Mercedes-Benz raised the bar for luxury sedans when they introduced the all-new 2021 S-Class earlier this year. But what if you still find the regular S-Class still “lacking”? If that's the case, then Mercedes has got you covered too. The German marque has just revealed the newest member of the most luxurious member of its full-size model – the 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.
Just like the previous-generation Maybach S-Class, this new one features a uniquely long body. For reference, it's even longer than the long-wheelbase S-Class by nearly 200 mm. The wheelbase has also been extended by 180mm compared to the longer S-Class sedan. As a result, the rear doors, rear fenders, and roof on this model are all Maybach specific. Talk about exclusive.
On the outside, the design is similar to the current-generation W223 S-Class. It does, however, feature a unique grille with vertical slats – a design that has become a staple on modern Maybach models. The Maybach logo on the rear pillar is now illuminated which will certainly help set it apart from other S-Class models on the road. Mercedes also offers the new Maybach with three wheel options ranging from 19- up to 21-inch units. However, it's the retro-style 20-inch “monoblock” wheels that give the Maybach a more distinct look. If a single color paint job isn't flashy enough, there are ten available two-tone paint schemes to choose from.
While it looks good on the outside, the magic of the Maybach is inside the cabin. But before even stepping in, the extended rear doors can be opened electronically from either the driver seat or by using the key fob. As far as the interior goes, it has everything and everything else you can think of. No doubt it makes the interior of standard S-Class look plain in comparison.
Once onboard, VIP passengers can fully enjoy the larger cabin thanks to the extended wheelbase and body. The rear seats can also be adjusted to a more laid back position and even includes a deployable leg rest. Tabletops, large screens allow occupants to work or relax. There's even an optional champagne cooler with champagne flutes included because why not. The front passenger seat can also be moved forward via chauffeur mode.
Speaking of, the driver and front passenger aren't left out with luxury amenities. It's essentially the same as the standard S-Class featuring a 12.8-inch display front and center, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. The next-generation Mercedes MBUX infotainment system has also been installed.
For the time being, the 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is only available with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with EQ Boost mild-hybrid tech producing 496 horsepower and 700 Nm torque. A 9-speed automatic gearbox sends power to all four wheels via the 4-Matic all-wheel-drive system. Expect a V12 option to be available in the future though.
Mercedes has not released a price for the 2021 Maybach S-Class just yet. Expect it to be double or even more than that of a standard S-Class if you tick all the options.