Mercedes To Launch Ultra-Luxurious Maybach GLS SUV This Year

Mercedes is planning to reveal the ultra-luxury Maybach-branded GLS within the year, aiming to steal customers away from models like the Bentley Bentayga and Rolls Royce Cullinan.

According to Autocar, the new Mercedes-Maybach GLS will be priced at around £150,000 ($184k in current exchange rates) in the UK, offering similar luxury and comfort levels with the Maybach S-Class.

Key markets include China, North America and Russia for the upcoming Maybach GLS, which will feature unique styling details compared to the standard GLS, including a different grille, new headlight and taillight signatures and, of course, plenty of chrome.

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Mercedes insiders remain mum when it comes to details, but it’s believed that the final production model will get an extended wheelbase compared to the GLS and a range of different interior layouts to better suit the needs of its eclectic customers.

The cabin will be dressed with expensive materials that range beyond those offered in regular Mercedes models, including a more exclusive selection of leather hides and Maybach-specific trim options. Even the graphics of the infotainment system will be unique to the Maybach version.

As for the engines, the upcoming luxury SUV will most likely use the company’s twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 in conjunction with the nine-speed automatic transmission and Air Body Control air suspension. Although the company is still not revealing anything, expect to see a proper range-topping version powered by a twin-turbo 6.0-liter V12, which sounds like a logical step given the audience of the new model.

Mercedes previewed the Maybach GLS with the Ultimate Luxury Concept back in 2018, a strict four-seater luxurious mix of an SUV with a sedan. Our spy shots, however, showed that the production version will retain its traditional SUV silhouette, although when you’re dealing with rich Chinese customers, you can never be sure.

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  • Ary Wisesa

    With those “silly” headlights, I found it very difficult to consider it as a proper competitor of the Bentayga, let alone the Cullinan. The story perhaps could be a little different if they make the Ultimate Luxury Concept into production, presumably with more regular hatchback rear-end (instead of that saloon-esque trunk). Mercedes-Maybach is doing very well in its own class, with almost no direct competitors. But I think if it wants to be considered as the real competitor of both Bentley & Rolls-Royce, it needs to reinvent itself into much more luxurious brand. Sharing almost exactly the same body with S-Class and GLS-Class won’t help, since it’s proven during the first re-launch of Maybach brand , Maybach 57 and 62 failed to lure ultra wealthy clientele from RR/Bentley due to its close reminiscent to “regular” S-Class.

    • Merc1

      Clueless post.

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    • slither16

      It doesn’t need a different body. Maybach failed because it’s buyers still wanted a 3 pointed star on the front.

      • Bash

        That is precisely what it is wrong with Maybach. Personally if they just called the ultra luxurious version of the S class (say something like S1000) like how they used to do in the 80’s/early nineties, I bet it would been better for them I guess.

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