The real ones would know that Mercedes is not short on luxurious SUVs, especially not after our preview special, but the 2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS takes that concept to extreme extremes. The latest addition to the Maybach range, it’s the first SUV to bear that badge even, although think less along the lines of “off-road hero” and more like “serious luxury presence on Bryanston roads.”
This Maybach is based on the Mercedes GLS 63, which itself got a revamp already this late last year, as we’ve mentioned before. The Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 is a seven seater powered by a 4.0l V8 biturbo engine good for 450kW of power on tap, and impressive torque of up to 850Nm (and a boost feature).
For the Mercedes-Maybach model, though, the GLS takes a very different approach. Up front is a Maybach-exclusive grille with striking vertical louvres, along with a standing Mercedes-Benz star on the bonnet as apposed to the flat lay we’ve come to get used to. Maybach logos are projected, and there are full-length, retractable – and, of course, branded – running boards. They swing out automatically and the SUV lowers slightly to make for a more graceful entry or exit – you are in Bryanston after all.
Mercedes has made sure to add plenty of chrome to the side windows, the side sill panels, and the exhaust pipe trim. There’s the option of two-tone paintwork too, along with a selection of 22- and 23-inch wheels as your heart desires.
Step inside and it’s even more lavish. Mercedes-Maybach has convereted what would usually accommodate at least six into a four seater with more than enough space. At the back, the two seats power back into reclining mode, and padded Nappa leather covers different trim and dashboard sections. The Maybach team will happily add extra custom cushions if you so desperately desire.
Up above is an electronic panoramic sliding/tilting sunroof with an opaque roller blind as standard, and so are heated and ventilated massage seats. As an option, the rear can be equipped with a fixed centre console, with extended folding table and a refrigerator. As you’re sipping champagne you can sniff the dedicated Mercedes-Maybach GLS fragrance.
With that, Mercedes-Benz South Africa has given pricing to the Maybach star, it starts at R2 939 800.
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