The Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 4Matic has been launched in India at a base price of INR 2.43 crore (ex-showroom, India).
The Mercedes-Maybach is all set to come to India as a CBU model. It will also be the first SUV to come through the Maybach luxury brand. Based on the Mercedes-Benz GLS, we can expect the Maybach GLS 600 to sport luxuries that are several notches higher than the standard.
The Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 is powered by the M 177 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 which is paid with a 48V integrated starter-generator. The motor puts out 565PS and a significant 730 Nm. The e-motor can add up to 250 Nm and 22PS additionally when needed. This pairs with the 9-speed torque-converter automatic. The Mercedes-Maybach GLS can do 0 to 100 kmph in 4.9s and reach a 250 kmph top-speed.
There is an air suspension package as standard with adaptive damping while the E-Active Body Control 48V suspension system is offered as an option. This allows the Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 to stay level when faced with road imperfections and also include the Curve handling mode, with fits the body into corners to negate roll. The trick recovery mode with bounces the GLS on its springs is also available. The Maybach GLS also lowers by 25m below 30 kmph for easier access while at speed the body lowers by 15mm for better efficiency.
Aside from the Curve drive mode, a variant-specific Maybach mode has also been added to the Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600. In this mode, body movements are kept to a minimum with the SUV offering up a flat torque curve, keeping gearshifts to a minimum, switching off the start/stop function and starting off in second gear.
The Maybach GLS offers a slightly differentiated look from the standard GLS. The front of the SUV carries a Maybach-specific multi-slatted grille while the front airdam carries a prominent chrome finish. There is also the traditional Mercedes star bonnet mascot. The Mercedes-Maybach GLS can be optioned with 22 or 23-inch Maybach multi-spoke wheels while the Maybach emblem is placed on the D-pillar. Further, there are 10 optional dual-tone paint schemes to chose from with pinstriping. At the rear, there is a revised bumper with the split chrome exhaust outlets and a different font for the lettering.
With luxury being the focus of the GLS, we start with the interior. The basic design of the dashboard is in line with the regular GLS, but features the use of Nappa leather along with unique trim inserts and finishers for a more upmarket feel. The twin 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and touchscreen get Maybach unique graphics and functions as well. The biggest change though is to the rear.
Aimed at being a chauffeur-driven SUV, the third row has been deleted while the second row is pushed back to free up more room. The Maybach GLS is available as a 5-seater as standard – the two outer seats are electrically controlled, can be reclined and come with calf rests. Buyers additionally have the option of choosing a 4-seat layout with individual, electrically adjustable seats. Mercedes also says that the cabin sound insulation is also much improved over the regular GLS.
Coming to the equipment, the Maybach GLS gets a long list of it, including four-zone climate control, automatically extending side steps, panoramic sunroof, adaptive air suspension, heated and ventilated front and rear seats with memory function, massaging seats front and rear, the chauffeur package to adjust the co-driver seat from the rear, a rear seat tablet to control in-car functions, 360 degree camera, Burmester sound system and more.
The Mercedes-Maybach GLS is being offered in India with the full suite of advanced driver assistance functions. Aside from the regular airbag protection, cushion airbags in the rear seat protects passengers in a crash if their seat is reclined. Other safety systems are adaptive cruise control, speed limit assist, traffic sign recognition, route-based speed adjustment, active steering and lane change assist, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, brake assist with cross-traffic alert,