Mercedes-Maybach GLS : go over the top


Imagine, you want to join a hunting party with falcons in the desert of Khor al Adaid, or a weekend of well-deserved rest in your dacha in Sochi is under 50 cm of snow, or enjoy the surrounding quiet of the Lake Leman after a hard day at your agency bank of Zürich. You were forced to constantly change your car to adapt to each situation of your life. And of course your brave driver will not be found ever. Here at last is the all in one solution.

Mercedes has been trying for years to find the best way to revive his prestigious claw Maybach, to come and tease Rolls-Royce or Bentley on their land.

First in the form of ephemeral Maybach 57 and 62 super-stretch limousines based on an ordinary Class S. Finishes and body panels specific, paint-two-tone distinctive, high quality materials and assemblies, version landaulet for parades, presidential, everything was set up for success. Unfortunately the sales were not up to the task and the calender Rolls continue to shine in all their chrome. End of the episode.

Some concepts cars a little baroque later, Maybach is back in the odor of sanctity as a high-quality finish of the Classes S, without fuss. A simple logo on the rear quarter panel identifies a Mercedes-Maybach from the outside. Everything goes to the interior, enhancing the luxury of the S.

New step with the Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 4-Matic, in its full name. The technical basis is of course the GLS, a bird very rare in our region because of its size, little adapted to the departmental auvergnates : 5,2 m long, 2 m wide and a declared weight of 2.8 tonnes (approximately).

To become a Mercedes-Maybach, the treatment is rather limited : a large chrome grille specific, recovery of the concept of Ultimate Luxury, the two-tone paintwork contrasting, logos, chrome accents and large wheels, chrome 21 or 22″. This is actually quite little, but more than enough. Thankfully, we avoided the SUV to the safety of the concept.

To propel proudly this valiant ship cheerfully decorated to new adventures, the ubiquitous AMG V8 biturbo 4-liter is back in service and even has a update to be beneficial in adopting for the first time a hybridization sweet via an electrical circuit at 48V. The engine develops here 558 bhp and 730 Nm, the system EQ Boost, adding 22 hp and 250 Nm. One can imagine that it is enough to erase the weight elephantine of the beast as the maximum speed is capped at 250 km/h and the 0 to 100 km/h is cleared in just 4.9 seconds, leaning back.

It is inside that the name of Maybach takes on all its meaning : 4 seats all-comfort, all-leather, all carpeted. Regardless of the equipment you want, the Maybach may be the take-away : footrests, massage chairs, TV screens, refrigerators that can hold 3 bottles of champagne, air suspension, air freshener-exclusive (re-pack your trees-feel-good), walking foot electric, etc., If this is not available, Mercedes will likely be a pleasure to find a solution.

The driver will not be disoriented by the dashboard, identical to that of the GLS “basic”, always composed of the system MBUX of the trademark with the star deploying to shove its two LCD panels over almost the entire width of the cabin.

The base fare of the Mercedes-Maybach GLS is not yet known but is expected to exceed blithely 200 000 €. There is no doubt that it is going to be very rare in Europe. Catch them all !

Photo credits : Mercedes-Benz



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