Mercedes Considering Bentayga-Fighting Maybach SUV

With Bentley's Bentayga officially available and Rolls-Royce and Lamborghini working on SUVs of their own, Mercedes toys with the idea of an ultra-luxury SUV.

Paul Barshon

The profits inherent to SUVs have finally broken the resolve of the world's most premium carmakers. Bentley has debuted , Rolls-Royce is , Lamborghini has finally been  for its , and now Daimler's ultra-luxurious Maybach sub-brand is considering a derivative of the upcoming GLS-class.

Currently, the top spot in Daimler's SUV lineup is occupied by , the iconic off-roader that hasn't changed all that much since it was launched in the late 1970s. Compared to modern-day SUVs, the G strikes a far more impressive pose in front of your mansion or at the country club, not to mention on the world's most treacherous 4×4 trails. It falls woefully short of modernity on the road, however, suffering from hopelessly outdated ergonomics and a center of gravity located somewhere just shy of Mount Everest's peak.

A Maybach-badged version of the upcoming GLS just might be the fix. The GLS, of course, is the evolution of , a seven-seat SUV built atop a stretched version of the platform under the GLE-class (and, incidentally, the Jeep Grand Cherokee). Various sources have hinted that a GLS Maybach would be a logical extension of the Maybach portfolio; now Daimler's SUV development director Andreas Zygan essentially confirmed such a model to .

We believe that such a vehicle would come with a four- or six-seat configuration and an extremely high level of equipment—check out to get an idea. Power could come from the GLE550's 4.7-liter twin-turbo V-8, although a somewhat more genteel version of 's 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 is a possibility as well. Whatever's under the hood, don't expect a Maybach-badged GLS to hit the market before the 2018 model year.


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