Tops for Mercedes luxury SUVs
Flagship offers rear-seat executive seating
The resurgence of Maybach is ongoing, and the latest is the plutocrat-aimed version of the GLS. That Mercedes-Maybach GLS will start from US $160,500, so here’s a look at what you’re getting extra for that cash.
A standard Mercedes-Benz GLS starts from $76 grand, and loaded up with every single option, including the AMG V8, it’ll run you just shy of $154,000. So the Maybach GLS needs to go big, and, well, it does.
We’ll start with the exterior bodywork that includes the vertical slat chrome louvre grille and the side to side mesh that runs below it. Mercedes says this is the first timt they’ve used a stand-up star badge on the hood on an SUV, and mostly unseen will be the fully-retracting running boards. 22-inch alloy wheels, Maybach logos and lettering, and more chrome details complete the look.
Inside is a four-seat configuration with executive rear chairs, center armrest, and optional folding tables. All four seats offer massage, heating, and ventilation to give everyone equal levels of comfort. A five-seat option is available, should you need that extra rear space. Even the cupholders are heated and cooled, along with wireless charging both front and rear. The ambient lighting is extended into the roofliner, which is Nappa leather, and the cabin fragrance is a blend of white osmanthus blossom and leather and spicy tea that’s exclusive to Maybach.
Because owners of vehicles like this are often the passenger not the driver, there is a 7.0-inch MBUX equipped tablet in the back, four-zone climate control, and a wooden parcel shelf to separate the rear seat from cargo. Two-tone paint and leather options are both available as is yacht-inspired designo trim, 23-inch wheels, and a refrigerated compartment.
Augmented reality navigation, two 12.3-inch touchscreens, and Burmester sound are all included, as is lane-centring and adaptive cruise control.
Powering the Mercedes-Maybach GLS is a 4.0L biturbo V8 badged GLS 600 with 48V electrics and EQ boost to make 550 hp with 538 lb-ft of torque. It has active body control with a road-scanning camera and a dynamic select system with a drive mode that boosts rear seat comfort. The Maybach GLS hits dealers by the end of the year.