Mercedes-Maybach knows SUVs are hot now and they want in on the action. According to reports from AutoCar the German automaker is planning a Maybach badged SUV based on the GLS. The flagship of the Mercedes SUV lineup will target the likes of the Bentley Bentayga and Rolls-Royce Cullinan.
Maybach will be using the upcoming third-generation GLS as the underpinnings for their new SUV, which is do out by 2019. Unlike other Mercedes-Maybach models, the SUV is expected to have more unique Maybach cues versus the GLS. Some insiders are saying that the styling will be based on the Maybach 6 Coupe Concept that was revealed at last year’s Pebble Beach Concourse.
Like the GLS, it is expected to have seating for up to seven passengers, spanning three rows. The cabin design will launch Maybach’s second-generation theme, which will be more luxurious than anything currently in Merc’s current lineup. Insiders also claim it will have a Maybach themed infotainment system for better differentiation from the Mercedes-Benz variants.
Power will likely come from Mercedes’ 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8, but rumors suggest the near $150,000 SUV could sport the well-known twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter W12 as well.
The new SUV will be joining the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class when it launches in 2019.