Mercedes Maybach S-Class 2021 makes global debut, raises levels of opulence

Mercedes Maybach S-Class 2021 makes global debut, raises levels of opulence

It's 18cm longer than the standard long-wheelbase S-Class, and all of that extra length goes to improve the spaciousness in the rear seats - as this model is a auto that will be more used as a chauffeur vehicle than a driver's auto.

The Maybach S-Class has a head-turning design and a luxurious cabin with a host of hi-tech features. The two-tone paint job (there are 10 finishes), the bold grille with Maybach lettering, and the bright and detailed lower air dam, immediately state that this is not a "normal" S-Class. Every seat has massage function, seat ventilation, heated armrests and door panels as well as a calf massager for rear seat footrest. It retains the minimalistic interior design of the new S-class, along with its second-gen MBUX infotainment system, 12.8-inch tablet-style OLED infotainment screen, a 12.3-inch 3D digital instrument display and up to three screens for rear-seat passengers.

Mercedes has identified China, South Korea, Russia, the US, and Germany as the main markets for the new Maybach S-Class, with the growth rate in China being in double figures. The limousine comes with individual "Executive" rear seats that can be reclined by as much as 43.5 degrees, and the backrest of the front passenger seat can be tilted forward by as much as 23 degrees to make more room for the rear seat passenger. 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. The Maybach logo on the rear pillar is now illuminated which will certainly help set it apart from other S-Class models on the road.

In addition, the Maybach S-Class gets an active ambient lighting system, which consists of 253 LEDs, a head-up display with augmented reality, along with an optional Interior Assist function, which uses cameras to track movements of the passengers and triggers certain functions.

Beneath the daily-buffed bodywor, over an extended wheelbase extended by seven inches, sits the same running gear as the top-spec S-Class, mating a four-liter biturbo V-8 to a 48-volt hybrid system with EQ Boost.

More details on the S-Class luxury flagship, including its engine and local pricing, will be revealed closer to the model's arrival in the last quarter of next year, however buyers can expect a similar pricetag to the performance flagship of the S-Class range, the S63 AMG. This includes Merc's patented "Pre-Safe Impulse" side function.

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Like the standard S-class, the new Maybach S-class, too, gets Level 3 autonomous driving capabilities, and by the second half of 2021, will be able to drive entirely on its own on certain stretches with dense traffic - at speeds of up to 60kph - in Germany.

The new-generation Mercedes-Maybach S580 will go on sale in numerous markets subsequent 12 months together with India and the mannequin will likely be introduced down as a Completely Built Unit (CBU).

Reports suggest that the Maybach S580 could be launched in India sometime next year.

Where the S-Class is a relatively subtle way for diplomats and captains of industry to swish around, the Maybach is a rolling announcement of oligarchy.

Before we dive inside, let's focus on the exterior.

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