When it comes to engines, the Mercedes-Maybach GLS class is likely to borrow a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine from the S560, which produces 469 hp in the S class. The GLS class could also receive the plug-in hybrid powertrain announced in the S560e, which pairs a 3.0-liter V-6 producing 362 hp and 369 pound-feet of torque with an electric motor that adds an additional 121 hp and 325 pound-feet of torque. This version will debut on the S class in 2019, and it will have an all-electric range of 25 miles.
How much will all of this goodness cost? Expect this Mercedes-Maybach model to start at around $170,000 and (rapidly) progress from there. This is the same general price range of the Range Rover Autobiography LWB but a fair bit south of the $230,000 starting price of the Bentley Bentayga. The difference in the market may be that the Mercedes-Maybach GLS class will lean toward owners of chauffeured cars, whereas the Bentayga is more at ease with being owner-driven. And unlike the Range Rover, the GLS Maybach is expected be more on-road biased -- this may well be an SUV alternative for those already looking at an S class Maybach or its competitors.