Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury Concept Looms Large At Chinese Expo

We’ve seen the teasers. We’ve seen the leaked photos. Now Daimler has officially lifted the veil off its latest concept.

Debuting at the Beijing Auto Show this week, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury concept showcases a new ultra-high-end crossover from the German automaker. And it could very well stand to preview the next-generation production GLS.

The Vision Ultimate Luxury sits high like an SUV. But instead of a wagon body-style t adopts a three-box form. So it has a conventional trunk like a sedan, not the liftgate that you’d find most SUVs. Sorta like a Suzuki X90, only bigger. Much bigger: At 5260 millimeters (207 inches) long, 2110 mm (83”) wide, and 1764 mm (69”) tall, the concept is massive. Longer and wider than the current GLS, but sitting shorter to the road.

Big On Luxury

Onto that shape, Mercedes has applied signature Maybach design elements. The narrow headlights flank a finely slatted grille. Like the one we first saw on the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 coupe concept (and recently applied to the Maybach S-Class). The 24-inch wheels look suitably oversized. The bodywork is done up in several coats of red metallic for a deeply lustrous finish. And it’s trimmed with more chrome than a motorcycle rally.

Inside it looks as luxurious as you’d expect, in an entirely modern way, with eye-catching trim that could only be found in a concept. The cabin is done up all in white and rose gold, with ebony wood trim and twin freestanding 12.3-inch displays. A low dashboard lends a feeling of openness, aided by the enormous glass panels in the roof. Despite its large form, Mercedes has only fitted four seats. But those free-floating thrones look more opulent than anything this side of a private jet. Which is only fitting, because the crossover is designed – as per Chinese tastes – to be driven by chauffeur, not by its owner.

750 Electric Horses

Rather than fitting the big V8 or V12 engines available in the Maybach S-Class, the concept is driven by a quartet of electric motors (like the Vision 6). Together they produce a massive 750 horsepower (550 kW). The 80 kWh battery under the floor gives it a range of over 200 miles. (That’s by US standards, or 500 kilometers on the new European cycle.) No word on acceleration, but it’s said to be capable of reaching an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). And with a 350 kW charging capacity, it can charge up for a 100-kilometer (62-mile) trip in just five minutes. It even incorporates wireless inductive charging for added convenience. Because who wants to have to actually plug in their plug-in, or even have their driver do it for them?

“The Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury is a totally new archetype of a kind never seen before,” said Daimler’s chief designer Gorden Wagener. “Our concept combines the DNA of an SUV with that of a saloon to produce an ultra-modern SUV of three-box design. With sensuality and pure sophistication, we have created a timeless vehicle that underscores the position of Mercedes-Maybach as the ultimate luxury brand.”

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  • salamOOn
    • Christian

      You know that meme/Gif is a symbol for black oppression?

      • Jay

        Originally. but now it’s for something much better.

        • Christian

          delete please! Its racist…. Or i’ll report you to the Young Turks Twitter!

          • Jay

            It’s a drawing I don’t see anything wrong.

          • Christian

            Well, I gave you a chance but you choose to show your white privilege side to me. I don¨t deal with fascism ..

          • Jay

            I’m black though. Oh and I didn’t post the image either.

          • Christian

            You an’t a true black person then! Do you support #BLM! Nope, I don’t think so…

          • LWOAP

            Stop trolling.

          • Christian

            okay. 🙁 BUT IT SOOOO FUUUUUUNNNNNNNNn. 🙂

  • Carenthusiast

    Can you imagine BMW copying this concept just like Merc did from X6/X4? That will be hilarious!

  • Mynameis Taylor

    I like it. I don’t see why people think it’s so ugly. I really like that it’s a 3 box design, and not just your typical large SUV. I like that it is not the trendy “4 door coupe SUV”. It’s a large and sedan like with that commanding driving position of an SUV……….it’s different. I like it 🙂

    • Ary Wisesa

      And I like your comment. To be different is good. I’m not into the rear design of the concept, but I respect your opinion. Perhaps, it’s me who is not quiet used to see a high riding “Sedan-SUV”. Years of seeing “Wagon-SUV” in my entire life, makes me find it difficult to accept a SUV with sedan trunk. But I see your point, being different is good.

      Btw, about three-box SUV design, the closest thing to this style that I can remember is none other than the magnificent Lamborghini LM002. 🙂

    • Richard Taylor

      Completely agree with you. I can definitely understand the controversy around its styling but I think it’s very fresh, distinctive, and really very handsome too. It’s a world away from the derivative and vulgar nonsense of the original Maybach reboot, whilst being infinitely more attractive than anything by Bentley.

  • ZYGIUS

    Made for china, to look made in china….

  • bxniels0
  • It’s a Lincoln?

  • LWOAP

    I generally like Mercedes-Maybach concepts but this is not one of them.

  • Ruel Lewis

    Just throw the whole design team away….😐

    • Marty

      Maybe that is what they did prior to this.

  • My eyes…I cannot unsee this…the nightmares…rappers from LA will be lining up for this…

    • ace_9

      It is actually not possible to make an expensive ultra-luxury car that would not be popular with rappers. They are not after any particular design. It’s simply the representation of money for them. They use S-class, G-class, rolls-royce, bentley, porsche cayenne, audi q8… anything that is known to be really expensive.

  • Bash

    Few days ago i made a comment somewhere about an (SUV sedan) and how its a virgin territory that no one explored in the last 2 decades. I cant believe that this is already happening now.

    • ace_9

      Maybe they simply stole your idea 😀 Btw. most of the cars I was drawing as a kid, looked like a rounded off-road half-sedan half-coupes. But I actually drew big chunky tires and long springs with dampers between tire and body, so to really see my child dream car become reality I need to wait for “The Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury 4×4^2” 😀 Then it would be perfect.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I tell you what, it’s not bad.

  • Bob White

    I like this a lot. I’m so tired of seeing two box SUVs that all look the same and have really poor rear visibility. Split rear window is awesome.

  • Karl

    Good God! What the heck is this monstrosity? My eyeeeeess!

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    Now that my eyes have adjusted and my brain has made sense of it, I must say, I LIKE IT A LOT!!! It invokes the sedans from the early 1900’s with today’s design and technology.

  • S3XY

    Lol it’s a Donk

  • DR.FUNK

    Wow…just…historically ugly.

  • DR.FUNK

    Hopefully they bring that vision 6 coupe boat tail out in short order.

  • I WOULD THINK THE BRAND WOULD GO FOR SOMETHING WITH GRACE AND ELEGANCE. THIS HAS NEITHER. LOOKS LIKE A KID DESIGNED IT.

  • Ceneon

    Very nice. But I don’t think why there are huge side holes on front and back. For design, for antiradars (or laser interceptors) or are they real vents? Front vents can be real, but rear vents on S 65 were fake, but smaller.

    These rose gold seats are gorgeous.

    I notice that there are not side mirror’s or even cameras on these places.

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