Bentley Bentayga, beware! Mercedes-Maybach SUV is officialy coming before 2020 and this time the news was confirmed by the head of Mercedes-Benz himself, Dieter Zetsche, at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.
Speaking to Auto Express, Dr. Z has given strong hints at the prospect of a super-luxury SUV expected to wear the Mercedes-Maybach badge. “I’d like to say you will be seeing it, but I’ll leave it at that,” he said.
Zetsche refused to say anything else about the specific tech or design aspects of the future Mercedes-Maybach SUV. Still, previously, Ola Källenius, Mercedes’ board member, revealed the SUV will be based on the next-gen GLS and not the current model. ”I can’t see us doing it with the current platform, so if we would do it, it would have to be based upon the next generation platform,” he explains.
Even more interesting is the rumored drive-train. According to Jens Thiemer, Mercedes VP for Marketing, the Mercedes-Maybach SUV will be offered in both plug-in hybrid and electric guises. “We will also see electric cars from Mercedes-AMG and Mercedes-Maybach, so that’s what we are thinking. Electrification will, of course, hit every car, and we have to be prepared. There will come a point in time where the complete portfolio will become electrified – whether it’s plug-in hybrid or pure electric engines”, Thiemer said.
The future Mercedes-Maybach SUV is probably at least two to three years away since the GLS has recently undergone a major facelift and is not expected to receive a new generation until 2018. Considering the delay between the current S-Class and its Mercedes-Maybach counterpart, we’d think it’s safe to assume the Maybach SUV won’t reach Mercedes showrooms before the end of the decade.