At the moment, the most luxurious SUV in the BMW Group is the Rolls Royce Cullinan. As a $300,000 luxury SUV, you’d think that the Cullinan would be in a class of its own. Except it isn’t Oddly enough, its segment is jam-packed with SUVs at the moment and it’s only going to get more crowded. One of the upcoming vehicles to enter the segment will be something from Mercedes-Maybach and it will be based on the all-new GLS-Class.
According to Autocar, this upcoming GLS-based Mercedes-Maybach will share a lot of body work with the original car but with a new grille, new headlights and new taillights. Expect its stylistic changes to mirror the Mercedes–Maybach 6 Coupé from a couple of years ago. That’s not such a bad thing, if we’re honest.
On the inside, the Mercedes-Maybach should have materials and a fit/finish that’s superior to even the most high-end Mercedes-Benz vehicles. That will be very impressive and extremely luxurious but it’s a bit sad that the design likely won’t change much. Though, there will be Maybach-style gauges and screens.
The big news, though, is that it could get a V12. It’s been rumored that an all-new 6.0 liter twin-turbocharged V12 is in the works to act as a flagship engine for the brand. If that’s the case, it could dawn in the Mercedes-Maybach SUV and work its way down.
Even with a stonking V12 and endless luxury, the Mercedes-Maybach will still be considerably cheaper than the Rolls Royce Cullinan. Expect it to cost around $200,000, which is about $100,000 less than the Rolls, give or take a couple of Volkswagen Golfs. So while it might not be quite as opulent or as exclusive as the Rolls, it will be had for helluva lot cheaper.