This is the Mercedes Maybach GLS and here are the top 10 things you need to know about it. Checkout Mercedes Maybach GLS: the ultimate luxury SUV experience.

Design

On the road, the Maybach sets itself apart from the riffraff with a huge vertical run grille and lashings of chrome beneath that is a wire style mesh. The sides are 22-inch polished black wheels which you can upgrade to 23-inch forge alloys with a polished chrome finish.

There are also retractable running boards plus Maybach badges on the rear pillar and next to the windscreen at the back you’ll find horizontal chrome strips and split near funnel sized exhausts.

Paint

You really want your Maybach GLS to stand out and if you’re buying one in the first place you probably do you’ll want to go for one of the optional two-tone paint finishes these are separated by a fine pinstripe around the waist of the car and include some pretty crazy options.

Interior

Inside the Maybach is like a standard GLS that’s been styled by an interior designer more used to boutique hotels almost every surface is finished in quilted napa leather. The surfaces surrounding the controls are finished in high-gloss or open-pore wood that’s been inspired by high-end yachts apparently and there are luxury touches everywhere, 64 color ambient lighting, extra sound deadening for a hushed ride and even heated cupholders.

Climate

The luxury touch extends to the GLS is heating and ventilation to its system’s internals are mounted on rubber bushes to prevent unwanted vibrations, while the inside vents have a special coating that dampens airflow noise.

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Mercedes says you only have to set the climate control once because a system uses interior and exterior sensors to monitor temperatures inside and outside the car. The angle of the Sun and even air humidity to keep the cabin temperature exactly how you wanted it in the first place.

Practicality

One slightly surprising thing about the interior is that there’s no third row of seats you get five or four seats only the standard three-seat bench gets thirty millimeters extra legroom compared to a normal GLS along with electrically reclining outer rear seats, but for the full luxury experience you’ll want to specify the two individual rear chairs these bring an extra 120 millimeters of legroom plus you can kick them out with goodies like fold-out tables, a refrigerator with space for three bottles of champagne and a storage compartment for two champagne flutes.

Despite all the luxury of this Maybach GLS still has a proper boot with 525 liters of space which Mercedes says is enough for four golf bags.

Infotainment

The Maybach GLS gets the very best entertainment system. Mercedes has to offer this includes a pair of huge 12-inch entertainment screens that sport unique Maybach graphics. They can be controlled by the steering wheel via a touchpad or by using the MBUX Voice Assistant.

Rear seat passengers get a single seven touch tablet display as standard with the option to upgrade to a pair of additional 12-inch infotainment screens.

Sound system

The Maybach GLS comes a standard with a Burmester premium surround sound system, this can amplify the voices of front and backseat passengers making it easier to hear each other. You probably wouldn’t need that in a normal-sized car but the driver and rear-seat passengers have separated by so much space in a GLS.

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If you want more sound power you can upgrade to the Burmester high-end 3D surround sound system. This has 27 speakers and 24 separate amplifier channels producing an overall output of 1590 watts.

Driving

The Maybach GLS is powered by twin-turbo four-liter V8 with 560 horsepower and it can go from 0 to 60 in just 4.7 seconds. It also gets an air suspension that can smooth at the bumpiest of the road or be tightened up for more control in the corners.

If you wish you can upgrade to Mercedes E active body control system, this comes to the road ahead with a camera and suspension for each bump and surface change to improve the ride quality even further, there are also various drive modes which have been refined specifically for comfort including a Maybach drive mode that starts the car in second gear flutters the acceleration curve and limits the number of gear shifts.

Price

The Mercedes Maybach GLS will go on sale in spring 2020 with a price tag of around 200,000 pounds that means it’ll be about 60,000 pounds more than a basic Bentley Bentayga.

The Maybach has a far longer list as standard equipment it’s also 65,000 grand cheaper than a Rolls Royce Cullinan.

AMG GLS 63

The Maybach isn’t the only new version of the GLS though there’s also the new Mercedes AMG GLS 63 is four liters twin-turbo V8, that’s basically the same one you’ll find in AMG versions of everything from the C-class to the S-class.

It’s also similar to the 560 horsepower V8 in the GLS Maybach but in the AMG it gets 610 horsepower and 850 Newton meters of torque that’s enough to get this massive SUV from 0 to 60 in just 4.7 seconds. Top speed is limited to 155 miles an hour, but if you go for the AMG drivers package Mercedes will lift this to 174 miles an hour.

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