Mercedes-Benz has finally introduced its luxury sub-brand Maybach in the country. The first vehicle to be launched under the Maybach badge is the S-Class saloon, which is being presented in two variants: Mercedes-Maybach S500 and Mercedes-Maybach S600. The S500 would be locally manufactured at company's Pune plant with a sticler price of Rs. 1.67 Crores (Ex. Showroom, Pune), while the S600 would be sold as CBU, being priced at Rs. 2.60 Crores (Ex. Showroom, Pune). Just so you know, the flagship variant S600 is sold out within two weeks of the launch date announcement in India.
Mercedes-Maybach is cited as the 'World's Quitest Production Saloon' for the rear seat passengers. The S600 epitomises luxury as it comes loaded with several never-seen-before high-end features like Air Balance Package, Enhanced legroom with leg support for rear passengers, Magic Vision Control, Splitview, Highest level of customization through 'designo' etc. to name a few. It also sets new standards for passenger safety as it boasts of total 12 airbags, including rear seatbelt airbags and cushion bags - a first in India. Mercedes-Maybach is 207mm longer than the S-Class with long wheelbase. Inside the cabin, the centre armrests are finished in Nappa leather upholstery, while the dash features an analogue clock with an IWC design. The rear seats get 'Hot Stone Massage', the optional 2X2 seats with folding table, the standard extended leg support for both rear passengers. In addition, as one can expect, there is the Burmester 3D surround system with 1540 watt with 24 speakers.
Mercedes-Maybach S500 is powered by a 4663cc, 8-cylinder turbocharged engine which develops 459bhp at 5250-5500rpm and 700Nm at 1800-3500rpm. It does the 0-100kmph sprint in just 5 seconds, while clocking an electronically limited top speed of 250kmph. On the other hand, Mercedes-Maybach S600 derives its power from a 5980cc, 12-cylinder turbo motor which belts out 530bhp at 4900-5300rpm and 830Nm at 1900-4000rpm. It touches the 100kmph mark from standstill in mere 5 seconds, while topping out at 250kmph. The saloon is available in 9 exterior colors - Magnetite Black, Obsidian Black, Iridium Silver, Cavansite Blue, Peridot Brown, Ruby Black, Diamond Silver, Anthracite Blue, and Designo Diamond White.
Eberhard Kern, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India, commented, "With the launch of the Mercedes-Maybach, we now expand the current range of S-Class with the addition of a vehicle that sets a new benchmark for exclusivity and meets even the most discerning of requirements in terms of its appointments. The Mercedes-Maybach, which is the most prestigious and exclusive offering from us till date, will strengthen Mercedes-Benz's unparalleded presence in the topmost end of the luxury car market in India. The overwhelming customer response for the exclusive Mercedes-Maybach, even before its India launch, strongly underscores the success of our 'top of pyramid' product strategy that has been the driving reason for customers preferring the three pointed star. With the start of the local production of the Mercedes-Maybach, we are scripting a new chapter in India today."