Skip to main content

Maybach SUV a possibility, Mercedes official says

Mercedes-Benz is in the midst of resuscitating its Maybach brand, but with British rivals Rolls-Royce and Bentley planning SUVs, it’s logical to wonder whether Maybach will soon get a truck of its own.

The German carmaker is at least thinking about it, according to one company official.

“There are several options within the Mercedes portfolio,” Wolf Dieter-Kurz, head of Mercedes SUV development, said in a recent interview with Top Gear, “it’s just obviously a question of which one comes first.”

If Mercedes follows the same playbook it used for the recently-unveiled Maybach S600, the SUV would most likely be a posher version of the GL-Class.

This would also allow Mercedes to avoid the styling stress Rolls and Bentley are currently experiencing, as they work to adapt their traditional car styling cues to a completely new type of vehicle.

The S600’s V12 isn’t available in the GL, so the Maybach version might have to make due as a Maybach GL550, with a V8.

A plug-in hybrid version would probably be offered as well. Bentley is expected to offer its Bentayga SUV with a plug, and Mercedes is currently going crazy for plug-in hybrids.

The company plans to launch 10 of these models by 2017, and has already introduced a plug-in hybrid version of the S-Class, which could provide a powertrain for the hypothetical Maybach SUV.

That may sound a bit too sensible for what’s supposed to be a no-limits luxury vehicle, but as with the Maybach S600, any production Maybach SUV would probably be more about interior comfort and amenities than power and performance.

Just imagine the S600 Maybach’s reclining rear seat setup in a vehicle big enough to seat seven in less-luxurious circumstances. This thing would be a living room on wheels.

With the Maybach S600 just going on sale, any official decision on a Maybach SUV seems unlikely in the immediate future.

But with the Rolls and Bentley SUVs set to launch two to three years from now, it wouldn’t be surprising if Mercedes came up with something in the near future.

Editors' Recommendations

Stephen Edelstein
Stephen is a freelance automotive journalist covering all things cars. He likes anything with four wheels, from classic cars…
Mel Gibson says he’ll direct Lethal Weapon 5, possibly for HBO Max release
Danny Glover and Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon 4.

The long-simmering Lethal Weapon 5 sequel may finally happen after all, and one of the franchise's stars might end up behind the camera.

Franchise director Richard Donner planned to helm the Lethal Weapon sequel himself before he passed away last summer, but now franchise veteran Mel Gibson has confirmed he'll take over as the new director.

Read more
How powerful is the M1 Max’s GPU? Estimates say possibly more than a PS5
apple m1 max chip

Apple announced several new products at its Apple Unleashed event on Monday, the most impressive of which was the M1 Max that's coming to MacBook Pro 2021 models. This revision to the M1 chip bumps up the core count across the CPU and GPU, with the latter scaling up to 32 cores. And a new performance estimate suggests that those cores could be more powerful than the PlayStation 5.

Notebookcheck performed an analysis of the M1 Max's GPU cores to estimate the performance. Using the M1 as a baseline, the outlet was able to extrapolate that the 32-core M1 Max could produce about 10.4 teraflops of GPU power. That's based off of the 8-core M1 chip, which produces about 2.6 teraflops of GPU power.

Read more
Sonos CEO tries to calm customers, says products will work ‘as long as possible’
patrick spence

Sonos likely anticipated that some of its customers would be unhappy to hear that their older audio products would soon stop receiving software updates, but few could have predicted the massive social media outcry the announcement provoked. So in an effort to calm the outrage, Sonos CEO Patrick Spence has penned an open letter to customers, in hopes of clarifying the company's previous communication:
"We heard you. We did not get this right from the start. My apologies for that and I wanted to personally assure you of the path forward:
First, rest assured that come May, when we end new software updates for our legacy products, they will continue to work just as they do today. We are not bricking them, we are not forcing them into obsolescence, and we are not taking anything away. Many of you have invested heavily in your Sonos systems, and we intend to honor that investment for as long as possible. While legacy Sonos products won’t get new software features, we pledge to keep them updated with bug fixes and security patches for as long as possible. If we run into something core to the experience that can’t be addressed, we’ll work to offer an alternative solution and let you know about any changes you’ll see in your experience.
Secondly, we heard you on the issue of legacy products and modern products not being able to coexist in your home. We are working on a way to split your system so that modern products work together and get the latest features, while legacy products work together and remain in their current state. We’re finalizing details on this plan and will share more in the coming weeks.
While we have a lot of great products and features in the pipeline, we want our customers to upgrade to our latest and greatest products when they’re excited by what the new products offer, not because they feel forced to do so. That’s the intent of the trade-up program we launched for our loyal customers.
Thank you for being a Sonos customer. Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. I hope that you’ll forgive our misstep, and let us earn back your trust. Without you, Sonos wouldn't exist and we’ll work harder than ever to earn your loyalty every single day.
If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact us."
Though it's far from the reversal of the decision that many upset customers were likely hoping for, it is a reiteration of Sonos' commitment to preserving as much of its older products' functionality as possible, and for as long as possible.

Will this be enough to keep its usually highly loyal base of buyers with the company in the future? We'll have to wait and see how folks respond.

Read more