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2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 pricing and specs detailed: Is this the most luxurious SUV money can buy?

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The Mercedes-Maybach GLS600 takes SUV luxury to the next level.
The Mercedes-Maybach GLS600 takes SUV luxury to the next level.

Mercedes-Maybach Australia has released pricing and specification details for what could be the most luxurious SUV on the market today, the GLS600.

With deliveries beginning from August, the GLS600 is priced from $358,300 plus on-road costs and competes with the likes of the Bentley Bentayga (from $334,700) and Rolls-Royce Cullinan (from $659,000) in the Upper-large SUV segment.

The GLS600 therefore commands a $102,600 premium over the related Mercedes-AMG GLS63, although it takes opulence to a whole other level while not conceding too much on the performance front.

Powered by a 410kW/730Nm 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine, the GLS600 is only 40kW/120Nm adrift of the GLS63, with both mated to a nine-speed torque-converter automatic transmission and Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel-drive system.

A 48V mild-hybrid system, dubbed EQ Boost, is also on hand, with its integrated starter-generator providing 16kW/250Nm of temporary electric boost. It also enables coasting and extended idle-stop functionality.

The GLS600 comes with four seats as standard, although a fifth can be optioned, so too can the Executive Rear package.
The GLS600 comes with four seats as standard, although a fifth can be optioned, so too can the Executive Rear package.

However, the GLS600’s real focus is luxury, and it immediately gives a strong impression with the vertical slats of its grille as well as the upright Mercedes star on its bonnet. And around the side are multi-spoke alloy wheels and illuminated running boards.

Inside, the GLS600 comes with four seats as standard, although a fifth can be optioned, so too can the Executive Rear package that bundles in two power-reclining rear seats. A fixed centre console with folding tables and a refrigerator for champagne bottles can also be had.

There’s also swathes of Nappa leather upholstery, a bevy of touchscreens and heating, cooling and massaging functionality for the seats plus a panoramic sunroof.

Opulence isn’t just from within, though, as the air suspension comes as standard, although Mercedes’ sophisticated E-Active Body Control set-up can be optioned. Either way, a unique Maybach drive mode can optimise NVH levels for second-row occupants.

Justin Hilliard
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