Mercedes-Maybach GLS spotted completely undisguised
612hp V8 petrol
Price and release date
from £150,000 on sale next year
The light disguise afforded to this Mercedes-Maybach GLS shows you exactly what will change next to a standard version of Merc’s so-called ‘S-Class of SUVs’ – it’ll get a prominent chrome grille, complete with Maybach bonnet ornament, a new lower bumper and unique alloy wheels. Side skirts will make the car look more imposing, but there’s no sign of the Maybach motifs on the C pillars at the back of the car that you get on the S-Class saloon. What you do get, however, are a pair of exhaust pipes that could double as the funnels on a cruise liner. Could those horizontal bars allude to them being fake? You’ll have to wait and see the finished car to know.
What these photos don’t show is the place where you can expect to see the most changes – the interior. It will be weighed down with real leather, solid metal fixtures and fittings and vast swathes of expensive wood (or whatever else you fancy) trims. Upfront, you’ll get a pair of thickly padded seats that offer all the adjustment you could hope – naturally, electrically powered – as well as being heated and cooled. But you can expect back-seat passengers to get the same treatment with a pair of armchair-style seats that have footrests and electrical adjustment just like the fronts. To that you can add large infotainment screens with internet connections, that can also operate the car’s blinds sunroof and sat-nav. Pay extra and you’ll also be able to specify a rear seat fridge complete with Maybach branded glassware.
The engine bay will be equally well-appointed with the 612hp twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 from the Mercedes S63 saloon, although the 630hp, turbine-smooth 6.0-litre V12 from the S650 might be more fitting. Rumours also abound that the car will get the 469hp 3.0-litre V6 petrol-electric hybrid from the S560e.
But why would you choose the Maybach over a Rolls Royce Cullinan? Well, how about price – our spies reckon the Maybach will cost from around £150,000 (or £100,000 less than the top-of-the-range Roller) when it goes on sale next year.