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Video - Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet is a hybrid between G-Wagen and S-Class

Video - Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet is a hybrid between G-Wagen and S-Class

Snapshot: Mercedes-Benz has manufactured yet another insane vehicle by mixing G-Wagen and S-Class and created the Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet.

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Call it notorious or what, Mercedes-Benz is known for manufacturing some of the real crazy limited edition off-roading  models, based on the iconic G-Wagen. We have seen vehicles such as the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6 and G500 4x42 in the past - both of which are a stunning piece of engineering, yet lack that extra punch of extravaganza.

Given the basic anatomy of these SUVs, you may find us crazy for not calling them extravagant, for one, is a six wheel drive monster and the other is available in tennis-ball green. But when you will see the latest creation from the house of three-pointed star, you will realize what we were talking about. The latest limited edition SUV based on G-Wagen to be rolled out is the new Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet.

Yes, you read it right, it's the Maybach edition and not a standard Mercedes-Benz SUV. Not that a Mercedes-Benz is not good enough, but being a Maybach version makes it a really special SUV. What Mercedes has done here is mix the craziness of the G-Wagen with the poshness of the Maybach sedan, and the result is the Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet.

This is the fourth production model after the S-Class to get a double 'M' treatment - Mercedes and Maybach. The earlier being the elongated Pullman and S650 Cabriolet. The most obvious and visible change is the addition of the soft-top to the SUV, making it a perfect safari vehicle for the wealthy, enabling the rear passengers to enjoy a "majestic open-air experience."

To start with the engines first, the previous two G-Wagens featured the lowly V8 motors. This monster though, comes equipped with a twin-turbocharged V12 unit producing 630 horsepower and massive 1000 Nm of torque. Like its predecessors, the G650 will have a four-wheel-drive system with front, center, and rear differential locks, and sends power to solid portal axles front and rear.



The G650 looks the same as the G-Wagen apart from the soft-top roof, that can be opened and closed electrically at will, a Maybach badge on the rear gate and a V12 badge on the front fender. Inside the cabin, the rear passengers will get a glass partition to separate the driver's compartment and will enjoy the luxury, even while passing through the harsh terrain.

The two individual rear seats can be fully reclined, leg rests can be deployed from below, and you can take the full advantage of the G650's long wheelbase, which is otherwise massive, thanks to the extended wheelbase. The passengers will also get the luxury of folding tables, heated, cooled, and illuminated cup holders and 10-inch LCD displays. Buyers can customize their SUV with an option of four interior color schemes, three soft-top colors, and four paint hues.



Mercedes-Benz has decided to build only 99 examples of these G650s. The G650 Landaulet will debut at this year's Geneva Motor show, and it will hit the market later. While the pricing hasn't been announced yet, expect it to be exorbitant. Keep a tab here for the price announcements and further updates.

Also, click here to know more about the other G-Wagen SUVs.

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