Mercedes Benz has confirmed that it will launch its first-ever Maybach SUV, the GLS 600, in India on 8 June 2021. It will be the second Maybach offering in India after the previous-gen Maybach S-Class which is currently on sale in the country.
The Maybach GLS 600, as the name suggests, is a more premium version of Mercedes’s flagship GLS SUV. As a result, it looks largely similar to the standard GLS but with some minor updates to make it look more premium. Upfront, it gets a new vertically slatted chrome grille with Maybach badging. The front bumper is also redesigned with a chrome mesh running across its width. On the side, it gets a Maybach badge on the C-pillar and new bigger alloy wheels. While the standard GLS is offered with 21-inch alloys, the GLS 600 is available with both 22-and 23-inch wheels. The only visible change at the back comes with a redesigned bumper which features repositioned reflectors wrapped in a chrome strip running across the width. It also gets a flashier chrome rear skid plate.
While the standard GLS is offered with monotone colour options only, the Maybach GLS is offered with dual-tone colour options.
Talking about the dimension, the GLS 600 remains largely identical to the standard version with an identical wheelbase. It measures 5205mm x 2030mm x 1838mm (LxWxH) with a wheelbase of 3135mm.
Under the hood, the GLS 600 will be powered is powered by a 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine that makes 558PS and 730Nm mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission working with a 4MATIC 4WD system. It also gets a 48-volt system EQ Boost mild-hybrid system that offers an additional 21 bhp and 250 Nm of peak torque.
The standard GLS, on the other hand, is offered with two engine options. The GLS 400d 4MATIC is powered by a 3.0-litre diesel engine making 330PS and 700Nm while the GLS 450 4MATIC gets a 3.0-litre turbo petrol engine making 367PS and 500Nm. Both the engines are mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission and a 4MATIC 4WD system. While both the variants of the standard GLS has a 0-100kmph time of around 6 seconds, the GLS 600 can go from 0-100kmph in 4.9 seconds.
Like the exterior, the interior of the GLS 600 also looks similar to the standard GLS but looks more premium as it is wrapped in more opulent materials. The most noticeable change comes at the back as the Maybach GLS is offered in 4-and 5-seater variants, while the standard GLS is offered in 6-and 7-seater options.
Mercedes Benz will bring the Maybach GLS 600 via the CBU route. So, expect it to be priced at around Rs 2 crore. It will take on the Range Rover SUV in India. It can also be seen as a more affordable alternative to premium SUVs like the Bentley Bentayga and the Rolls Royce Cullinan.