Maybach at the Auto China 2006 in Beijing
Nov 18, 2006
Maybach 62 S: exterior and interior - Luxury and dynamism in perfect harmony
  • Muscular radiator grille and distinctive rear end symbolise performance potential
  • Lavish first-class comfort for the rear passengers
  • Carbon, piano lacquer and high-grade leather set the tone
The designers have accentuated the dynamism of the new Maybach 62 S by incorporating discreet visual touches which are fully in keeping with the high design standards of the Maybach brand in terms of both style and material selection.
Prominent exterior features include a radiator grille with pronounced twin louvres spaced widely apart, closely resembling the familiar brand design yet creating an even more striking and powerful impression at the front end of the 62 S. In addition, the headlamp surrounds are painted in the body colour, enhancing the visual prominence of the twin headlamps and emphasising the forward-flowing dynamism of the car. This highly distinctive front aspect is elegantly and dynamically rounded off by fog lamps with shining chrome surrounds positioned low down in the front apron.
Eye-catching features of the side design include 20-inch eleven-spoke light-alloy wheels developed specifically for the Maybach 57 S and the Maybach 62 S, which lend the car a road-hugging appearance, as well as dark-tinted glass for the rear side windows and rear windscreen (not in the US), which affords the occupants of the large saloon some much-welcomed privacy.
The rear end is characterised by a new-look rear apron which integrates the two visible, trapezoidal chrome exhaust tailpipes on the left and right into the vehicle contours and thereby particularly accentuates their visual effect. Plus the boot lid bears the lettering "Maybach" and "62 S", the model designation also being repeated on the side wings beneath the A-pillars.
A single-tone paint finish – in "Baltic Black" or "Nevada Silver", both of which are available exclusively for the 57 S and 62 S models – confirms the special position of the 62 S within the luxury car line-up produced in Sindelfingen. Alternatively, an elegant, sporty metallic paint finish in shimmering white ("Antiqua White Metallic") can be specified as an option. The appearance of this particular shade changes subtly, depending on how the light strikes it, and is especially lustrous in bright sunlight.
Generously proportioned interior is a world in itself
The interior of the new Maybach flagship model is also truly special, displaying stylish elegance and the ultimate in perfection in every detail. Pure, unadulterated luxury is the order of the day – discreet yet unmistakable. The overriding aim – maximum comfort for all the occupants – has clearly been achieved, thanks largely to the extremely generous amount of space available, especially for the rear passengers. This is just one of the benefits of designing the Maybach 62 S first and foremost as a chauffeur-driven saloon. A glance at the dimensions alone shows that the Maybach 62 S is in a class of its own when it comes to spaciousness: measuring 6165 mm long, 1980 mm wide and 1573 mm high, it gives passengers all the room they need to relax in comfort in the 2.68 metre long interior. Rear passengers in particular get the full VIP treatment and are able to enjoy all the benefits of a luxury lounge on wheels.
A refined blend of carbon and piano lacquer
The exquisite ambience of the new-look interior comes courtesy of a mix of the finest materials, a sophisticated colour scheme and impeccable finishing, unmistakably demonstrating the high quality-awareness and craftsmanship in which Maybach Manufaktur takes such pride. The new Maybach 62 S is a shining example of how high-end dynamism can harmonise perfectly with impeccable luxury.
The unique character of the Maybach 62 S interior is in large measure due to the vertical surfaces coated in piano lacquer and the carbon rather than fine wood trim, which especially emphasises the horizontal surfaces. The centre console is a prime example of great attention to detail: this innovative composition of piano lacquer and carbon elements lends another powerful and energetic highlight to the interior as a further visual emphasis of the car's impressive performance potential. On request, Maybach customers are also able to order the new version with a poplar wood trim in anthracite as an alternative to carbon.
Perfectly coordinated with this colour scheme, the leather upholstery is available in black, "Vesuvius Black" with black or silver piping and "Aspen White" with black piping. In keeping with the overall design, the shift lever is trimmed in the interior colour, while the steering wheel is lined with black, partially perforated leather.
New high-gloss leather
For the first time, Maybach is offering its customers optional high-gloss black leather appointments with a greater depth of colour for the luxurious interior of the 62 S. In addition, silver-coloured decorative piping provides a handsome contrast and lends added emphasis to the shape of the Maybach seats. This exquisite material blends in superbly with the carbon or anthracite poplar wood trim elements and, above all, with the black piano lacquer-trimmed surfaces that are available as an alternative for the Maybach 62 S interior.
