Merc wanted to pull the cover of the upcoming 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class just as we were warming up for the forthcoming arrival of the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class. In its holster, the S-Class has often brought class-leading technology, also perceived to be one of the best automobiles in the world. So, things get very complicated and very very decadent as Merc has to give it the Maybach treatment.
So what exactly separates the Maybach from the more pedestrian S-Class? The increased volume, the vertical slats on the grill and the oligarch-friendly 20-inch chrome dish wheels are now the main visual marks of this ultra-luxurious sedan at first glance. With the likes of the Rolls Royce Ghost and the Bentley Flying Spur, it locks horns, because it inevitably needs to carry a bazooka to a gunfight inevitably.
What’s New in Mercedes-Maybach S-Class 2021?
Needless to mention, the current Mercedes-Maybach is larger than the S-Class. Bigger by 7-inches to be exact. The extra space that the rear cabin requires is also 180mm longer than the LWB version of the current S-Class and 31mm longer than the outgoing Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. The car is festooned with badges bearing the insignia of ‘Maybach’ (including the pedals), but you can find those after taking in the stunning two-tone paint job (available in different shades) and all the chrome pieces that accompany it.
It’s just what’s on the inside that matters, as glorious as the Maybach is to behold, as it’s specifically built for rear passenger comfort. That is not to suggest, in any way, the front-passenger was ignored. From the 12.8-inch OLED infotainment panel, the 12.3-inch 3D digital gauge cluster (which displays a three-dimensional image of other road users) to the three screens visible to passengers at the rear, Merc’s second-generation MBUX system envelopes the cabin. Open-pore, organic woodwork with pinstripes runs along with the breadth of the dashboard, rear centre console and the front seat backs.
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Safety of Mercedes-Maybach S-Class 2021
Top-notch safety features are in operation, including but certainly not limited to the proprietary ‘Pre-Safe Impulse’ side feature’ of Merc, which effectively pushes you away from the door by raising the vehicle by 80 mm in the case of a crash. A crash that is certainly mitigated by the adaptive emergency braking action mechanism of the vehicle and the bevvy of 18 airbags. More likely it will be avoided entirely, thanks to active lane and steering assist, blind-spot monitoring and Level 3 Autonomous driving tech.
But none of that holds a candle to the coolest party trick of the Maybach – the fact that with a hand gesture you can close the rear doors. Because touching door handles is for plebs. . Currently, there are six other ways to close these electronically operated doors, but I think the hand signal would be used more often. All-wheel-drive,’ airmatic’ suspension and adjustable damping are all typical characteristics, but overall, it should allow for a pretty smooth ride.
There is also a Maybach mode that can be chosen by the ‘Dynamic Choose’ feature of the engine, which starts the car in second gear and softens the suspension and throttle response for a truly sublime beginning of the journey.
Another ‘Maybach-only’ feature is a rear-axle steering mechanism that twists the rear wheels to assist parking in the opposite direction of the front axle and 4.5 degrees in the same direction as the front axle to assist cornering. These are optional extras, along with the E-Active body power. In fact when it comes to optional extras, one has to learn to read the fine print. Whatever standard on an S-Class remains standard on a Maybach, but optional extras are many of the features that set the platform apart as the go-to chariot sybarites.
Powertrain of Mercedes-Maybach S-Class 2021
When the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class will be launched here in the first half of 2021, it is unknown which powertrain is making its way to India. Whatever it could be, it will be assisted by a mild-hybrid 48V’ EQ Boost ‘device, capable of delivering additional power of 20hp. With a twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 496hp and 699Nm of torque, the smart money is on the S580 making its way here but Mercedes-Benz India still has to draw out the information on that bit.
In a Nutshell
The literature on the specifics of the new Mercedes-Maybach is sufficiently detailed to complete an IKEA catalogue. Suffice it to say that no other brand can speak about, save perhaps, Rolls Royce, bringing Mercedes-Benz into the realm of luxury. There are plenty of active and passive passenger safety features, an intelligent on-board machine that is gunning for the job of the chauffeur and individual seats (which can recline up to 43 degrees) with a fridge and two champagne glasses plunged in the rear, so you know what to do with your unoccupied paws, now that the doors are almost locked.
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