The Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 4MATIC was unveiled for the first time in the Middle East at an exclusive lunch hosted by Thomas Klein, President & CEO of Mercedes-Benz Cars Middle East and Alexander Elsas, newly appointed Head of Marketing & Communications.
Held at the One&Only The Palm hotel in Dubai, the event provided guests with an exclusive sneak peek at the Mercedes-Maybach GLS, a car that completely redefines the luxury SUV segment. The Mercedes-Maybach GLS combines the body form and superior, robust technical basis provided by the GLS, the S-Class among SUVs, with all the technical and material luxury of a top-class sedan.
Its spacious interior with the highest-grade materials and extremely effective noise insulation creates a stylish, cocoon-like feel-good atmosphere. From their pleasantly elevated seating position, thanks to electrically operated roller sun blinds on the two rear side windows, the passengers can decide for themselves how much of their surroundings they want to see.
The regional launch of the Mercedes-Maybach GLS signifies a milestone for Maybach: finally, there is a car that caters to exclusive customers that seek unmatched luxury, maximum comfort and state-of-the-art technology. With the Mercedes-Maybach GLS, customers in the Middle East now have an increased offering in a market dominated by very few.
“The Mercedes-Maybach brand represents ‘Ultimate Luxury’ in its most contemporary, purest form”, says Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer at Daimler AG. “The brand’s style is embodied in sublime beauty, supreme aesthetics and elegance. In order to define the luxury of the future, we are taking the concept of Sensual Purity to the next level and transforming ourselves from a premium manufacturer to the world’s leading design brand.”
The Mercedes-Maybach GLS is powered by an exclusive, custom-built, four litre V8 engine with an output of 558 hp and 730 Nm of torque, moving the car discreetly and powerfully. The engine is combined with the 48-volt system EQ Boost which gives the car a temporary boost of 250 Nm of torque and 22 hp.
Two-tone paint finishes are optionally available, and these underline the balanced proportions of the body. A total of eight combinations are planned, the colour named first being that of the lower section: cavansite blue/iridium silver; designo diamond white bright/obsidian black; iridium silver/designo diamond white bright; iridium silver/selenite grey; obsidian black/kalahari gold; obsidian black/patagonia red; obsidian black/rubellite red; emerald green/mojave silver.
These paint finishes are rendered particularly elegant by the fluid course of the separating lines, where a fine pinstripe in the one colour merges into the body of the other colour along the vehicle’s beltline.
The Mercedes-Benz star surmounts the bonnet in the classic way, while the fine, vertical chrome struts of the Maybach radiator grille create a pinstripe effect. Effective chrome highlights around the side windows, and the chrome inserts in the side sill panels, lend dignity and elegance to the profile.
The same applies to the brand emblem, which is positioned at various points such as on the D-pillar. As a special, Maybach-specific feature, two-tone paintwork is available in eight different, elegant colour combinations.
The 22 or 23-inch wheels were developed exclusively for this model, with the 23-inch version echoing the pinstripe theme. The tailpipe trim elements with a small cross rib emphasise the model’s identity as a Mercedes-Maybach.
The equipment features: luxury and leather
The high-gloss or open-pore wood surfaces of the trim elements, plus the upholstery in nappa magma grey/black or nappa mahogany brown/macchiato beige as standard ensure a very high perceived value. The same colour combinations are also available for the optional designo Leather package. For this a lighter upholstery colour in crystal white/silver grey pearl will become available as an alternative soon after market launch, associations with interior design in luxury yacht-building and thereby underlining the high quality of the selected materials. One typical Mercedes‑Maybach detail is the colour rosé gold for the piping on the white leather.
An electrically opening panoramic sliding/tilting sunroof with an opaque roller blind is standard equipment, as are climatised massage seats. Obtainable on special request, the fixed centre console transforms the car into a spacious four-seater whose rear is just as suitable for working as for relaxing. This console is available with extending, folding tables, even a refrigerator with space for champagne bottles. Suitable silver champagne flutes for this are available from the accessories range.
A dedicated fragrance was developed for the Mercedes‑Maybach GLS for active fragrancing as part of the optional AIR BALANCE package: the white osmanthus blossom, floral and light, is rounded off by a gentle leather note and spicy tea.
The in-door speakers of the Burmester® surround sound system are inset into the wood trim behind metal meshes. High-quality chromework and Mercedes-Maybach badges in the interior create further highlights. A stimulating contrast is created by the traditional materials, their craftsman-like finish and the modern high-tech appointments of the Mercedes-Maybach.
There are also command menus that can be called up in the MBUX, MBUX Rear Tablet and MBUX Rear Seat Entertainment System. The MBUX Rear Tablet is housed in the extended centre console in the four-seater variant, while it is located in the fold-out luxury centre armrest with chrome trim element in the five-seater version. Optionally a wireless charging module for smartphones can be installed here.
The new Mercedes-Maybach GLS comes with many of the latest-generation Mercedes-Benz driving assistance systems included as standard. The PRE-SAFE® systems, which can increase the effectiveness of the car’s protective functions by initiating in some cases reversible measures prior to an accident, are comprehensive and state-of-the-art, too.
|GLS 600 4MATIC|
|Number of cylinders/arrangement||8/V|
|Add. output with EQ Boost||kW/hp||16/22|
|Add. torque with EQ Boost||Nm||250|
|Combined fuel consumption||l/100 km||12.0-11.7|
|Combined CO2 emissions||g/km||273-266|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||s||4.9|