Maybach was founded in 1909 by Wilhelm Maybach, which was later acquired by Daimler Benz. Maybach was known as the brand that provided ultra-luxurious cars in 2002 and it used some components similar to the Mercedes-Benz cars. However, Maybach stopped being a standalone brand in 2013. Mercedes-Benz acquired Maybach and later on showed-off to the world what ultra-luxury actually means with the Mercedes-Maybach S600 and totally changed the definition of luxury in the limousine segment.
THE 2021 MERCEDES-MAYBACH S-CLASS
Mercedes-Benz introduced the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class very recently and it was completely redesigned inside-out and now Mercedes-Benz has taken the covers off the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, which simply is; Luxury Redefined.
The 2021 Maybach S-Class is 18 cm longer than the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class which benefits the rear of the vehicle as the Maybach S-Class is known as a “chauffeur-driven” vehicle, but it doesn’t mean any compromises have been made on the driver’s end. The front portion of the car is very well suited and embedded with the most luxurious features on offer and cutting-edge technology to aid the driver and the occupants to cocoon from the outside world.
The 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is a classic three-box saloon with a short front overhang, a really long wheelbase and a perfectly balanced rear overhang. The features that distinguish the new Maybach S-Class are the bonnet with a chrome fin, the Mercedes-Maybach radiator grille, Maybach embedded onto the chrome surround of the grille. The majestic three-pointed star stands proudly above the Maybach badging.
The distinctive front bumper and the air intake mesh is finished in chrome as well. Maybach logo engraved on the C-pillar makes it obvious out there that it is not an S-Class, but it is a Maybach S-Class and the other unique feature are the 19, 20, or 21-inch wheels which are designed solely for the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.
The front features the new generation S-Class headlights with the distinguishing three torched DRL system and the rear features two-section rear lights of the new generation S-Class. The overall design of the new Maybach S-Class is adapted from the older generations of the S-Class which indicates the legacy of the the S-Class.
When it comes to the interior of the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, the design of the front cockpit is inspired by the 1996 Mercedes-Benz S-Clas. The chariot-on-wheels is feature-loaded with a 12.3-inch OLED instrument cluster which is customizable and also gets a Maybach-specific instrument dial display, surrounded by rosé gold trims.
The center console is garnered by a highly advanced 12.8-inch OLED touchscreen display. The Maybach specific steering wheel is very luxuriously finished with piano wood and has Maybach engraved on it.
The front dashboard is exquisitely styled with piano wood vertically aligned AC vents and the surrounding ambient lighting makes the dash very luxurious.
The luxurious front seats this time come with pillow support as well as the rear seats.
The rear seats are the highlight of the Maybach S-Class, these heated seats leave the First Class seats of your business Learjet or Beoing Business Jet far behind, they do have the standard Maybach massage features for the legs as well along with body massage and the neck rest and the pillows can be heated as well.
There are two 12.2-inch displays for the rear passengers and the rear of the front seat is also equipped with ambient lighting.
Talking about the ambient lighting, the car is very well surrounded by ambient lighting which makes the inside of the Maybach S-Class a light show.
The car is loaded with audio from the house of Burmester. A full-fledged 4-D audio system with active voice cancellation takes care of cocooning you from the outside world.
The two rear seats are parted by the command center which boasts a touch screen display that can control almost everything inside the vehicle, along with it comes storage space finished very luxuriously which opens up and presents two cup holders, control for air conditioning, two champagne and two flute holders.
The electric door open and close feature is new to the vehicle. Overall, the cabin of the Maybach S-Class is very opulent and can rival the likes of the British ultra-luxury carmakers.
THE ENGINE AND SUSPENSION
The 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class features the Mercedes-Benz M177 48 Volt Hybrid V8 Engine in the vehicle which produces 550HP of power and 729 Nm of torque with 9G-Tronic automatic transmission. It can run from 0-100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds. If you steel feel that is not enough, you can also opt for a V-12 engine which will make the car extremely powerful.
The vehicle also features the critically-acclaimed Mercedes-Airmatic air suspension with level control and continuously adjustable damping ADS+ is standard in the vehicle. Combined with the AIRMATIC air suspension is the E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL with ROAD SURFACE SCAN MONITORS which scans the road ahead and adjusts the suspension and the axles accordingly to keep the car on level constantly in any condition which makes you feel like you are riding on the clouds.
The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is loaded with these major features as standard:
- MBUX Infotainment System.
- MBUX Interior Assist at the rear.
- 64 Colour Ambient Lighting.
- Heated and Ventilated front seats with massage and four-position memory settings.
- Heated rear seats with power adjustments and massage system.
- Air Ionising system with fragrances.
- 30 speaker Burmester sound system with active noise cancelation.
- 12.3 inch OLED instrument cluster.
- 12.8 inch OLED center console.
- Apple Cars Play and Android Auto support.
- Rear seat entertainment package.
- Augmented Reality Navigation system.
- Automated Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection.
- Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist.
- Adaptive Cruise Control with Semi-Autonomous Driving.
- Electrical Door Assist.
- Parking Assist.
- Magic Vision Control.
- Night View Assist.
- Blind-Spot Assist.
- Pre Safe Impulse.
Is it coming to India?
The big question being, is it coming to India? Well, honestly we don’t know that yet!
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is yet to be launched in India and we expect it to be launched sometime early next year. So, taking that timeline into consideration, we expect that the 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class might reach the Indian shores sometime mid-2021, of-course as a CBU. The W223 Maybach will surely be the choice of some multi-millionaires and some rumors say that it will be added to the “Jio Garage” as first in India.
The Maybach is just the start of new W223 platform, we expect the next-gen AMG S63, the S-Guard and the Pullman to follow next.
Did you know that Mercedes-Benz recently decided to localize the AMG-line of products in India? Read about it here.
Written by – Jitarth Trivedi
Compiled by – Tirth Pandya