Mercedes-Maybach GLS To Be Previewed By Concept In Beijing

As we expected, the upcoming Mercedes-Maybach concept set to premiere at the Beijing Auto Show will indeed be based on the Mercedes-Benz GLS.

Mercedes has been toying with the idea of creating an ultra-luxurious SUV from the moment it reintroduced the Maybach badge. Given the demand for the likes of the Bentley Bentagya and high-end Range Rover models, it seems as though now is the perfect time to make put such a vehicle into production.

A high level Mercedes-Benz official broke the news to Autocar regarding what’s next within the Maybach lineup, stating: “We have been quietly surprised by the sales success of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, which is proving extremely popular in many key markets. The plan now is to extend the exclusivity surrounding the Maybach name into the upper end of the SUV segment. We’re confident that this new model will leave little to be desired in terms of luxury.”

A teaser video published by the German marque a few days ago revealed that the new Maybach concept will receive a number of substantial modifications over any run-of-the-mill GLS. For example, the video revealed a plethora of components finished in luscious white leather, a selection of chrome parts, Maybach badges and some seductive blue lighting.

The Rolls-Royce Cullinan will have to watch its back

The exterior of the Mercedes-Maybach GLS will also benefit from some modifications, chief of which could be a revised front grille and bespoke wheels.

Upgrades won’t just stop on a visual front. It is speculated that the Maybach GLS will receive the latest and greatest semi-autonomous technology from Mercedes-Benz, ensuring that it doesn’t just offer an alternative to Bentleys and Range Rovers, but that it also pulls buyers away from the upcoming Rolls-Royce Cullinan.

Following the concept’s premiere later this month, the production-spec Mercedes-Maybach GLS should launch by the end of the year or in early 2019.

  • Bash

    I have never been so excited about the reveal of a new luxury SUV concept before like this one. Can’t wait to see it.

    • PK

      cause it’s mercedes benz of course. anything they make will appeal to the public and the audience.

  • Where I live I see a surprising number of Maybach S-Classes…they will sell a lot of these…

  • Nordschleife

    I know they should sell well to the 1% (if only, if only) but the Maybach brand looks to close to the regular models (styling wise) to really justify the price difference. I mean even the first Maybach looked too much like an s-class so it is what it is is. I know this will be nice though and it will be good to see what the GLS is shaping to be.

  • Elmediterraneo

    I’m expecting a lot of that concept as it will the show the directon for the Maybach brand.
    Mercedes should take Maybach brand to the Rolls-Royce level just like they’ve done with AMG against Porsche.
    How ? By creating a special interior atmosphere and design for the Maybach models with specific paint, wood and leather options. I hope the concept will bring an idea for a Maybach version of the MBUX exclusively for the rear passengers, somehting that Rolls-Royce never done. They should also increase the Maybach line-up by adding as well the next generation S-class coupe and convertible as regular models (not a limited edition S650 cabriolet).

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