The new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class has been unveiled as the pinnacle of the new luxury saloon range, providing more space and premium features for rear-seat occupants.
Aiming to reach showrooms next summer, Bentley Flying Spar will capitalize on the growing demand for ultra-luxury flagship options from markets such as China, Korea and Russia. It joins the Mercedes-Maybach GLS, the sub-brand’s first SUV, which was released last year.
At 5469 mm long, the Maybach S-Class is a full 18 cm longer than the long-wheelbase version of the standard Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Dr claims that the increase “fully benefits the rear”, making it ideal for high-end quadrupeds.
The upgrade is not limited to more spaces, the twin executive seats have been fitted as a standard for the unique compatibility of squab and backgris.
Mercedes further claims that the foot attached to the front seat and the electrically stretched legrest (which in itself is 50mm longer than the old Mebach S-Class) allows for a “comfortable, comfortable re-surface for a happy sleeping position.”
More new features include an alchemy massaging function for the legrest and warmth for the neck and shoulders of the rear passengers. Added to the rear passengers are ‘Belt Butler’ – automatic seatbelt extenders that are commonly found in Mercedes coupe and converted models.
There are also electrically assisted rear doors that can be driven by the driver, adapted lighting for rear occupants with more extensive compatibility.
Using the same MBUX interface for the five part-OAELD screens available as regular S-Class, the Mebach provides a vast array of control over vehicle systems and features and can detect rear passenger movements and gestures with a 3D laser camera on the roof lining.
Externally, the Mebach is distinguished from the Standard S-Class with a new bonnet design that has a chromed fin, the Mebach signature has a vertically slotted grille and a wide rear door. There is also a new C-column quarterlight, when applied for bispoke badging.
Ption A dual-tone paint finish (pictured) as available Mebach S-Class will be launched in the UK with two engines: S580 to 496bhp 4.0-liter twin-turbo petrol V8 and 603bhp 6.0-liter twin-turbo petrol V12 , Will be badged as S-650. Other markets will get a plug-in hybrid using a 3.0-liter six-pot turbo petrol engine and a gearbox-mounted electric motor for an attached 503bhp. Mercedes’ road surface-scanning e-active body control tech as well as air suspension is standard. Rear-wheel steering is readily available.
Pricing is not yet clear, but based on the price of the previous generation V12 Maybach S-Class, perhaps the base V8 model is comfortable. Will exceed 150,000.
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