Until now, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say the interior of a Mercedes-Maybach S-Class wasn’t all that different from the ‘standard’ Mercedes-Benz-level S-Class. Yes, the Maybach has fully-reclining rear seats, yards more quilted leather, including throw pillows, but it still seemed like more of an ‘all-options ticked’ situation than a full-on, next-level model. However, if the teaser video of the new 2019 Mercedes-Maybach GLS interior is anything to go by, the Maybach line will soon be more than just quilted leather and chilled cupholders in Mercedes’ “halo of halo” models.
Mercedes giving its biggest SUV the Maybach treatment shouldn’t come as a surprise since ultra-luxury SUVs are multiplying at an insane rate. Bentley kicked it off with the Bentayga, Roll-Royce has the upcoming Cullinan and Range Rover’s new SV Coupe is the new kid on the block. Disregarding the ridiculous G 650 Landaulet, Mercedes can’t be left out in the cold when it comes to a segment like this.
From the quick teaser video on Mercedes’ Facebook page, there’s certainly more than just sumptuous leather. Keeping with Maybach’s modus operandi, it looks like Mercedes deleted the GLS’ third-row seats in favor of more rear passenger leg room and to make way for the fully-reclining seats. What looks like rose gold, lines the back of the front seats, a tea set stores in the leather-lined transmission tunnel and if you look close enough, there is a large white flower between the passenger seats — which better be a standard feature.
As far as what’s under the hood, the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine from the S560 isn’t confirmed but is the most likely candidate, which could give the chauffeur 469 horsepower to play with after he drops off his employer. Mercedes didn’t announce pricing either but a base price of around $200,000 wouldn’t be out of the question and considering the possible available options, you can bet most 2019 Mercedes-Maybach GLSs will go for closer to $250,000 or more.
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