- Mercedes-Benz USA's CEO confirmed the Mercedes-Maybach GLS to Automotive News.
- It will be built at the same Vance, Alabama, plant as the regular GLS, making it the most expensive passenger vehicle built in the States.
- The third-gen GLS rides on a new platform and is bigger and more luxurious than ever, providing a good basis for a Maybach version.
UPDATE 5/10/19: Now that the all-new GLS has been revealed at the New York auto show, we took it upon ourselves to make a quick mock-up of what the Maybach version could look like. Mercedes could go even further than we did in our photoshop, giving the Maybach GLS unique bumpers and additional trim pieces.
Dietmar Exler, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA, has confirmed to Automotive News what we've been expecting for a while: an ultra-luxurious Mercedes-Maybach version of the 10Best-winning GLS is happening, and it will be built in Vance, Alabama, alongside the standard GLS. The new GLS will reach dealers by the end of the year, and the Maybach version should make its debut later this year, most likely in China, before going on sale in 2020.
Mercedes previewed the possible Maybach GLS with the Vision Ultimate Luxury concept (pictured below) last spring. Don't let the weird sedan roofline and trunk fool you-imagine the concept with a regular GLS's rear end and slightly less concept-y details, and you've got what the production SUV will look like. We expect it will be sold only in GLS580 guise, using the same twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 with hybrid assist as the range-topping standard GLS. Sadly, there's almost no hope for a GLS650 with a twin-turbo V-12, but an all-electric version could be possible.
With the 2019 Maybach S560 4Matic sedan starting at $171,745, we think it's a sure bet that the Maybach GLS will start at around $200K. That would make the Maybach GLS the most expensive passenger vehicle that is built in the United States, beating out the $159,300 Acura NSX. Exler told Automotive News that the Maybach GLS will be "a halo car" that will "help build the Mercedes brand," adding that there is the potential for additional Maybach models in the future, most likely based on Benz's existing "top luxury cars." Maybach G-wagen, anyone?
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