For those of you who have $200,000 burning a hole in your pocket, and you need a new SUV to replace your ’89 Bronco, have we got something for you: Mercedes has announced the Maybach version of their GLS SUV, and boy is it cool.
The Maybach SUV, which is designed to compete against Bentley’s new SUV, will be far larger than the Mercedes GLS that it’s based on, and will include all the toys and high-end leather upholstery that the Mercedes S600 has.
This will be the second Maybach vehicle since Mercedes scrapped Maybach as its own separate brand a few years ago. Currently Maybach is more of a high-end trim than an actual brand.
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According to Jalopnik, the GLS SUV will be over 200 inches long, which is around 50% longer than a standard car. If it’s like its brother, the Maybach S600, it will feature things like: “Magic Body Control”, torque vectoring brakes, all LED lighting, “Magic Sky Control”, optional Burl walnut or metal Designo trim, self parking, night vision, and heads up display.
Currently, Mercedes cells and AMG version of its G class SUV for over 200,000, so we would expect the new GLS Maybach to be significantly more expensive.
There’s no word yet on why Mercedes chose the GLS platform instead of the G platform as the base for its Maybach SUV. However, the GLS is a more refined and you were model which may be easier to turn into a limo like vehicle.
Sadly, since the demise of the International CXT platform (and the Hummer), the Maybach GLS is likely to be the largest SUV still on the market. The International CXTs, which were based on a large truck, actually cost less than the Maybach.
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