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2022 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class detailed: New Rolls-Royce Ghost and Bentley Flying Spur rival takes opulence to the next level

Is Mercedes-Benz’s new S-Class not luxurious enough? Well, Maybach now has an option.

Mercedes-Maybach has revealed its new flagship model, which is its take on Benz’s recently revealed seventh-generation S-Class sedan.

Compared to the long-wheelbase version of the S-Class, the Maybach’s wheelbase is 180mm longer, at 3396mm, adding to its credentials as a genuine chauffeur-driven limousine, as the extra length (5469mm in total) solely benefits rear passengers.

Speaking of which, the Maybach’s second row is an unsurprising lesson in opulence, with even the calf-rests of the reclining seats coming with massaging functionality. And yes, there’s a small refrigerator for your Champagne.

If opening and closing the wide rear doors to get out is too much trouble, power operation is available for the Maybach. And when inside, seatbelt extenders can make buckling up a cinch while you’re surrounded by lashings of high-quality leather upholstery and wood trim.

When in situ, wealthy audiophiles are sure to be impressed by the Maybach’s Burmester 4D surround-sound system (that’s not a misprint), which has active road noise cancellation to make the ride even quieter.

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Externally, the Maybach can stand out from the S-Class crowd with its signature two-tone paintwork, which has a dividing line that’s applied by hand. It also has a distinctive bonnet with a chrome fin, and “vertical chrome pinstripes” for its grille insert.

While the Maybach has multiple engine options, none of them have been detailed yet, although we do know each will be fitted with Mercedes’ EQ Boost 48V mild-hybrid system, which can provide 15kW of electric boost in this instance.

Either way, a nine-speed torque-converter automatic transmission is standard, with it integrating the EQ Boost set-up’s second-generation starter-generator (ISG) to enable fuel-efficient coasting and extended idle-stop for the engines.

Just like its predecessor, the fresh Maybach will be sold in Australia, with local deliveries to start in the fourth quarter of next year.

Engine and other specification details for the Rolls-Royce Ghost and Bentley Flying Spur rival will be confirmed closer to its launch.