Mercedes-Maybach GLS SUV is Bathed in Chrome

By Paul Joseph

Among the array of eye-catching cars on display at the Guangzhou Auto Show in China, which comes to a close at the start of December, has been the 2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS 4MATIC.

The newest name to join the German automaker’s luxurious double M-badged line-up, the Mercedes-Maybach GLS is based on the company’s second-generation GLS flagship SUV, but with notable refinements.

While it retains the overall styling of the regular GLS, the Maybach version has been augmented with several unique styling elements, including glossy chrome covering the entire bodywork.

At the front is the massive grille, also in glossy chrome, that features a striking design with vertically oriented thin slats. Even more striking are the chrome mesh inserts in the lower part of the bumper.

Matching the design of the front grille are optional 23-inch wheels with a multi-spoke layout. A chrome strip runs along the entire width of the tailgate and continues on the fenders, above the taillights.

On the interior, the third row of seating has been replaced to make room for more leg space for rear passengers, while a five-seat configuration is also available as an option.

The cabin is also replete with amenities such as folding tables, champagne flutes, dedicated fragrance, and a rear-seat entertainment system. Ventilated and heated massaging seats, opaque roller blind and electronic panoramic sunroof all come as standard, too.

Powering the luxury SUV is a twin-turbo V8 4.0-litre engine, tuned to produce 550 hp and 538 lb-ft of torque, and the unit is assisted by a 48-volt mild hybrid system that offers an extra 21 hp and 184 lb-ft.

Mercedes claims that the Maybach GLS does the 0 to 60mph sprint in an estimated 4.8 seconds and tops out at a limited 130mph for the US model, with the European model able to hit 155 mph.

The Maybach SUV will reach the US market in the second half of next year, although pricing has not yet been announced.

By Paul Joseph