Mercedes-Maybach S-Class world premiere

Marco Green
November 20, 2020

Mercedes-Benz on Thursday unveiled the all-new Maybach S-Class. The seats of the limousine have an exclusive touch to it with the new progressive diamond pattern and double seam with Maybach Nappa leather upholstery in crystal white and silver-grey pearl. So, when Merc has to give it the Maybach treatment, things get very interesting and very, very decadent.

The German company furthermore says the new Maybach S-Class can be equipped with electrically operated comfort rear doors.

Daimler isn't willing to let Rolls-Royce and Bentley grab all the sales in the ultra-luxury sedan segment and is ready to claim a piece of the action with a worthy competitor for the Ghost and Flying Spur. But what if you still find the regular S-Class still "lacking"? Bigger by 7-inches to be precise. Progressive features that offer utmost safetyThe Mercedes-Maybach S-Class boasts a comprehensive safety package with features like the powerful Digital Light package for improved visibility, automatic seat belt extender, Pre-Safe airbag system with up to 18 airbags, rear comfort doors with Blind Spot Assist, Driver Pilot system with soon to be added Level 3 Autonomous features, active steering assist, active distance assist, active lane-keeping assist, traffic sign assist, emergency stop assist, evasive steering assist, brake assist with cross-traffic function, attention assist to detect driver fatigue and the E-Active body control suspension system for securing the auto during a lateral crash. 8. The auto is festooned with badges carrying the "Maybach" insignia (including the pedals), but you'll notice those after you've taken in the gorgeous two-tone paint job (available in various shades) and all the chrome bits surrounding it.

Selected markets will also receive in the future a plug-in hybrid version of the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, featuring a 3.0-liter straight-six petrol engine paired to an electric motor for a combined 503 HP. That isn't to say, the front-passenger has in any way been overlooked. There are two 11.6-inch monitors at the back. The rear seat passenger can also adjust the front passenger seat to create additional legroom. A collision which will undoubtedly be mitigated by the car's automatic emergency braking response system and bevy of 18 airbags.

The new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class also features a Level 3 driver assistance system, which will allow the driver to take his hands off the steering wheel in situations like heavy traffic or on selected motorways once the system becomes legal from the second half of 2021.

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There's also a Maybach mode that can be picked through the car's "Dynamic Select" function, which starts the vehicle in second gear and softens the suspension and throttle response for an absolutely sublime start to the journey.

Taking into account the sheer size of the vehicle, chances are the rear-wheel steering system will be offered as standard equipment to make the sedan behemoth easier to maneuver in a tight area. In fact one has to strain to read the fine print when it comes to optional extras. The aim is to ensure optimum NVH, and to that end, the Maybach S-Class gets plenty of insulation throughout its body, along with thicker laminated glass, and noise-reduced tyres with foam absorbers.

Mercedes has not released a price for the 2021 Maybach S-Class just yet.

While there's little about powertrain options in the official press material, reports suggest the Maybach S580 employs a twin-turbo 4,0-litre V8, complete with mild-hybrid technology, all-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission. Suffice it to say, that it takes Mercedes- Benz into a realm of luxury no other brand can now boast of, with the exception perhaps, of Rolls Royce. The backrests here can be adjusted within a range of 19 and 44 degrees while feet can be propped up on a cushioned and retractable rest.

Parth Charan is a Mumbai-based writer who has written extensively on cars for over seven years.

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