ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Do you just like the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, however simply don’t assume it’s fancy or costly sufficient as it’s? Possibly the AMG model is just too audaciously sporty otherwise you’d desire a totally totally different taste of garish. Possibly you don’t need to be seen driving the GLS in any respect. When you’re in search of the proper GLS to be pushed in, however have to be sure you look extra like the kind of fats cat to blow cash on lavish, boozy dinners and ornamental fountains than the professional baller who splurges on a house gymnasium and tennis courts, Mercedes lastly has the enormous SUV only for you: the Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600.
Is that this tongue-in-cheek straw man in any method indicative of an precise Maybach proprietor? Who is aware of. We are able to barely comprehend how wealthy somebody is likely to be who can afford this $161,525 ultra-luxury SUV (earlier than any choices) not to mention truly know somebody of such largesse. However, the GLS upon which it is primarily based is actually no stranger to us. We first drove the GLS 470 in Austria’s Tyrolean Alps, sampled the AMG GLS 63 within the Columbia River Gorge, and nominated its bouncy E-Lively Physique Management suspension for Autoblog’s 2020 Know-how of the 12 months Award. Many of the similar substances are current within the Maybach 600, however only one have a look at this two-tone luxurious liner requires you to rethink the scope of what the GLS can do.
Whereas the general physique model seems to be kind of the identical, there was no mistaking our tester for an abnormal GLS, and even a rare AMG mannequin. The 2-tone paint — Lunar Blue Metallic under, and Iridium Silver Metallic from the beltline up — shouts to passersby (in an aristocratic German accent, presumably) that there’s one thing totally different happening right here. The non-obligatory wheels, which get their very own Maybach design, measure a completely large 23 inches. Perched on the nostril is the practically extinct Mercedes hood decoration. The ultimate giveaway comes if you transfer in somewhat nearer and see the Maybach badging on the grille, tailgate and D-pillars.
However severely, that paint job is one thing else.
The outside doesn’t fairly do justice to what awaits inside. The driving force’s door opens to a wealthy, inviting and clearly technologically superior cockpit. The twin display sprint housing the instrument panel and infotainment touchscreen is changing into acquainted from GLS right down to GLA, as are the multitude of controls on the wheel and heart console with which one can simply work together with them. The ambient lighting not solely units the temper, but additionally accentuates options just like the seize handles on both facet of the middle console, and the shiny Burmeister audio system on the A-pillars. Mixed with the quilted black Nappa leather-based upholstery, the cockpit has a lounge-like environment, full with massaging seats, and heated and cooled cupholders.
The entrance seat doesn’t do justice to the final word ranges of luxurious reserved for the rear passengers. Not like the remainder of the GLS line, there is no third row within the Maybach. As an alternative, the second row will get a couple of extra inches of legroom. The 2 chairs — our tester was decked out within the four-seat configuration — have energy legrests that may assist benefit from that additional area. They’re exceedingly comfy, they usually, too, present warmth, air flow and therapeutic massage features. Additionally they have matching leather-based throw pillows, due to course they do, however you’ll should retailer them someplace else if you wish to set up a baby seat. Between the rear seats is a heated armrest with a detachable 7-inch Samsung pill that has its personal local weather, seat and infotainment controls.
Probably the most extravagant choice on our Maybach GLS, aside from that two-tone paint (which, by the way in which, prices an additional $18,500) is the inclusion of a fridge ($1,100) between the rear seat backs. And it’s not just a few bland dice of a factor both. Reducing the duvet to the fridge, there’s a velvet-lined holder ($800) for a pair of champagne flutes. Simply be sure you purchase the right-sized champagne flutes or purchase those Mercedes gives — ours didn’t quite fit. Open the fridge itself, and it’s clear this entire outfit is particularly meant for champagne, with the underside molded into grooves to retailer two bottles on their facet. Up in entrance of the armrest, simply behind the heated and cooled cupholders, are two smaller holders that may clip the bottom of the flutes in place. The one disadvantage is that the fridge impedes deep into the cargo space, limiting the room for baggage.
Whereas the VIP part could also be within the again, a livelier social gathering is happening out entrance. The Maybach GLS 600’s 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 is tuned to a meaty 550 horsepower and 538 pound-feet of torque, a rise of 67 horses and 22 pound-feet over the GLS 580, however not as raucous because the AMG’s 603 hp and 627 lb-ft. Although its claimed 0-60 time is 4.eight seconds, or 0.Four seconds faster than the 580, the Maybach doesn’t really feel all that totally different if you look away from all of the fanciness and go by your different senses. The Maybach does job of retaining the whole lot feeling calm and remoted throughout full-booted maneuvers.
Our time with the Maybach GLS got here throughout a major snow bathe adopted rapidly by rising temperatures. We had been in a position to get pleasure from its surefootedness within the snow, however the ensuing slush-filled potholes meant that exterior paint was rapidly dirtied, and inconceivable to maintain clear. Maintaining it in Consolation mode more often than not, the GLS’s electronically managed suspension — full with E-Lively Physique Management together with cameras that learn the highway forward and alter accordingly — supplies an appropriately easy trip for these champagne-sipping purchasers within the again (assuming you’re in a locale the place passengers are allowed to imbibe).
Whereas it’s a nice automobile to drive — as is the remainder of the GLS lineup — the Maybach model is absolutely the one you need to be pushed in. Alas, as my fellow editors and I are sequestered from one another in the course of the pandemic, there was nobody to commandeer into chauffeuring me round. Nonetheless, I did discover time simply to recline again there in my driveway, get a therapeutic massage, get pleasure from soothing music from the improbable Burmeister sound system and watch the sky via the panoramic sunroof. Whereas I relaxed with a cupholder-chilled Food plan Coke, I might let my thoughts drift and ponder my most well-liked ornamental fountain.