Just when you thought there were enough expensive, ostentatious and just a little bit pointless super luxury SUVs – another one comes along in the form of this Mercedes-Maybach GLS. The Bentley Bentayga and top-of-the-range Range Rover alternative has been caught out on the roads in Stuttgart. Read on for the car’s price, specs and release date.
Mercedes-Maybach GLS price and release date
While nothing’s confirmed for the Mercedes-Maybach GLS just yet, one thing’s for sure – it’s not going to be cheap. Think of it vying for attention against the likes of the Bentley Bentayga and Range Rover Autobiography, so expect it to have a price tag of around £150,000 before options. You’re likely to see the Mercedes-Maybach GLS for the first time at the LA Motor Show later this month (November 2018) so the car will go on sale around the start of 2019.
Mercedes-Maybach GLS specs
You only have to look at how many Bentley Bentaygas there are on the road to know that ostentatious styling sells when it comes to luxurious SUVs and we have no reason to think the Mercedes Maybach GLS will stray from this proven formula. As a result, it’s set to get a big, bold grille, headlights that can rival the power of the sun and an all-important massive Mercedes Badge. Round the side, don’t expect the Mercedes-Maybach’s alloy wheels to be any less than 20-inches in size, while at the back its intricate LED tail lights will be beautifully detailed.
And the exterior only serves as a precursor for the sumptuous interior. The cabin design will be similar to what you’ll find in a Mercedes S-Class saloon with a mixture of the high-tech – in the form of huge infotainment screens– and the luxurious, because it will be crammed full of expensive metals and woods.
Part of the appeal of an SUV like the Mercedes-Maybach GLS is its upright body that allows for more interior space. It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to have it as a seven-seater, though – if you need to carry more people, you’ll simply have Jeeves follow behind in another car from the fleet – but what does make sense is that it’ll offer a pair of fully adjustable captains chairs in the back row, rather than a traditional three-seat bench.
And what engine will power the Mercedes-Maybach GLS? A super-powerful V12, of course. It’s likely to be the 630hp engine from the S-Class, which would get the hefty, four-wheel-drive GLS from 0-62mph in under five seconds, although it’s probably best if you don’t ask about fuel economy – because it ain’t gonna be good.
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