Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury: A 750hp electric SUV

Mercedes-Maybach SUV side view

The Mercedes-Maybach SUV has been officially unveiled at the 2018 Beijing motor show, and we now know its name – the “Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury”.

We also get a glimpse at its, well, different styling. According to Maybach, the goal was to present a vehicle that delivered on the strengths of both a luxury sedan and a luxury SUV.

Mercedes-Maybach SUV rear view

“The Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury is a totally new archetype of a kind never seen before,” says Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer at Daimler AG. “Our concept combines the DNA of an SUV with that of a saloon to produce an ultra-modern SUV of three-box design.”

Whether that marriage of the two styles has been successful will be clear from the feedback gathered at the 2018 Auto China show, which has just kicked off.

Mercedes-Maybach SUV interior

That the Mercedes-Maybach SUV is aimed at the Chinese market is clear from more than just the location of its official reveal. Witness the red paint, the “pinstripe suit” grille and even the use of ebony inside. Mercedes-Maybach even says that the choice of ebony was because it “is traditional in Chinese furniture design.”

Also appealing to Chinese customers is the fact that the vehicle has been designed for a chauffeur to drive it. Maybach says the SUV’s design has been focussed on rear passengers “and their well-being”.

Up front is the twin widescreen instrument and infotainment displays, with minimalistic design and a simple centre console, whereas the legroom at the back has been designed to outclass the front.

Mercedes-Maybach SUV back seats

The woodgrain and blue lines on the door cards flow from front back, and the whole cabin is trimmed in a crisp white hide.

At 5260mm long, 2110mm wide, and 1764mm high, it’s no shrinking violet. But it’s what’s under the bonnet that’s really going to make an impact.

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury is an EV (electric vehicle). Or at least Maybach says it’s “conceived” as an EV. Remember, this is a concept, after all.

Mercedes-Maybach SUV front three quarter

There are four permanent-magnet motors, one at each wheel, which can be individually controlled, giving all-wheel-drive and torque vectoring.

Combined, there’s the equivalent of 750hp (550kW), which should be enough to move this behemoth fairly quickly. There’s a battery that sits under the floor, and is said to have an 80 kWh output. Mercedes-Maybach says it will have a theoretical range of over 500 kilometres (310 miles) and it has a top speed limited to 250 km/h.

Said to use inductive charging, it can be parked over an electromagnetic surface to get recharged. Alternatively, it can be fast-charged at a station – up to 350kW. Five minutes is said to be enough to get it a 100km (62 mile) range.

The concept is being shown currently at Auto China 2018, but tell us what you think about it in the comments below.

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