Maybach was originally a high end luxury car manufacturer which was acquired by Mercedes some time ago and closed down. Because of this many people thought that the Maybach brand would never appear ever again on the market but not too long ago the Mercedes S600 Maybach was launched, an even more luxurious version of the S600 which was designed by Maybach, now a sub-brand for Mercedes, just like AMG is. In order to further increase their roster of cars a new model is going to be released with the 2018 Mercedes Maybach GLS, a full size SUV with all the luxuries and technologies of the S600 sedan. Just like the S600, the GLS model of the Maybach sub-brand is going to offer the same amount of comfort and luxury features as its forerunner.
2018 Mercedes Maybach GLS Price And Release Date
While the name may seem like all new, the GLS is in fact just a different name for the old GL model, which is going to get through a facelift some time in the next year. Just like with the S600 sedan, the GLS model is going to get a special engine, a new running gear as well as a slightly different look. The price is unknown at this point but it will likely cost well over $200,000 which would become the most expensive SUV on the market to date. The release date will likely be in the end of 2016 while the car should become ready for sale by the start of 2017.
Engine wise, the 2018 Mercedes Maybach GLS is likely going to use a bespoke 6 liter V12 engine, similar to the one found on the S Class. However, in the GLS the car should make quite a bit more power and torque. Early reports suggest that it may offer up to 650 horsepower and more than 750 lb-ft of torque which for a twin-turbocharged petrol engine is quite a lot. Just like the S Class, the GLS is going to be limited in every way in order to offer the smoothest driving experience there is, so the car is likely going to get a maximum top speed no higher than 140 MPH and it should be able to get to 60 MPH in around 5 seconds, but only if it would be needed. The car will use the same 7G-Tronic transmission as the one found on the S600, but unlike the S600, the car will only be available with a standard all wheel drive system which should provide maximum safety on any driving surface known to man.
2018 Mercedes Maybach GLS Interior
The interior of the GLS model is going to be highly customized by Maybach in order to offer the most amount of comfort and luxury possible and just like with the S600, the GLS will separate its passengers from the external environment almost completely, thus offering a ride more similar to the one in a first-class jet than a ride with a car. It will get most things as standard such as hand-stitched leather, two-LCD screens instead of the usual instrument cluster, only real leather, aluminum and wood as well as this time it will offer four first-class chairs in the back with adjustable positions, ventilation, heating and a conference table, a really unique layout for its class.
2018 Mercedes GLS Exterior
The outside of the 2018 Mercedes Maybach GLS will be quite similar to that of the production model of the GLS. However, there are going to be some changes which are going to make the car look a bit more unique. The front end will receive the same grille and headlights as the S600 sedan but the wheels of the GLS are likely going to be a bit more unique than the ones found on the sedan version.