2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 is Benz’s latest rolling living room

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November 21, 2019 07:00 AM

2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 is Benz’s latest rolling living room

Expect to see the new Maybach SUV parked in front of trendy restaurants near you.

Wesley Wren

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Mercedes used the LA Auto Show to pull back the curtain on the latest addition to its Maybach family: the 2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600. This ultra-luxury SUV is based on the latest-generation Mercedes-Benz GLS, which is already a posh driving experience but pales in comparison to its Maybach variant. As you would expect with a Maybach model, the GLS 600 is stuffed to the brim with leather, comfortable seating and every other high-class accoutrement you’d imagine.
This luxe-liner moves along by way of a 4.0-liter turbocharged V8, which shouldn’t be surprising for a modern Mercedes. What’s interesting is that it’s a new hybrid variant of its potent 4.0-liter and features the 48-volt EQ Boost system. This combination is rated at 550 hp and 538 lb-ft of torque. Just enough for your driver to get you to and from your meetings in a hurry. That’s mated to a standard nine-speed automatic and feeds a standard 4Matic all-wheel-drive system.

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The Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 features a 48-volt mild-hybrid system that helps its 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 be more efficient.

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The Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 also features Mercedes’ latest E-Active Body Control, which helps the car anticipate any pitch, dive and roll and adjust the suspension accordingly.

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The Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 is more stately than the standard ‘Benz variant and features subtle styling changes.

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Like the rear, the nose features different styling than the ‘Benz version. Most obvious is the redesigned grille.

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The Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 has a fixed partition to better separate the luggage from the passengers. While it should make you feel more luxurious, the reason: noise isolation. Well, that and the reclining seats.

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The Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 features a hidden step that drops when the door opens. 

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Gone is the standard Mercedes-Benz GLS grille. In its place is this redesigned Maybach design.

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The Maybach badge graces the GLS 600’s D-pillar and lets people know that you travel in style. 

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The potent Mercedes-Benz 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 makes 550 and 538 lb-ft of torque.

Keeping road roughness at bay, the Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 features standard Airmatic air suspension with adaptive damping. Mercedes also added its new E-Active Body Control to help keep you from being unsettled while cornering or braking. Keeping the wheels in contact with the road are dual wishbones up front, with a four-link at the rear.
If you really are an executive who will be driven in your new Maybach, there is a special treat: The seats will recline with the touch of a button, and the luxurious cabin also has a refrigerated space large enough to store champagne bottles. Also standard is a panoramic sunroof with an opaque roller blind. Oh yeah, and heated and ventilated seats come without any extra cost.

The reclining seats in the Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 look nicer than anything currently in my living room.

If you’re concerned about climbing into your reclining seat, Mercedes added a set of retracting running boards to help you hop in with ease. The cabin also has a separate air conditioning system for the rear, as well as increased noise insulation by way of a rigid partition separating the luggage compartment from the seating area.
It’s hard to say how much all of this luxury will cost, but considering the current Mercedes-Maybach S560 will set you back at least $170K … you’ll be spending a pretty penny. You’ll have your chance to take one of these home in the second half of 2020, and by then the pricing should be available. But, like always: If you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it.

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