Maybach sub-brand could get SUV model
Mercedes-Benz is keen to expand its revitalised Maybach sub-brand – and a SUV would be a logical place to start.
This comes as Rolls Royce, Bentley, Maserati all prepare to release luxury SUVs to augment their sedan car ranges, while Range Rover now offers an ultra-luxury version of its already well-appointed SUV.
Maybach was a standalone limousine-style model produced by Mercedes-Benz some years ago, but demand for the car dwindled in the wake of the 2008 recession. Mercedes-Benz eventually decided to pull the plug on the car, and how now integrated the brand into its existing line-up.
Maybach is now a sister brand to AMG, and Maybach-treated S-Class models have benefited from extra special luxury treatment, similar to AMG versions representing the pinnacle of driving performance.
Power for the larger Maybach SUV would probably come from the same V12 6,0-litre engine that powers the sedan, but Mercedes-Benz could also use its new twin-turbocharged 4,0-litre V8 instead as this would pitch the Maybach as being completely different to the relevant AMG cars.
The Maybach SUV may well end up being based on the GLS, which will be the new badge worn by the large GL-Class SUV. The GL replacement is set to start breaking cover in 2017, so if that is the case, the Maybach version is unlikely to arrive until then.
That GLS will share the S-Class platform, making the transition from standard SUV to opulence much easier, seeing as the Maybach sedan employs the same platform.