Mercedes-Benz may have a wide range of SUVs sitting at their disposal, by a Maybach model would top them all.

Speculated over the years on several occasions, a Maybach SUV was confirmed by the head of Mercedes-Benz, Dieter Zetsche, during the 2017 Detroit Auto Show: “I’d like to say you will be seeing it, but I’ll leave it at that,” he told AutoExpress.

Zetsche declined to provide any specific information  on the Mercedes-Maybach SUV, but given the current market for such vehicles, it should compete against the likes of the Bentley Bentayga, Rolls-Royce Cullinan and perhaps to some extent, the Lamborghini Urus too, featuring top of the end materials and technology items.

Moreover, besides the usual internal combustion engines that are believed to be part of the lineup, the SUV could also go down the electrification road, as it was hinted by Jens Thiemer, the Mercedes VP for Marketing.

We will, I call it, begin ‘EQ-ing‘ our cars. We will also see electric cars from Mercedes-AMG and Mercedes-Maybach, so that’s what we are thinking. Electrification will, of course, hit every car, and we have to be prepared. There will come a point in time where the complete portfolio will become electrified – whether it’s plug-in hybrid or pure electric engines“, Thiemer said.

There’s no official date for when the Mercedes-Maybach SUV will roll out, but it could be presented at the turn of the decade, with ‘greener’ versions following later on.

* Note: Maybach coupe concept pictured

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  • Kash

    If they do the same thing they did with the S-class then no this won’t be competing with the Bentayga and Cullinan and RR LWB Autobiography’s, this will be the the Top spec X7 SUV range, the Grand Wagonner (if they ever build it), and maybe the higher, but not tippy top spec RR’s.

    That’s assuming they use the GLS as a base, now if they use the new G-wagon, MAYBE it can play with the Bentayga and RR who can both actually go off road and are proud of it. Personally I’d go with the G-wagon for that reason, make a LWB version of it or at least push the rear seats back a couple inches, ditch the bench for the same seats in the S600. The G-wagon is also instantly recognizable in traffic. I’ve never lost my G-wagon in a parking lot even in the one where it was surrounded by other white cars, the G-wagon has this air about it, probably because it starts at $122k in America, but it has this presence, everyone knows you have money when you drive one, there’s no question about it, and everyone who doesn’t know what it is, asks “What is that?” but they already know that it wasn’t cheap even without knowing exactly what it is, and the GLS doesn’t have that, the GLS is another conforming schoolbus on the market of bland and blah, unless you get a bright red GLS63 with the loudest exhaust package possible.