Mercedes Previews the Maybach SUV

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Mercedes has taken the covers off what could be the most lavish SUV ever created.

Called the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury, it’s an opulent off roader that suggests the German giant could soon go head-to-head with the forthcoming Rolls-Royce Cullinan.

First shown at the Beijing Motor Show last week, the jacked-up limo surrounds rear-seat passengers with soothing waves of blue lights, refreshes them with a bespoke tea set and promises to transport them in ‘an unprecedented world of luxury’.

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It is just the latest round to be fired in a battle between the world’s high-end car makers to showcase the most luxurious SUVs, which has seen Bentley and Lamborghini launch 4x4s, with Rolls-Royce and Ferrari to follow.

The design closely resembles other Mercedes-Maybach concepts showcased in recent months, including the superyacht-inspired 6 Cabriolet.

However, this time the German luxury-car builder wanted to combine limousine-like comfort with the commanding ride height of a 4×4.

 

Under the svelte bodywork is a 740bhp all-electric powertrain that’s capable of propelling this swanky SUV to a top speed of 250kph and offers a range – when driven more conservatively – of 500 km between charges.

And you don’t have to worry too much about running out of juice; fast-charging functionality means you can get an extra 160 km of range by having the car plugged into a power supply for just five minutes, Mercedes claims.

 

The new SUV is an unsurprising development under the Maybach name – Mercedes’ long-standing limo-producing sub-brand that was killed off in 2012 but relaunched by the car manufacturer just three years later – not least because images of the enormous off-roader were leaked a week ago.maybach 4

It follows the recent trend of boutique car brands shifting attention to the growing SUV market, tracing the footsteps of the Bentley BentaygaLamborghini Urus, Maserati Levante and eagerly-anticipated Rolls-Royce Cullinan.

With these rivals in mind, expect the price tag of a production-ready version to be substantial.

 

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