2020 Mercedes-Maybach GLS Fires A Warning Shot At Bentley Bentayga

Mercedes has started testing the Maybach version of the upcoming GLS on public roads and of course our spies were there to catch them in the act.

While it’s not exactly the production version of the Maybach Ultimate Luxury Concept that debuted at this year’s Beijing Auto Show, the Mercedes-Maybach GLS is expected to share more than a few design details with it, before entering the super-luxury SUV game against models like the Bentley Bentayga and the Rolls Royce Cullinan.

As the name suggests, the new Maybach SUV will be based on the upcoming generation of the GLS but is expected to further differentiate itself with unique exterior details and a much plusher interior that may include a model-specific dashboard design, featuring leather, wood and metal details.

On the outside, the new Mercedes-Maybach GLS is set to get a new front grille that will become a trademark of future Maybach models, unique bumpers and wheels, as well as extended chrome detailing.

As the most expensive Mercedes SUV, the Maybach GLS will most likely be offered with the AMG-developed twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine while some reports suggest the use of a plug-in hybrid powertrain that uses the very same engine in its heart. The V8 engine is currently used by almost every Mercedes model in the range.

Mercedes will focus on tuning the upcoming Maybach models to offer the smoothest ride. The carmaker is developing a more advanced version of their Magic Body Control system, using a new camera setup that will help in detecting surface changes ahead with better precision and adjust the suspension accordingly.

Earlier reports suggest that we could see the new Mercedes-Maybach GLS as soon as this month, at the Los Angeles Auto Show. If true, expect Mercedes to reveal not only the posh Maybach SUV but the lesser versions of the new GLS full-size SUV.

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  • sidewaysspin

    Just looks like any other Mercedes SUV, will be difficult to top a special car like the Bentayga because the brand is not equated with hyper-luxury.

    • дапвт

      Bentayga looks horrible. It’s a glorified, shorter Q7. I’ll take the Cullinan over all of them.

      • Galaxium

        The Cullinan starts at $325,000, which is $100,000 over Bentayga. They’re in different classes.

        • Cobrajet

          I know that the price difference between a Rolls Royce and Bentley was once just $40 for the grill and ornament, They shouldn’t be in different classes, the only difference was the personality of the customer.

          • Galaxium

            The Cullinan is significantly larger than the Bentayga.

            One is a full-size luxury SUV. The other is a mid-size luxury crossover.

            They are in different classes. Not to mention that RR is targeting a group of consumers that are seriously more wealthy than those of Bentley.

        • Bob

          Was the Porsche 918 not in the same class as the LaFerrari even though it was over $500 000 cheaper?

          • Galaxium

            The Cullinan is a full-size luxury SUV. The Bentayga is a midsize luxury crossover.

            RR targets the ultra-wealthy, a group that is far more wealthy than that of Bentley.

          • Bob

            So the full-size Merc GLS Maybach luxury SUV, which is coming out likely cheaper than the even the Bentayga, won’t be in the same class either?

          • Galaxium

            OK I am not sure what sort of argument you’re making anymore.

            The 918 vs LaFerrari comparison works because they are both hypercar roadsters/coupés with similar performance. Buyers are looking for performance.

            The Bentayga and Cullinan are NOT competitors. One is a midsize crossover SUV and the other is a full-size SUV. (You can’t deny this.)

            Yes, you can make the comparison to a future GLS Maybach edition with a Cullinan (both are full-size SUVs), but for both Mercedes and RR, they know who their consumers are and they are not the same, hence the difference in pricing. Consumers for these SUVs aren’t looking for performance. They’re looking for luxury.

            There are different tiers of luxury. You can get basic, premium/everyday luxury (a la Infiniti) to bespoke/ultra luxury (Rolls Royce).

          • Bob

            Perfection. Okay that makes sense now.

          • donald seymour

            Bob over here dropping straight facts.

    • Merc1

      Are you kidding? That ugly Bentley is nothing more than a poorly warmed over Q7. The engine is really the only thing that sets it apart.


      • donald seymour

        Thank you! That freaking Bentayga is a walking turd.

    • Elmediterraneo

      Mercedes’s ambition for Maybach is to make it a the competitor of Bentley and Rolls-Royce. Making Maybach versions of the S-class and GLS is only the first step before making full Mercedes-Maybach cars like Mercedes-AMG did with the GT family.

  • K X J I ⚪️

    Oh look another SUV no one asked for, oh wait rich people.

    • Astonman

      you know rich people are giving us Ferraris, McClarens, Lamborghini’s, Paganis, Koeniggseg and a few more for us to drool over right?

  • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

    ooooo i wouldnt wanna go that far Benz. Those Two have u beat already.

  • Christian Wimmer

    It’s about time the GLS gets refreshed. I drove one recently (GLS400 V6) for a company which sells SUVs and while it’s a nice car the cabin just looks so outdated. The exterior is also in need of a refresh.

    I tend to be partial to Mercedes, but in this case the Range Rover, especially in Autobiography trim, has the GLS beat in all areas.

    • donald seymour

      I can’t say the same. Although I absolutely love the new iteration of the GLE, I find all of Mercedes’s previous SUVs with the exception of the G-Class to look like a minivan which isn’t cool.

  • Elmediterraneo

    What about the flagship model ? Because in that luxury game against Bentley and Rolls-Royce coming only with a 470 PS V8 makes you look like a lightweight. There has a been a lot of bullshit said about the V12 on the german or british press, Some say it’s gone some say it’s staying. Whatever if it’s the good-old V12, a hybrid version of the 560’s V8 or a full electric, Mercedes-Maybach needs to have a +600 hp flagship in a full line-up with a limousine, a coupe, a cabriolet and a SUV. So if the V12 is staying I hope that we will have a Maybach S650 Coupe and S650 Cabriolet to replace the AMG S65 and keeping a V12 in the line-up. While at AMG, the 65 will of course be replaced by a 800 PS hybrid version of the 63 V8 called 73.

    • Philip George

      If it is badged as MAYBACH, it’ll be installed with V12 engine, or be full electric. That is the strategy.

      • Elmediterraneo

        But in German medias says that it will come only in a GLS 560 V8 and GLS 560e 6 cylinder hybrid. Come on are we talking about Mercedes Maybach or Lexus ??? V12 or V8 hybrid that’s the only viable flagship.

        • Philip George

          German media has it right for regular trim (Mercedes Benz) that is. Maybach is not regular trim though, it is Mercedes-MAYBACH, just like Mercedes-AMG is also different to regular trim (Mercedes Benz) cars. MAYBACH will have V12 or be full electric. That is the strategy.

          • donald seymour

            Thank you.

  • Philip George

    Won’t make sense if it looks exactly like the regular GLS on exterior. If that is the idea, they should stop the project now.

    • donald seymour

      But it’s a trim level so I’m okay with that.

      • Soulja Boy’s Headband

        Adding a bunch of different trim levels to something thats already suppose to be top of the line always confused me. GLS450, GLS550, and GLS63 is a nice line up as I thought the GLS550 you could get chauffeured in and compete with Navigator, RR Autobiography etc . GLS Maybach that looks the exact same as all the others but with a different grille is redundant

  • Kagan

    It ougth to be better than x7.

    • Soulja Boy’s Headband

      doing all of this just to compete with the x7 is stupid… whats the gls450 and 550 for?

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