Mercedes-Benz is working on a redesign for its GLS (previously the GL-Class), and this time around there will be an ultra-luxurious Mercedes-Maybach model to challenge the Bentley Bentayga, Rolls-Royce Cullinan and potentially something from Aston Martin’s rived Lagonda brand.
Talk of the Maybach GLS goes back to 2014, and now the very prototypes have surfaced. They were identified recently exiting Mercedes’ primary test center in Germany.
2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS Exterior
The Maybach GLS will share its body and lights with the routine GLS however will feature a distinct grille with vertical slats. The Maybach Ultimate Luxury concept (shown listed below) revealed at the 2018 Beijing auto show meant the style. A prototype for the routine Mercedes GLS can be seen in one of the shots, offering a contrast between the two designs.
We ought to also see Maybach logos connected to the side pillars at the rear, and we wouldn’t be surprised if purchasers will be able to pick a two-tone paint scheme, a choice already provided on the Maybach S-Class. As for the interior, don’t be amazed if the Maybach GLS is offered with an extra-spacious four-seat choice.
Underpinning the upgraded Mercedes GLS and this Maybach variant is a stretched version of Mercedes’ MHA platform for SUVs sized from the GLC up (excluding the G-Class). The platform is closely related to Mercedes’ MRA platform discovered in the majority of the car manufacturer’s sedans and coupes and made its launching in the GLC.
2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS Engine
It’s prematurely to talk powertrains but anticipates a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 to be the core unit in the Maybach. A plug-in hybrid option should likewise be offered.
2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS Redesign
The redesigned Mercedes GLS is expected to debut this month at the 2018 Los Angeles auto show as a 2020 model. The Maybach version will likely follow next year as a 2021 model. Production of all GLS variants will be managed at Mercedes’ plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where the existing GLS is constructed.
The revival of Maybach as a Mercedes sub-brand has been a runaway success. For example, throughout 2017, one out of every 10 S-Classes offered was a Maybach, with China, Russia, and the United States demolishing most of the cars. The rate may be even greater for the GLS. The success has given Mercedes the self-confidence to go back to standalone models for Maybach eventually.
Keep in mind, and the GLS won’t be the first SUV to get the Maybach treatment. That honor goes to the Maybach G650 Landaulet launched last year and limited to simply 99 units.