The Maybach designers drew their inspiration from luxury fashion articles such as handbags, shoes and belts. This new individualisation option is based on the semi-aniline leather already familiar from other Maybach saloons. The leather is made exclusively from the hides of young southern German bulls – the best raw material on the market. In an additional process, this immaculate natural product is further refined and upgraded, and the leather becomes even more lustrous and smooth, resulting in another highly attractive interior styling option.
First-class comfort and functionality for the rear passengers
The interior design of the new Maybach 62 S was inspired by one aim in particular: to provide the greatest possible level of comfort and well-being for the car's passengers. This not only applies to the selection and preparation of the fine materials, it also relates to the seats, the climate control and, of course, the exemplary acoustics.
Like the 62 model, the new Maybach 62 S features two elegant, individual rear seats with a unique and ingenious reclining facility that allows even the tallest of occupants to savour a level of comfort matched only by the armchair-style seats seen in the first-class compartments of modern passenger jets. Rear passengers can call up a pre-set reclined position at the push of a button, whereupon the backrest smoothly tilts backwards by up to 47 degrees whilst, simultaneously, a lower-leg support and footrest extend forwards. This means that occupants can enjoy the ride in an extremely relaxed reclined position. Of course, the seat can easily be adjusted to each passenger's own particular comfort needs. The following individual settings are possible:
  • The fore/aft position of the rear seat can be adjusted by up to 135 mm
  • Depending on the individual settings, the backrest can be inclined at an angle of between 25 and 47 degrees
  • The head restraint is adjustable for height (by 115 mm), fore/aft position (by approx. 60 mm) and angle (by 25 degrees). Its side bolsters are also individually adjustable in order to improve lateral support for the head when the seat is reclined
  • If required, the seat cushion can be extended by up to 60 mm when the seat is in the upright position, while its inclination can be varied by between 14 and 24 degrees
  • The position of the thigh support can be altered by up to 85 mm when the seat is in the reclined position
  • The lower-leg support features a two-stage telescopic arm that allows the fore/aft position to be adjusted by up to 240 mm. The inclination of the lower-leg support can be adjusted by up to 75 degrees
  • The angle of the footrest can be individually adjusted up to 110 degrees
Seven electric motors are used to operate this technological masterpiece – three of which can operate simultaneously, depending on the commands input by the occupant. An electronic control unit monitors the complex series of movements and controls the logical sequence. The kinematics of the individual seat components are programmed to ensure that the occupant's body – including the lower legs and feet – is fully supported at all times, even in intermediate positions between the normal upright position and the maximum reclined position.
Adjustment of the comfortable reclining seats is made easier by a memory function that is capable of storing five individual sitting positions. A mere push of a button is then all that is required to move the seat to the position in which the occupant feels most comfortable.
Multicontour backrest for a relaxing back massage at the push of a button
Seat comfort is further enhanced by pneumatically adjustable air cushions in the backrest and a program-controlled massage function. Pressing the "Pulse" button inflates and deflates the central air cushion in the lumbar region at precisely defined intervals and with varying intensity. As confirmed by orthopaedic experts, this pulsating action relieves stress in the back muscles and boosts the metabolism of the intervertebral discs. Each relaxing back massage lasts for five minutes and can be repeated as often as required.
If requested, Maybach can also equip the reclining seats with an active ventilation system, consisting of eight mini ventilators in each of the two rear seats, which allows an even flow of air through the perforations in the seat surface. Thanks to an ingenious system of air ducts, the airflow cools the contact areas between the passengers and the seats, all of which makes for an extremely pleasurable experience. There are three airflow speeds to choose from.
Sophisticated integral system with crash-responsive backrest for outstanding safety
As well as being exceptionally comfortable, the reclining seats in the Maybach 62 S offer an outstanding level of safety – in any position. The restraint system incorporating the belt tensioner, belt-force limiter and sidebag is integrated in the backrest, meaning that the rear passengers can enjoy optimal protection even when the seats are fully reclined. Further safety features include a crash-responsive backrest which is moved into an upright position in the event of a frontal impact and the tensioners on the belt buckles which also tension the lap belt in the event of an accident.
Alternative rear seat configuration
For customers who require space for up to three passengers in the rear, Maybach offers an alternative seat configuration as an option, featuring a third seat in the centre of the rear compartment. If this arrangement is specified, the two luxurious individual seats are retained, while an additional seat is added in place of the standard-fit centre console. The back of this third seat is designed to ensure that all three rear passengers are seated comfortably at all times. If three rear seats are ordered, the controls for the curtain, the lights and the entertainment systems – usually housed in the centre console – are integrated in the centre console drawer unit.
