Setting new standards of luxury but without a V12.
It's been a few months since the 2021 Mercedes S-Class debuted with class-leading techlogy and new electrified powertrains. But we knew it won't be the most opulent version of the new S-Class for very long. Meet the all-new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, which sets new standards for ultra-luxury limos. Like all Maybach models, the rear cabin has received the most attention since this is where most owners will spend their time while being chauffeured around in complete comfort.
Compared to the standard S-Class, the new Maybach has a seven-inch longer wheelbase measuring 133.7 inches, providing more rear legroom. In terms of dimensions, the new Maybach S-Class measures 215.3 inches long, 75.6 inches wide, and 59.4 inches high.
As standard, the Maybach S-Class comes with executive seats featuring independently adjustable seat surfaces and backrests, transforming the rear cabin into a comfortable resting or working area.
The adjustment of the leg rest has increased by around two inches compared to the previous model. Additional new comfort features include a new calf rest massage function and neck and shoulder heating. An available Executive Rear Seat Plus package adds an electric rear center console, two folding tables, two temperature-controlled cupholders, an illuminated stowage compartment with 12V socket, wood trim with the Maybach logo underneath the head rack, two additional USB ports and two HDMI ports.
Elsewhere, the interior is based on the redesigned cabin of the regular Mercedes S-Class. Five display screens are equipped as standard, including a 12.8-inch OLED central display running the latest MBUX software and a 12.3-inch driver display with 3D graphics. In 'Exclusive' mode, the instrument surrounds are displayed in rose gold. This color is one of two new color themes available for the active ambient lighting system, which has 253 LED lights. Adaptive rear lighting has also been added with adjustable brightness, size and positions.
All the luxuries we've come to expect from a Maybach are here, with large areas of trim on the front seats, high quality wood surrounds applied to the rear of the front seat backrests and additional trim between the two rear passengers with the available Executive Rear Seat Plus package. An optional refrigerator compartment in the rear armrest can store up to ten liters of cooled drinks and food.
Further enhancing the chauffer driving experience are optional silver-plated champagne flutes and electrically operated comfort rear doors that can be opened and closed with little force and operated from the driver's seat for added convenience. Active road noise compensation makes the cabin even quieter than the standard S-Class.
On the outside, the Maybach can be finished in a classy two-tone paint scheme that takes up to one week to apply by hand. Other distinguishing design features include a unique hood with a chrome fin and a Maybach grille with vertical chrome pinstripes. The rear doors are wider and the C-pillars feature a fixed quarterlight.
Contrary to reports claiming the new Maybach will be the only version of the next-generation S-Class offered with a V12, power is sourced from a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 generating 496 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. An electrified EQ Boost system provides an extra 21 hp and 184 lb-ft. No 0-62 mph sprint time has been announced, but the new Maybach S-Class will max out at an electronically limited 130 mph. If you prefer to drive the Maybach S-Class than be chauffeured in the back, the luxury limo is more maneuverable thanks to standard rear-wheel steering that reduces the turning circle by almost seven feet.
From next year, a fully active E-Active Body Control suspension will be available that uses a stereo camera to scan the road and smooth out imperfections. It also offers additional protection during a lateral crash by raising the ride height. When fully equipped with side and beltbags, the interior a total of 18 airbags.
"With the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, we are emphasizing the progressive, modern approach of its exclusive product portfolio shortly before the 100th anniversary of Mercedes-Maybach automobiles," says Dirk Fetzer, head of Mercedes-Maybach product management.
"As they did then, today's customers have high expectations of their exclusivity and individuality, elegant design and first-class standard of finish, all based on the very latest technology. Especially with respect to comfort, safety and design, the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class has unique selling features in the hotly contested luxury segment."
Sales for the 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class will start in the US in mid-2021. Pricing details will be confirmed closer to the on-sale date.