Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury Teased One Last Time
The concept is expected to preview a Maybach-branded GLS being prepared for the SUV's next generation.
[UPDATE, April 23] Even though fully revealing images have emerged, Mercedes-Maybach is continuing the teaser campaign for its Beijing-bound concept. A new video, and possibly the last one, was published by the company's head of design, Gorden Wagener, on Instagram:
The fancy concept teased last week finally has a name, and it’s quite long: Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury. Along with announcing the showcar’s moniker, the three-pointed star company has also released another teaser image depicting the high-end interior cabin of its luxobarge. The idea behind the concept? Take everything that’s great about a premium sedan and implement it into an SUV.
Additional details about the new Vision concept have not been disclosed, but rumor has it the high-riding concept will serve as a preview for the next-generation Mercedes GLS set to gain a more expensive Maybach version. It won’t be the first Maybach-branded SUV as that role was reserved to the ludicrous G650 Landaulet unveiled a little over a year ago. While the open-top V12 G-Class was limited to 99 units, the Mercedes-Maybach GLS is expected to be a regular production model.
A report coming from the U.K. suggests the production version will be unveiled as early as November at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which also means we won’t have to wait much longer to see the regular next-generation GLS. To set it apart from the more attainable versions of the fullsize SUV, Mercedes will give the Maybach variant a “bold new grille,” which might be inherited from the long Maybach and extra-long Pullman versions of the S-Class sedan.
Also in Beijing, Mercedes will (finally) take the wraps off the A-Class Sedan. Since the press release says the model is “produced in China for China,” it likely means we are dealing with the long-wheelbase version of the compact sedan, not the regular model bound to be sold globally. As a reminder, both the bigger C and E sedans have LWB derivatives built and sold exclusively in the People’s Republic, hence why we believe it will be the same story with their kid brother. A roadmap published last year for 2018 did show an A-Class Sedan Long Wheelbase, so this is most likely the model Mercedes is referring to in the official announcement.
Starting April 25, these two vehicles are going to share the spotlight at Auto China 2018 with the facelifted C-Class L as well as seven other Asian premieres.