Mercedes-Benz vice-president of SUVs Wolf Dieter-Kurz said a Maybach-branded SUV is under consideration.
Bentley is preparing to launch its first ever SUV called "Bentayga" while Rolls-Royce is also working on their first high-riding model so it shouldn't come as a surprise that Daimler is analyzing the prospects of coming out with an ultra-luxurious SUV. Likely to be green-lighted for production, the model in question will be part of the Mercedes-Maybach division and is going to be based on the GLS (GL facelift).
It will join the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class and according to Wolf Dieter-Kurz it will likely be offered as a hybrid, probably with an adaptation of the hardware found inside the GLE 500e. The Mercedes-Maybach GLS will likely come with a longer wheelbase granting a more spacious interior cabin which should be even more luxurious compared to the regular GLS. On the outside, expect a Maybach-specific grille, wheels and the compulsory badges.
There’s no word about a price tag, bust obviously it will cost more than the current GL which kicks off at €74,285 for the GLE 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC version and from €76,160 for the GLE 400 MATIC. We won’t be too surprised if the Maybach GLS will hover over the €110,000 mark for the base engine.
As a final note, Wolf Dieter-Kurz said other models could benefit from the Maybach treatment, and chances are he was referring to the next generation E-Class.
Note: Mercedes-Maybach GLS render by RM Design pictured.