FRANKFURT -- Daimler today released pictures and details of the Mercedes-Maybach Pullman, its new topline sedan that will start at 500,000 euros ($570,000), six times the cost of a normal S class.
The six-seater stretch limousine has been in development for the last 18 months and it will offer 2+2+2 seating complete with a middle row of rear-facing seats.
"Alongside generous amount of room for high ranking passengers and first class comfort, the new Mercedes-Maybach Pullman embodies the demands for highest exclusivity," Mercedes sales chief Ola Kaellenius said in a statement.
The Pullman is Mercedes-Maybach's second model and is positioned above the Mercedes-Maybach S600. It will be powered by the 6.0-liter V-12 engine found in the S600.
The car has an 18.5-inch monitor, a surround sound system from Burmester and a partition between the driver and the passenger cabin that can be raised and lowered. It can also go from transparent to tinted at the touch of a button.
The new Pullman will use an architecture similar to that which debuted on the Mercedes-Maybach S600, including a re-engineered rear section with redesigned rear doors. Previous versions from the W140 generation through the W221 generation of the Pullman, which this model is replacing, used rear doors and frames borrowed from the long-wheelbase S-class models with an inserted middle-row section from the B-pillar backwards.
When it comes to the interior, no expense will be spared and the forward-facing row of rear seats with integrated calf cushions will be able to recline by 43.5 degrees and leather will cover just about every surface of the interior.
At 6499mm long, the Pullman is 1053mm longer than an S class and its wheelbase is stretched to 4418mm. It is also 100m higher than the S class at 1598mm, resulting in more headroom.
The first customers will be taking delivery of their vehicles at the beginning of 2016.
The Pullman replaces the Maybach 62, which together with its smaller 57 sibling, flopped after Maybach as a standalone brand never achieved the same draw as BMW’s Rolls-Royce or Volkswagen’s Bentley. More than 3,000 were built over its 10-year lifespan.
After critics derided the Maybach as an overpriced limousine that looked like an S class only tackier, Mercedes decided to discontinue the marque in November 2011 in favor of expanding the S-class range.
The Pullman will be offered in unarmored and armored variants with prices for the armored version likely to start at around $1 million, as with previous-generation Pullmans.