Mercedes-Maybach SUV To Be Built In The USA, Based On Next-Gen GLS

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Mercedes-Maybach SUV To Be Built In The USA, Based On Next-Gen GLS

Mercedes-Maybach is set to introduce its first SUV model. The ultraluxury sub-brand of Mercedes-Benz has only sold limousines sporadically.    

In a news report by the Automotive News, the Mercedes-Maybach SUV, which will be based on the next-generation Mercedes-Benz GLS, would be the most expensive passenger vehicle made in America. Sources say the model is expected to be priced at about US$200,000.

Mercedes-Maybach showcased an ultra-luxury concept last year in the Vision Ultimate Luxury concept, but we do not expect the three-box styling to make it into production as the market is chasing after SUVs and not high-riding sedans.

The manufacturing plant, located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is also home to global production of the Mercedes-Benz GLE wagon and coupe, with the next-generation GLS expected to start very soon.

The proposed Mercedes-Maybach SUV will join an expanding list of ultra-luxurious SUVs- Roll Royce’s Cullinan, Bentley’s Bentayga, and soon-to-be-launched Aston Martin’s SUV pair of DBX and Lagonda. The Mercedes-Maybach SUV is expected to go on sale next year.

An SUV model could also help freshen Maybach’s brand. The Mercedes-Maybach S sedan is associated with the older demographics of the high-end market.

Locally, the three-row Mercedes-Benz GLS was sold in very limited quantities in Malaysia due to the nature of its body size and product appeal.

The Mercedes-Maybach S560, built on an extended V222 S-Class platform, is available for sale in Malaysia, priced from RM 1,408,888. It is however not Mercedes-Benz Malaysia's most expensive product, as the Mercedes-AMG GT R holds that title with a price close to RM 1.7 million.



Siew Weng

Siew Weng

Weng loves the technical bits of the automobile, and even more fascinated on the reasons the designer created the crease or fold, as well as innovative use of existing systems to execute new features. Prior to being in the content creation field, Weng was part of the product life cycle management team for a few automotive brands.


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