A robust work surface with an exquisite wood finish
Because Maybach 62 S owners will sometimes need to work while on the move in the prestigious luxury saloon, the engineers in Sindelfingen have developed a folding table for each of the two rear seats by drawing on the know-how of their counterparts in the aircraft industry. Lavishly finished aluminium is the material used in this case. The two-piece table surfaces are trimmed with carbon or fine wood on the top side and nappa leather on the underside. Both folding tables are infinitely adjustable for fore/aft position and inclination and are suitable for use as a storage area, a desk or a worktop for a notebook PC. They are housed in special compartments on both sides of the rear centre console, to save space, and can be easily pulled out and folded up by means of an elegant leather loop.
The rear console is the centrepiece of the entertainment and communications package. Numerous storage compartments enable the rear passengers to easily stow large and small items alike. The exquisitely designed interior door panels alone house ten stowage compartments, complete with flap-style lids and a smooth opening action triggered at the push of a button. However, it is the multifunctional centre console between the seats that forms the heart of the stowage concept in the rear of the luxury saloon.
This is where the Maybach engineers have incorporated all that is needed for the rear passengers' entertainment and enjoyment, including a DVD player, six-disc CD changer, one or two telephone systems, a refrigerator box with its own compressor and an intelligent system which holds glasses and champagne bottles securely in position. The champagne flutes – specifically designed for the Maybach using high-grade sterling silver – are held by clips that automatically grip them (and other stemmed glasses) above the base when they are put down. The clips are released as soon as the rear passenger picks up the glass or flute again.
In addition, the rear centre console contains a range of storage compartments and a keypad with controls for the central locking, interior lighting, intercom system (if the Maybach 62 S is specified with a partition) and the curtains on the rear windscreen and rear side windows. Sockets for connecting a camcorder, an MP3 player or a games console are also provided.
Rear passengers can also keep a constant eye on the current road speed, outside temperature and time as the engineers have developed three elegant, circular dials which are mounted in an overhead panel in the luxury high-end saloon. Similarly, the rear passengers can monitor and control the navigation system, which offers extremely accurate positioning courtesy of state-of-the-art receiver technology, from the luxurious comfort of their seats.
Maybach 62 S customers can also order an optional compass which is mounted on the centre console in front of the rear seats. Developed especially for Maybach, it is based on the same highly precise GPS technology as the satellite navigation system. An elegantly designed compass face indicates the direction of two different destinations to the rear passengers – one destination is variable, the other fixed. By way of example, the needle can be set to always point towards Mecca, thus allowing those of Islamic faith to choose the correct praying position regardless of where they are in the world. In the variable mode, the needle can indicate the direction of the owner's house or the vehicle's final destination; once this point has been reached, the ingenious compass signals this to the rear passenger(s) by rotating its face.
A transparent panoramic roof at the push of a button
A further special attraction and highlight in the rear compartment is unquestionably the unique electrotransparent panoramic roof, available as an option. Featuring an elegant cassette-type structure, it sweeps elegantly above the rear passengers like a glass dome and offers them an impressive range of options for adjusting the amount of light that enters the interior. Whereas the roof normally provides a view of the sky outside, it can be made opaque at the push of a button, in which case it filters the light to create a pleasant, diffused lustre. This effect is possible thanks to a layer of liquid crystal film made from electrically conductive polymer material, which is integrated in the glass and whose crystals rearrange themselves when an alternating current is applied, thus making the glass transparent so that its entire surface allows daylight to pass into the rear compartment of the Maybach 62 S. As soon as the electrical supply is switched off, the liquid crystals lose their clear-glass arrangement and distribute the light in all directions, causing the glass surface to become opaque.
The front section of the roof, covering an area of around half a square metre, contains 30 optional solar cells which convert sunlight into electrical energy, generating up to 63 watts for powering the ventilation blower of the climate control system in the Maybach 62 S. Power generated in this way starts flowing as soon as the luxury saloon is parked and ensures a constant supply of fresh air for the vehicle interior.
Light as a design element
The designers also use light as a design element for the Maybach interior. As well as numerous lamps which come on automatically when the doors are opened or can be used as reading lights by pushing a button, the 62 S features ambient lighting (in the form of ceiling spots) which produces a pleasant, indirect light and remains activated in the dark, even whilst driving, to create an extra-special ambience.
An electrically operated sliding section in the roof lining completes the luxurious lighting system inside the car. Its electro-luminescence foil can be switched on when the roof is closed to emit a pleasant diffused light across its entire surface. Rear passengers can dim the luminosity as required by means of a potentiometer in the rear centre console.
