Mercedes-Maybach’s First SUV Starts at $161,550

Built in Alabama, this fancy GLS will be the most expensive car mass-produced in America.

byChris Tsui|
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First unveiled back in November, we're finally getting details of the first-ever Mercedes-Maybach SUV, the 2021 GLS 600 4Matic. When the uber-luxurious, high-riding Mercedes hits dealerships later this year, it'll start at $161,550 including destination.

That's more than double the regular Benz GLS's base price of $76,000 but, believe it or not, around $40,000 shy of its previously-expected $200,000 valuation. Despite that, the Tuscaloosa, Alabama-built Maybach GLS will still become the most expensive mass-produced vehicle assembled in the U.S.—bar ultra-limited run unobtanium like the record-breaking, 331-mph SSC Tuatara—one-upping the Ohio-built, $159,495 Acura NSX by just a couple grand. 

To recap, the Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 4Matic will be powered by a 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 assisted by a 48-volt EQ Boost mild hybrid system. Grand in every sense of the word, Maybach's first SUV will also mark the first time Mercedes has granted an SUV with its hood-mounted, three-pointed star. Occupants will waft their way through life in two sumptuous-looking reclinable rear seats and ride on air suspension with E-Active Body Control while surrounded by dark wood trim that's been aged for at least 10 years. 

All seats are heated and ventilated while entertainment is can be controlled by a backseat MBUX seven-inch tablet and delivered through a Burmester High-End 3D surround sound system. A built-in refrigerator with custom champagne flutes is also a thing that can be had. On the outside, the Maybach GLS sets itself apart from the regular GLS with two-tone paint, 23-inch wheels, a different grille, and a whole lotta chrome.

Despite their varying price points, the Maybach GLS competes with other ultra-luxury SUVs like the Bentley Bentayga, Rolls-Royce Cullinan, BMW Alpina XB7 and all-new Cadillac Escalade.

Correction [10/19/2020 7:30 p.m. ET]: A previous version of this story incorrectly described the Mercedes-Maybach GLS as having three rows of seats. The Maybach GLS can be had as a four or five-seater.


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