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The 2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 Is An Uber Luxury SUV on Everyman Driver

Mercedes Maybach has held the place in the Daimler family as the pinnacle of Mercedes Benz and for 2021, Maybach is introducing their first-ever SUV, the Maybach GLS 600. This uber luxury SUV has the trimmings you’d expect from Maybach, including a back seat that wouldn’t look out of place in a first-class airliner.

While the segment is full of rich entires from Rolls-Royce and Bentley, the GLS 600 has plenty of upgrades to warrant a look if you need the most luxury SUV experience from the 3-pointed star.

The 2021 Maybach GLS 600 comes in a single well-equipped trim level. It’s powered by a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 (550 horsepower, 538 lb-ft of torque) that puts power to the ground via a nine-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. Just about everything that’s optional or available on the regular GLS is standard on the Maybach.

Standard feature highlights include:

  • 22-inch wheels
  • E-Active Body Control adaptive suspension (dramatically improves ride comfort and cornering stability)
  • 12.3-inch infotainment screen
  • Digital gauge cluster display
  • 7-inch touchscreen for the rear seat
  • Wireless charging pads in the front and rear
  • Burmester audio system
  • Head-up display (displays important information in your sight line onto the windshield)
  • Four-zone automatic climate control
  • Front and rear heated and cooled cupholders
  • Heated, ventilated and massaging seats both front and rear
  • Panoramic glass roof

Driver aids include:

  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Maybach and the car in front)
  • Automatic emergency braking (warns if a front impact is imminent and applies the brakes if you don’t respond in time)
  • Blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while reversing)
  • Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)
  • Surround-view camera (gives you a top-down view of the Maybach GLS 600 and its surroundings for tight parking situations)

Options include:

  • Folding tables for rear passengers (four-seat configuration only)
  • Two-tone leather upholstery
  • Two-tone exterior paint
  • 23-inch wheels
  • Refrigerated compartment
  • Champagne flutes and built-in holders

You’re not looking for value if you want a Maybach GLS, but at $172,200 (as equipped) it’s definitely the least expensive of the uber-luxury SUVs. No other competitor puts together such a well-appointed package for anywhere near the same money. It feels solid, pristine and opulent — easily matching rivals such as the Bentley Bentayga. If anything, Mercedes could offer more options for personalization. The four-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty is average for the class.

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