Partition with electric transparency control
As the new Maybach 62 S is primarily designed as a chauffeur-driven saloon, it comes with the option of a partition. Needless to say, the unique spaciousness of the rear compartment is not impaired in the slightest if this option is specified.
The lower section of the partition consists of an aluminium sandwich structure with carbon or anthracite poplar elements, while the upper section comprises a laminated glass pane that can be lowered by electric motor. Furthermore, this glass has the same electro-transparent function as the panoramic roof on the Maybach 62 S. Thanks to a liquid crystal film embedded in the glass, the partition can be made opaque at the push of a button.
And so that the rear passengers and the chauffeur can still communicate, even when the partition is closed, luxury saloons fitted with a partition also feature an intercom system.
Two separate systems for a perfect climate all round
Driving enjoyment of the very highest calibre – thanks to the luxurious ambience and generous spaciousness – is further enhanced by exceptional seat comfort, low noise levels and highly efficient climate control.
To provide effective climate control in the spacious interior of the 62 S high-end luxury saloon, Maybach installs a one-of-a-kind system comprising two of the most sophisticated automatic air-conditioning units currently available – one for the front compartment and one especially for the rear compartment. The rear climate control system can also be operated by the chauffeur using a control unit in the front centre console.
Thanks to its high performance capability and intelligent control set-up, the system allows the two front passengers as well as the two occupants in the opulent rear seats to adjust and program the climate control system individually. In automatic mode, the system controls the four climate zones and ensures that the desired temperature is maintained at each individual seat with as little draught as possible. The individual climate control settings for the driver and the three passengers are automatically assigned to and stored in the Maybach's electronic ignition key.
Both systems are sensor controlled and operate based on temperature, air humidity, the sun's intensity and the pollutant level in the outside air; and both units can circulate up to 750 cubic metres of fresh air per hour in the luxury saloon's interior – technologically speaking, a record for passenger car climate control systems.
If the Maybach 62 S is equipped with a partition, the air outlets in the B-pillars and the rear roof lining sections are fitted with additional blowers in order to ensure a comfortable climate in the rear even when the partition is closed.
Silence is golden
Although the new Maybach 62 S issues a powerful sound when accelerating, as if to confirm its immense performance potential, the occupants are still able to enjoy near silence in all other driving situations, which further enhances the stress-relieving and relaxing nature of the ride. This is because, when it comes to low noise levels, the high-end luxury chauffeur-driven saloon delivers yet another stunning performance, achieved thanks to meticulous precision and artistry on the part of the engineers. By way of example, sophisticated sealing systems at the joints between the body components effectively reduce wind noise, even at high speeds. Furthermore, extensive soundproofing measures – including the sealing sections around the doors and additional sealing of the front wings and the roof pillars – prevent any wind noise from penetrating through into the interior.
Another major factor behind the low noise levels inside the 62 S is the sophisticated glass technology used: the side windows of the high-end luxury saloon are made from a special laminated glass developed exclusively for Maybach, incorporating four plastic films in the intermediate layer. One of these films (0.76 mm) is acoustical and helps to substantially reduce noise in the interior.
The glass in the Maybach's side windows is 7.2 mm thick – 2.2 mm thicker than conventional laminated glass. One positive side effect of this sophisticated glazing is the better protection it offers against break-ins: the laminated glass makes it much more difficult to smash the windows by force. The front and rear windscreen, each 6.2 millimetres thick, also contain acoustical plastic films.
The result of all these measures is a sublime level of calm – unquestionably an added bonus given the frantic nature of the modern world.
Exclusive exfactory appointments to satisfy every desire
Maybach Manufaktur has always been passionately committed to meeting customer requests with outstanding craftsmanship and painstaking attention to every detail. And the 62 S model is no different. This is why Maybach continuously develops and expands its official range of optional extras and features available at special customer request. The most common requests received from Maybach saloon customers are for family coats of arms and initials as well as high-quality accessories specially developed for the Maybach, from custom-made luggage sets to champagne flutes made from sterling silver and from humidors to golf bags.
Even out-of-the-ordinary materials – for example gold instead of chrome – can be specified. And an experienced team of specialists is on hand to fulfil the more unusual requests. Maybach offers its customers over two million different equipment and appointment options for individualising their high-end luxury saloons, from deep-fell sheepskin carpeting to traditional comfort-enhancing accessories. In this respect, the latest models produced by the luxury brand follow proudly in the footsteps of their legendary predecessors.
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