A Mercedes-Benz official has confirmed the extra-long S-Class will be unveiled next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show with the "Maybach" moniker.

A Mercedes-Benz official has confirmed the extra-long S-Class will be unveiled next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show with the "Maybach" moniker.

Mercedes-Benz is currently offering the S-Class Sedan in standard (5116mm long / 3035mm wheelbase) and long wheelbase (5246mm long / 3165mm wheelbase) versions but pretty soon an extra-long version will be added to the range and will resurrect the Maybach moniker. Talking to Car & Driver, Mercedes-Benz's head of global design Gordon Wagener said the car will be about 5500mm long so the extra 254mm will mostly go into the wheelbase.

Wagener described the S-Class Maybach as being the automotive representation of "haute couture" and he also announced "Maybach" will become a sub-brand of the company in the same vein as AMG. This means future extra luxurious versions of Mercedes-Benz models will be commercialized with the Maybach name, with the next car likely being a higher-specification GL. Further down the line, the S-Class Coupe and/or Convertible could receive the same treatment.

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