Mercedes-Maybach S-Class premieres at LA Auto Show
Following the release of a new naming nomenclature system by Mercedes-Benz a few weeks back, we got to know that the Maybach series was not yet dead and gone after all. In any case, the German manufacturer has followed up with the world debut of the Maybach S-Class at the prestigious LA Auto Show this week.
Surprising? Not much, we should say. Because what you basically see here is the top range S-Class sedan, only stretched by a whopping 5453 mm in length followed by a wheelbase of 3365 mm. However, there are many other characteristics that set this Maybach apart from your regular S-Class. For instance the front grille is a bit more distinctive and there’s also a flurry of “Maybach” badges and lettering around the car. Reportedly, the rear doors are shorter by 66 mm to make room for the third side window which has been accommodated into the C pillar. In all, it gives an aristocratic feel to the car.
The Maybach S-Class will be made available in two variants initially; the S 600 and S 500. The Maybach S 600 will be powered by a twin-turbo V12 6.0-litre engine producing 530 hp and 830 Nm of torque, and the Maybach S 500 will come with a bi-turbo 4.7-litre V8 engine developing 455 hp and 700 Nm pf torque. It could also get carried onto lower variants such as the S 400.
The interior of the Maybach have always been a key factor, with previous editions having countless customisation options. Still, courtesy of the “stretch” the new Maybach gets additional legroom, and standard executive rear seats, featuring backrests which are adjustable separately. Apparently the cushions are also individually adjustable. Mercedes-Benz also promises that the Maybach S-Class will be the “quietest car in the world”.
The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is expected to hit UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the rest of GCC by February next year. The details on pricing haven’t been released yet.