TodayApril 15, 2022

2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS SUV starts at $160,500

Exclusivity and luxury in the first-ever Mercedes-Maybach SUV

  • The all-new Mercedes-Maybach GLS is the first-ever SUV.
  • Elegant spaciousness, unparalleled comfort, and powerful V8 performance
  • The Mercedes- Maybach GLS 600 4MATIC is the pinnacle of SUV luxury.
  • Arrives in U.S. dealerships in late 2020, this exclusive new model will start at $160,500.

The Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 4MATIC represents a new top-of-the-range option for U.S. customers to gravitate to in the incredibly popular luxury SUV segment and extend its portfolio the Mercedes-Maybach brand by combining the body design and technical basis of the GLS with the luxury of a top-class sedan.

This luxurious new SUV showcases Maybach’s exclusive features, including the distinctive grille with vertical chrome louvers. A first for an SUV is the standing Mercedes-Benz star on the hood, fully retractable electronic running boards, 22- inch multi-spoke light allows wheels, and refined finishing details such as Maybach emblems and lettering and additional chrome trim elements.

Standard-equipped technology includes dual 12.3” digital display screens with touchscreen, the revolutionary and intelligent Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system, Augmented Video for navigation, Smartphone Integration, and the incredible Burmester High-End 3D Surround Sound System.

The suite of standard active and passive driver assistance systems in the Mercedes-Maybach GLS helps support the driver and thus enhance comfort and safety. The vehicle can autonomously maintain its speed and the distance to traffic in front. According to the traffic situation, the autonomous car can stay in its lane on multi-lane roads and autonomously reduce vehicle speed.

The extensive driver assistance systems, combined with the sophisticated crash sensor systems, enable PRE-SAFE to recognize a likely impact in even more situations than before, ensuring that the Mercedes-Maybach GLS upholds the highest levels of safety and sophistication.

The Maybach GLS boasts generous interior space and a unique arrangement with its 4-seat configuration with two individual executive rear seats, a center armrest, and available folding tables. All seats in the Maybach GLS are heated and ventilated and offer multi-contour adjustments with massage functionality for enhanced comfort. A 5-seat configuration is available for customers as well.

Additional interior elements include heated and cooled cupholders and wireless charging in the front and rear, along with extended ambient lighting in the roof liner. Add in some leather embellishments that expand to the Nappa leather roof liner and a comprehensive suite of ENERGIZING Comfort modes for enhanced relaxation or rejuvenation. The Air Balance cabin fragrance system also includes a signature fragrance for the Mercedes-Maybach: the light and floral white osmanthus blossom rounded off by gentle leather and spicy tea notes.

The Mercedes-Maybach GLS further differentiates rear-seat passengers’ experience with additional luxuries including a 7-inch MBUX tablet, heated and ventilated rear seats, 4-zone Executive Climate Control, comfort headrests, and a wooden parcel shelf that separates the interior from the spacious luggage compartment.

The Maybach GLS offers elegant Maybach-exclusive features such as two-tone paint and two-tone Nappa Leather upholstery options, designo trim with yacht-inspired flowing lines, and 23-inch multi-spoke forged wheels. The GLS 600 4MATIC cones with a refrigerated compartment and custom champagne flutes and built-in holders.

Equipped with a 4.0-liter V8 bi-turbo engine with an EQ boost and a 48-volt onboard electrical system, the Maybach GLS 600 4MATIC boasts effortless and efficient power to meet even the most discerning standards. This sophisticated powerplant produces 550 hp and 538 lb-ft of torque and can rocket the full-size SUV from zero to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds. The integrated starter generator can also generate up to 21 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque for short periods.

The intelligent E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL suspension features a camera that automatically scans the road ahead to counteract bumps and dips for a supremely smooth ride proactively, and it will even lean into curves for more dynamic handling. An additional Maybach-exclusive feature is the Maybach DYNAMIC SELECT drive program that focuses on the ride comfort for rear passengers by ensuring body roll is minimal while riding in the executive seats.

Another comfort feature that demonstrates thorough attention to refined detail is the ease of access and egress. When the doors are open, the suspension slightly lowers the vehicle for added convenience.

The Mercedes-Maybach brand embodies exclusive luxury, maximum comfort, and state-of-the-art technology in automotive engineering, services, and accessories. The all-new Mercedes-Maybach GLS will go on sale in the U.S. by the end of the year.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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