Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 India launch confirmed for early June, bookings underway

At the reveal of its new ‘Retail of the Future’ direct-to-consumer business model for India, Mercedes-Benz confirmed its next launch for our market will be a Maybach model. Yes, it’s the Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 4MATIC, which will be launched in India in the second week of June. The Mercedes-Benz GLS forms the basis for what is the first-ever Maybach SUV, which made its world premiere in China at the end of 2019. Bookings for the uber-luxury SUV have been underway for some time now, and a clutch of orders for the burly Maybach GLS are already in, Tech2 has learned.

The new-generation GLS is the base for the first-ever Mercedes-Maybach SUV. Image: Mercedes-Benz

While the Maybach GLS 600 is clearly based on the GLS, it has a few differentiators on the outside that’ll help tell it apart from lesser GLSes. Chief among those are a chrome grille with slim, vertical louvres, a two-tone exterior paint job with a total of eight colour combinations to choose from, bold chrome inserts incorporated into the front and rear bumpers, window surrounds and sills, flashy 22-inch wheels as standard (23-inch wheels are available as an option abroad), electrically-operated running boards, Maybach emblems on the D-pillars and new tailpipe finishers with cross ribs.

In terms of dimensions, the Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 4MATIC measures in at 5,205 mm in length, 2,030 mm in width and 1,838 mm in height and has the same 3,135 mm wheelbase as the standard GLS.

Reclining rear seats feature a massage function and powered leg rests. Image: Mercedes-Benz

On the inside, the Maybach GLS 600 is once again quite similar to the standard GLS in terms of dashboard design and layout but gets a few upgrades to add to the luxurious feel. There’s plenty of Napa leather used all across the Maybach GLS’ cabin, a custom Maybach digital instruments display has been added along with unique trim options. To spoil those sitting in the back, the ‘First Class’ version of the Maybach GLS brings two individual, heavily-bolstered reclining seats with an in-built massage function, powered legrests and a fixed centre console that houses a refrigerator and folding tables. Also part of the package are front seatback-mounted entertainment screens, a massive panoramic glass roof, as well as a custom-made cargo blind and additional sound-deadening material to block out road noise.

Under the hood of the Maybach GLS 600 – which is available with a single powertrain option – is a 4.0-litre, turbocharged V8 petrol engine paired with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. Overall power output is pegged at 558 hp and 730 Nm of torque, with peak torque available from as low as 2,500 rpm. A nine-speed torque converter automatic gearbox is standard, as is the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system. Despite the Maybach GLS weighing well over 2.7 tonnes, Mercedes-Benz claims it will do 0-100 kph in just 4.9 seconds. The Maybach GLS’ top speed, like most other Mercedes-Benz models, is limited to 250 kph.

At this point, it remains to be seen if Mercedes-Benz India will take the CBU route with the Maybach GLS, or if it chooses to assemble the luxury SUV locally. In the past, Mercedes has locally produced the Maybach S 500, so don’t be surprised to see it repeat that with the Maybach GLS. Pegged as a rival to the likes of the Range Rover, Bentley Bentayga, Aston Martin DBX and Rolls-Royce Cullinan, expect the Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600’s price in India to be closer to the Rs 2 crore mark (ex-showroom).

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