The Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 arrives as Mercedes give the GLS a Maybach makeover with a 550bhp V8, lots of chrome and plenty of bling.
So the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63, revealed this morning, is just too bland and you want a GLS with more bling and a bit less power? Then you’re in luck as Mercedes has that covered too with the new Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600.
Think regular GLS, which is no shrinking violet, and then add a thumping great Maybach grille with lots of chrome – and chrome for everything else that’s not got a Maybach two-tone paint job – and you’re getting there.
But the exterior bling pales in to tasteful when you step inside – at which point the GLS drops and delivers a step to make getting in and out easier – with a pair of giant armchairs in the back (intersected, if you must, by a smaller chair) with massaging, climate and lots of recline and, if you don’t want the middle seat, a big centre console with lots of toys.
Nappa leather abounds and the wood trim is aged, Burmester sound soothes or rouses as required and there are screens popping up everywhere. It’s a gilded GLS which turns the volume up to 11.
Under the bonnet is the ubiquitous 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8, tuned to a more relaxing 550bhp (these things are relative) but which can still propel the, getting on for three-tonne, Maybach to 62mph in under 5.0 seconds.
You get the usual Mercedes driving modes, but also a ‘Maybach’ mode to cosset you rear passengers with smooth starts and imperceptible gear changes.
Aimed at the Bentley Bentayga and Rolls-Royce Cullinan – and top-end Range Rovers too – the Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 will go on sale in the middle of 2020.