Bentley and Rolls-Royce will be on high alert this week as Mercedes-Benz and its Maybach division prepare a proper rival to their ultraluxurious SUV models. The will debut this Thursday in China and it wants a crack at the high-roller utility vehicle segment.
Mercedes-Benz teased the opulent SUV in a tweet Tuesday, which shows the model's slightly reworked front end. It still very much looks like a, but a Maybach grille is in place. Boosting the image's brightness also showed a lower grille fascia with chrome mesh. Any other exterior changes remain hidden for now, but don't expect anything drastic.
We don't know what's under the hood, but it's a safe bet that we'll see Mercedes' turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine. But none of that will matter much to the people who will buy the Maybach GLS -- the interior will. Definitely expect some massive changes inside to make the SUV a lovely place to be. More focus on backseat passengers will surely be of high priority as well.
To date, no German automaker has really challenged the space. Sure, there's the Volkswagen Group owns Bentley and BMW owns Rolls-Royce. The Mercedes-Maybach GLS will take the fight directly to the two British SUVs. And a fun fact: this will be the first Maybach model built in the US.or , and even the standard Mercedes-Benz GLS, but the and are next-level stuff. Never mind