Mercedes-Maybach S-class revealed

Mercedes-Maybach S Class unveiled as new luxury flagship

Talking about its dimensions as compared to the regular S-Class, the Maybach version measures 5,469 mm in length, which makes it 180 mm longer than the long-wheelbase version of the new-gen S-Class.

Taking into account the sheer size of the vehicle, chances are the rear-wheel steering system will be offered as standard equipment to make the sedan behemoth easier to maneuver in a tight area.

Mercedes-Benz has pulled the wraps off the new-generation Mercedes-Maybach S580 that's based mostly on the new-generation S-Class (W223). The two-tone paint job (there are 10 finishes), the bold grille with Maybach lettering, and the bright and detailed lower air dam, immediately state that this is not a "normal" S-Class. In addition, Mercedes is offering an Executive Rear Seat package for its Maybach customers. The twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 used by many Mercedes models including the latest S-Class will find its way underneath the long and imposing hood. At 5,469mm, it's a substantial 180mm longer than the long-wheelbase version of the new S-class, and all of those 180mm have gone into the new Maybach's wheelbase, which is 3,396mm long - 31mm longer than even the outgoing Maybach S-class.

On the safety front, a fully-equipped Maybach S-Class will have 18 airbags in total, along with a bunch of other safety systems. It provides you with tech-comfort and a multi-contour massage in every seat, heated armrests, door panels, seat ventilation, and even a calf massager for rear seat footrest.

There's also an active ambient lighting system, which employs 253 LEDs, a head-up display with augmented reality, along with an optional Interior Assist function, which uses cameras to track movements of the car's occupants and proactively trigger certain functions.

Power is sent to all four corners through a 9-speed automatic transmission.

Power on the brand new Mercedes-Maybach comes from the brand new 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbocharged engine that will get the EQ Boost 48-volt mild-hybrid expertise.

Noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels were a point of focus for the Mercedes-Maybach, with extensive acoustic insulation, noise-optimised tyres and for the first time, active road noise compensation which reduces unwanted low-frequency noises. Meanwhile, the new-generation S-Class can be slated to reach subsequent 12 months within the nation with costs anticipated to begin from ₹ 1.5 crore (all costs, ex-showroom) onwards.

Also available is the Pre-Safe Impulse side function (part of the E-Active Body Control suspension), which lifts the vehicle up by 80mm when it detects an impending side-on crash.

The new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class also features a Level 3 driver assistance system, which will allow the driver to take his hands off the steering wheel in situations like heavy traffic or on selected motorways once the system becomes legal from the second half of 2021. Let us just say it will not be cheap.

Where the S-Class is a relatively subtle way for diplomats and captains of industry to swish around, the Maybach is a rolling announcement of oligarchy.

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