Meet The Maybach Vision Ultimate Luxury Concept SUV

Reveal / Comments

The luxurious concept blends the body of an SUV with the rear of a sedan. The result is…bizarre.

Following last week's leak, the Mercedes-Maybach Vision Ultimate Luxury concept has been revealed ahead of its world debut at the Beijing Auto Show. Just as we saw in the leaked photos, the concept's design is a bizarre blend of a sedan and an SUV that "combines the comfort and typical strengths of both body styles," with a raised seating position and athletic looks. The concept is designed specifically for the Chinese market where SUVs and sedans represent the two most popular segments for luxury vehicles.

Mercedes-Benz

The resulting shape is polarizing, to put it mildly – it's certainly striking, but it's no stunner. A gargantuan chrome grille dominates the front, while muscular fenders and huge intakes give the concept a sporty look. If the grille looks familiar, that's because the design first debuted on the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6. The proportions look particularly odd at the profile – it essentially has the body of an SUV and the notchback rear of a sedan. As a result, it just looks like a high-riding luxury sedan. In another peculiar design decision, the concept features a split running down the full length of the roof, which splits the sunroof into two separate pieces. We don't know what they were thinking either.

Bugatti Chiron Head-To-Head: Pur Sport Vs. Super Sport
Bugatti Chiron Head-To-Head: Pur Sport Vs. Super Sport
The Loudest Cars We've Heard In Recent Years
The Loudest Cars We've Heard In Recent Years

Still, it's safe to say the Mercedes-Maybach Vision Ultimate Luxury looks like nothing else before it. "The Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury is a totally new archetype of a kind never seen before," says Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer at Daimler AG. Our concept combines the DNA of an SUV with that of a saloon to produce an ultra-modern SUV of three-box design," he added. "With sensuality and pure sophistication, we have created a timeless vehicle that underscores the position of Mercedes-Maybach as the ultimate luxury brand." In terms of power, the Vision Ultimate Luxury features an electric, all-wheel-drive powertrain.

Four electric motors combine to produce a total of 738 horsepower, while the 80-kWh battery allows for an estimated range of over 200 miles. Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph. Using a fast-charging system, enough power can be charged to achieve a range of 60 miles in just five minutes. Being a Maybach, the interior is as insanely opulent as you would expect. Passengers can relax in the back and bask in fully adjustable seats with diamond-stitched Nappa leather while their chauffeur takes care of driving duties. A wide center console extends through to the rear. It's even equipped with a heated tray with teapot and cups, allowing "exquisite tea-drinking enjoyment while on the road."

Mercedes-Benz

The driver also gets a pair of 12.3-inch screens displaying the instruments and infotainment. Maybach is expected to roll out a luxury SUV based on the next-generation GLS to rival the Bentley Bentayga and Rolls-Royce Cullinan, but we doubt it will take its design cues from this strange SUV-sedan EV, somehow.

Mercedes-Benz via CarNewsChina
Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz

Join The Discussion

Gallery

18
Photos
Back
To Top