Let’s just say, this is one launch that would tempt even Don Corleone to get in line. There’s a new Mercedes-Benz flagship in town, and it’s the Maybach S-Class. The German company has launched the Mercedes-Benz Maybach S-Class in two variants: the locally-produced S580 priced at Rs 2.5 crore, and the S680 costing Rs 3.2 crore (all prices, ex-showroom).
To differentiate the Maybach S-Class from the regular S-Class, it gets a redesigned bumper with vertical slats on its chrome grille, and heavy chrome accents on the air damn. Mercedes also offers the option of two-tone paintwork, which comes with a dividing line, known as the ‘pin-stripe.’
Speaking of options, buyers can customize and personalize their Maybach S-Class, picking from the 10 different combinations and a unique set of chrome wheels on offer. Talk about extravagance, eh?
Besides these extras, what really sets the Maybach apart from its siblings? It’s the longer wheelbase (180mm over the S-class’), which allows the rear passenger seats to get a backrest angle of 43.5 degrees. This is good enough to stretch out your legs, or even take a nap.
Being a flagship Mercedes, the Maybach S-Class comes with all the creature comforts you can ask for. This includes automatic closing doors and an MBUX infotainment system that automatically detects your presence in the rear and adjusts the headrests accordingly. Speaking of which, there are two 11.6-inch displays at the back, controlled via a touchscreen placed in the armrest, which also lets you control the panoramic sunroof and the rear blinds.
Mercedes claims the ambient lighting at the rear is “designed to suit the typical human daily rhythm,” meaning it can dim and brighten up according to the time of the day. The Maybach S-class also comes with active road noise compensation technology that can cut out outside noise.
In case you decide to get behind the wheel, you’ll notice a 12.8-inch touchscreen OLED infotainment along with an all-digital 12.3-inch 3D display. On the go, the Maybach sedan will offer you convenience features like active steering assist, lane-keeping and changing assist, and traffic signal assists.
Powering the Mercedes-Benz Maybach S580 is a 4.0-litre V8 mill, which makes 510hp and 700Nm of torque, paired to a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. The S680, on the other hand, is powered by a V12 motor, which makes 620hp and 900Nm. All-wheel-drive system is standard on both variants, and it gets rear-wheel steering for better manoeuvrability.
The Mercedes-Benz Maybach S-class sedan will compete against the likes of Rolls-Royce Ghost and Bentley Flying Spur.