The latest crossover to join the super-luxury crowd is the forthcoming Mercedes-Maybach SUV and it has been caught testing in the wild.
Video captured this week, in Maybach’s home town of Stuttgart, shows the hulking giant SUV meandering in everyday traffic, and while the footage doesn’t reveal much about the vehicle, there are a few details which make us certain that this is the new Maybach SUV and not just a Mercedes-Benz GLS update.
The overall side profile is very similar to the GLS, but with detail changes, and with Mercedes-Benz’s design language for its new generation products a bit more curvy, to retain the larger, blocky shape seems a bit underdone.
What it looks like is an old GLS body fitted over the top of the Mercedes-Maybach interior.
A view of the side as the SUV drives past also gives us a clear shot of the door handles, which look more premium than the standard GLS fitment, and the wheel-arches are fractionally more flared than the GLS, along with a scalloped body line.
LED laser lighting features in the headlights, while a different front bumper sits up front, and a mock grille takes the place of what Maybach will slot in there. The rear quarter window has also been altered, with plenty of foam padding to disguise its features.
What’s interesting is that Maybach has said that it will offer a more saloon like experience, which means this may not be the body we’ll see after all.
We’re also thrown off the scent by the GLS’s roof rails, which will be undoubtedly ditched when the new Maybach SUV goes into production next year.
Another interesting detail is that you can’t hear it at all. Normally, in these spy videos, you get a sense of what’s under the hood from the sound, but this one is unusually silent.
Could it be an electric drivetrain, or at the very least a hybrid? We’ll have to wait and see.
You can read more info on the new Mercedes-Maybach SUV here, but it will be built to compete with the Bentley Bentayga, Range Rover SV Coupe and Rolls-Royce Cullinan.
Currently, we’re looking to see it revealed as a concept at the Beijing Motor Show late this month, with a production version to be possibly shown in November at the Los Angeles Motor Show.
Under the bonnet will almost certainly be the same 4.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V8 found in Mercedes-AMG applications, with a nine-speed automatic.
SUV Authority will bring you more details when they come to hand.