Mercedes-Maybach GLS Spied Virtually Undisguised Ahead Of Its Debut This Fall

The Mercedes GLS is large and luxurious, but it’s about to get more exclusive as the company is putting the finishing touches on a Maybach variant.

Designed to compete with the Bentley Bentayga and Royce-Rolls Cullinan, the range-topping model has been spied virtually undisguised ahead of its debut this fall.

Like the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, the ultra-luxury GLS is distinguished by a unique grille with vertical bars. Additional changes are limited, but the model has been equipped with massive wheels that are wrapped in Continental PremiumContact 6 tires.

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The rear end has also been modified as it features a unique fascia and bumper. The changes will likely go unnoticed by most people, but the updates mean the reflectors are now mounted higher up than on the mainstream GLS. Lastly, there are new exhaust tips with horizontal chrome accents.

While the exterior styling changes are minor, designers will focus their efforts on improving the cabin. Nothing is official, but it’s believed the model will have power adjustable second-row executive seats which are separated by a center console. We can also expect premium leather upholstery, additional wood trim and Maybach-branded pillows. Other highlights should include additional sound deadening material, power rear window blinds and an Air Balance system which wafts Maybach Agarwood perfume into the cabin.

Besides the Maybach-specific features, the model should come with virtually all of the options and standard equipment from the mainstream GLS. As a result, we can expect a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 12.3-inch infotainment system and 7-inch MBUX tablets in the rear passenger compartment. Buyers should also find an ambient lighting system, heated / cooled cup holders and a Burmester premium audio system. There should also be heated, ventilated and massaging seats as well as a four- or five-zone climate control system.

Power will likely be provided by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine that produces 483 hp (360 kW / 490 PS) and 516 lb-ft (699 Nm) of torque. It should be backed up by an EQ Boost starter generator which can contribute an additional 21 hp (16 kW / 21 PS) and 184 lb-ft (249 Nm) of torque for short bursts of performance.

In the GLS 580, the powertrain enables the model to accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in approximately 5.2 seconds. Given enough room, the GLS will eventually hit a limited top speed of 130 mph (209 km/h).

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  • badcyclist

    The front says Jaguar, the sides say Volvo, and the back says no, it’s a Toyota.

    • Belthronding

      ..and mercedes assumes it’s a maybach!

  • Zandit75

    Wow, a Maybach black pack edition!! Never thought I would see the day!!

  • Suge19

    the back looks cheap

  • Nathan

    I reckon the black will be changed to chrome in launch edition. Is is just me or is there a square on the grill pretending there is the Mercedes star, though there will be an upright star on the bonnet instead?

    • Elpatore

      nope, its the plastic piece covering the radar.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Watch out Bentayga

    • Elpatore



    cold also be a Jeep Grand Wagoneer

  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    Horrible looking contraption.


      you’re here as well snowflake? Don’t tell me you’re too poor to afford a benz

  • SteersUright

    Looks about as generic a design as could possibly be, yet fits right inline with the bland, amoeba/bean design MB has pushed forth in the last 5-7 years. Could literally stick any brand’s emblem in the front. Shame on you MB.

  • Six_Tymes

    that looks like a loaded DODGE Durango, except for the grille

    • europeon

      I fail to see *any* resemblance except they both have four wheels.

    • exeptor

      It actually does.


    Sad… Mercedes made trim level from Maybach…
    It’s like stick Bentley’s badge on Touareg and call it Bentayga…

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  • charlotteharry57

    Yep, I can see half the housewives in my part of town already begging to trade the GLS for one of these. Happy wife…

  • jason wu

    It looks like a Buick. Ok. next news.

  • Enter Ranting

    Almost a vulgar as the failed Maybach sedans. But the Mario mustache is fun!

  • smartalec
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