Exterior:Obsidian Black Metallic
Interior:Black Nappa Leather
Luxury limo-esque SUVs with six-figure price tags aren’t anything new, but the 2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS600 brings the storied marque’s ultra-luxury touch to the marketplace to do battle with brands such as Bentley and Rolls-Royce. The GLS600 is loaded to the gills with fancy features and its handsome-but-flashy exterior will leave no question to the level of wealth or celebrity luxuriating inside. Don’t plan on bringing the whole family with you, as the Maybach version of the GLS-class offers just two rows of seats instead of three, but do plan on bringing your jeweled tiara, diamond-encrusted Patek Philippe wristwatch, and a couple bottles of Dom Pérignon to chill in the GLS600’s wine fridge.
The GLS600’s twin-turbocharged V-8 makes 558 horsepower and can motivate the big luxury SUV from zero to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds, according to Mercedes-Maybach. The engine is assisted by a 48-volt hybrid system that gives a little extra shove right from the start. If that’s not fast enough for you, check out the Mercedes-AMG GLS63, which offers a 603-hp version of this powertrain and leapt to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds at our test track. We haven’t driven the GLS600 yet, but we expect a silky-smooth ride and an exceptionally quiet cabin. An air suspension is standard, and it features a Maybach mode that is said to all but erase bumps in the road.
The EPA has given the GLS600 fuel economy ratings of 15 mpg city and 19 mpg highway. Those aren’t particularly efficient estimates, but we’re certain the big spenders who will be cross-shopping the GLS600 against the likes of the Bentley Bentayga and the Rolls-Royce Cullinan won’t be too concerned with fuel efficiency. When we get a chance to test the GLS600, we’ll take it on our 75-mph highway fuel economy test route and update this story with results.
While the regular Benz-branded GLS-class SUV is a three-row affair, the Maybach GLS600 offers just two rows, both of which offer heat and massage functions. The rear seats are the place to be; with acres of legroom and two power-adjustable recliner seats, riding in the back is akin to traveling in the fanciest first-class airline cabins. A three-across bench is also offered, but c’mon, the executive treatment is what this SUV is all about. Nappa leather covers the dash, door panels, and seats, while real wood trim with a handsome pin stripe add a touch of class. A fragrance diffuser helps occupants create the sensory oasis they deserve after a hard day of being filthy rich. Cargo capacity won’t be as generous here as it is in the regular GLS-class since the rear seats are fixed and don’t fold to accommodate larger items. Mercedes-Maybach says there’s still about 19 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and will offer a handsome set of custom-fitted luggage.