The Maybach could almost be called a bargain.
Last year, Mercedes-Benz revealed the first SUV model to wear the Maybach badge. The 2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS serves as the German automaker's most prestigious SUV model, above even the AMG GLS63. Starting with the GLS is a great place to start, so the Maybach division has plenty of room to make this one of the most luxurious SUVs on the market. We've assumed for a while that the Maybach GLS should come with enough opulence to rival models like the Aston Martin DBX and Bentley Bentayga; we didn't know how much it would cost though.
Now, Mercedes has revealed pricing for the GLS 600 4MATIC. The flagship SUV carries a starting MSRP of $160,500, meaning it is less expensive than the DBX and Bentayga but slightly more expensive than the BMW Alpina XB7.
As a reminder, the recently-facelifted Bentley Bentayga starts at over $177,000 for the twin-turbocharged V8 model, while the Aston Martin DBX is a tad less at $176,900. The BMW Alpina XB7 remains the best "bargain" at $141,300, which may explain why it already sold out for the 2020 model year.
The Maybach GLS is less potent than the Alpina but produces around the same output as the Aston and Bentley with its 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 generating 550 horsepower and 538 lb-ft of torque. This engine also includes a 48-volt onboard electrical system to handle the stop/start function, control the suspension, and provide 21 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque for short periods.
As you'd expect the Maybach variant of the GLS comes decked out with features, include dual 12.3-inch displays powered by the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system, a Burmester surround sound system, and active and passive driver assistance systems. The Maybach GLS comes in a four-seat configuration with special attention paid to the second row, which includes two individual executive rear seats, a center armrest, and available folding tables. For even more opulence, the rear seats offer an optional refrigerated compartment with custom champagne flutes.
The Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 is set to arrive at US dealerships in late 2020.