The new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. A new definition of luxury

June 16, 2021 - Since the market launch in 2015, around 60,000 examples of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class have been delivered worldwide. In 2019, with around 12,000 units, more Mercedes-Maybach S-Class cars were sold than ever before. The new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is set to continue this success story. It combines the perfection and high-tech solutions of the Mercedes-Benz flagship model with the exclusivity and tradition of Maybach.

In 2021 the new 223-series Mercedes-Maybach S-Class will be delivered to the first customers – exactly 100 years after the first Maybach automobile presented in 1921. This Model W 3 was already dedicated to maximum comfort and luxury. On the basis of a historically evolved understanding of luxury and superlative quality, Mercedes-Maybach has always redefined the luxury of the future.

An appearance in style

The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is particularly suitable for chauffeured driving. A wheelbase that is 18 cm longer than that of the long variant of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is entirely to the benefit of the rear compartment. The focus is on the rear area. This is underlined by even more refined appointments. The massage function of the calf rests on the Executive seats is a new feature. The First-Class Rear has been extensively upgraded. Another comfort feature is neck/shoulder heating in the rear.

On request, the exclusive appearance of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class can be enhanced by a two-tone paint finish with dividing line. This is applied by hand according to the highest quality criteria. Distinguishing features at the front include the distinctive bonnet with a chromed fin and the Mercedes-Maybach radiator grille with fine, vertical chrome pinstripes. The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class also differs from its sister models when viewed from the side: it features a fixed quarterlight in the C-pillar. Exclusivity is emphasised by the Maybach brand logo on the C-pillar.

On request, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class can be equipped with electrically operated comfort rear doors. With this feature, the doors open and close with no effort at all. Its integration into the infotainment and control system MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) and Active Blind Spot Assist ensures ease of use and additional safety. The rear doors can also be operated from the driver's seat – an important function when chauffeur-driven. In combination with the MBUX Interior Assistant in the rear, the comfort doors can be closed by a gesture of the hand, and stopped by extending an arm.

Digital and analogue luxury in harmony

The interior of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is based on the completely new interior design of the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The large areas of trim on the front seats are a new feature in the Mercedes-Maybach. High-quality wood surrounds encase the rear of the front seat backrests, giving the impression of generous lounge seats. If the First-Class Rear is specified, a similarly striking area of trim is positioned between the two rear passengers.

With active road noise compensation, the interior of the already very quiet Mercedes-Maybach S-Class becomes even more hushed. In a similar way to headphones with noise suppression, the system reduces unwanted low-frequency noises using counter-phased sound waves. The sound is emitted via the bass speakers of the Burmester® high-end 4D surround sound system.

The second generation of MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience), the intelligent infotainment and operating system first introduced in 2018, now makes its debut in the new S-Class. The unique feature of MBUX is its networking with a wide range of vehicle systems and sensor data. Brilliant displays on up to five large screens, in part with OLED technology, make it even easier to control vehicle and comfort functions. On request, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class can also be equipped with MBUX Interior Assist Rear.

First-class driving comfort

Thanks to rear-axle steering (optional equipment), the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is easy to manoeuvre, even in dense city traffic. The steering angle at the rear axle is up to ten degrees. It reduces the turning circle of the S-Class by up to two metres.

Exceptional ride comfort and agility, as well as innovative functions such as the raising of the vehicle body in the event of a side impact, are provided by the E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL active suspension, which is combined here with the standard AIRMATIC air suspension. It is able to control the spring and damper forces at each wheel individually. Together with ROAD SURFACE SCAN and the curve inclination function CURVE, E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL makes for an extraordinary level of comfort.

It is expected that initially in Germany and from the second half of 2021, the Mercedes-Maybach will be able to drive in conditionally automated mode with the new DRIVE PILOT (optional equipment) in situations where traffic density is high or in tailbacks on suitable motorway sections. This takes the pressure off the driver, allowing them to do other things such as web browsing or attending to emails in the In-Car Office - a more effective use of time.

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