When it enters production, it will be the most expensive passenger car ever made in America.
Last month, Mercedes lifted the wraps off the all-new 2020 GLS at the 2019 New York Auto Show as the automaker’s largest and most luxurious SUV. And yet the three-row SUV is going to get even more opulent because we already know an ultra-luxury Mercedes-Maybach GLS is being developed to battle the Bentley Bentayga and Rolls-Royce Cullinan.
Camouflaged prototypes of Maybach’s first SUV were spotted last month, while last year’s Vision Maybach Ultimate Luxury Concept previewed the design. Using spy photos, the 2020 Mercedes GLS, and the concept as references, artist Nikita Chuiko has been able to create a convincing render showing what Maybach’s first luxury SUV will look like when it enters production.
While it’s still recognizable as a GLS, the render shows the Maybach GLS sporting a new front fasica and chrome grille to distinguish the posh SUV from the regular GLS. At the rear, the artist has added smaller quad-exhaust outlets and more chrome.
Like Mercedes-Maybach sedans, the crossover is also likely to be offered with two-tone color options, which has been applied to the render as the SUV is shown finished in two different shades of blue. Overall, it doesn’t look as polarizing as the Vision Maybach Ultimate Luxury Concept that combined elements of SUVs and sedans, resulting in a very peculiar design.
The artist hasn’t mocked up any renders of the interior, but we can expect the cabin to be even more luxurious than the standard GLS. The Vision Maybach Ultimate Luxury Concept featured two 12.3-inch screens displaying the instruments and infotainment, a wide center console, and even a heated tray with teapot and cups. As for the powertrain, expect the Mercedes-Maybach GLS to utilize a twin-turbo V8 sending over 500 hp to all four wheels.
When it enters production, the Mercedes-Maybach GLS will be built in at the Mercedes factory in Alabama. The swanky SUV is expected to go on sale in 2020 with a starting price of no less than $200,000, making it the most expensive production car ever assembled in America.