For the first-time, a Mercedes-Maybach SUV may become a reality. According to a new report from Autocar, Ola Kallenius, the Head of Sales & Marketing for Mercedes-Benz Cars, says that the Mercedes-Maybach sub-brand will ‘probably could go beyond’ the current range of the Maybach and Pullman models. He further adds that a Maybach version of the GLS-Class ‘could be interesting for the future’. The GLS-Class will be the name of the facelifted GL-Class that is set to arrive later this year or next year. The name change comes as a part of simplification of the nomenclature; the ‘S’ in ‘GLS’ suggests that the SUV is positioned at a parallel to the S-Class sedan.
Mr. Kallenius confirmed adding a GLS-Class-based luxury model to the sub-brand’s range would be ‘the more likely scenario’. Dr. Dieter Zetsche, the Chairman of the company’s Board of Management, earlier said that a Maybach version of the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class is ‘a good idea’, as per the report. If and when a Maybach version arrives, it would be only a purely-luxury focus vehicle, without greatly bumped-up performance as the company already has the AMG sub-brand for performance and would prefer letting AMG be exclusive for performance vehicles.
However, even if a Maybach version of the GLS-Class gets the green light, it will probably have to wait till the next-generation GLS-Class arrives as launching a Maybach version based on an old-generation vehicle wouldn’t appeal the market the way a Maybach model is supposed to do.