Mercedes-Maybach introduced its first electric car

Mercedes-Maybach introduced its first electric car
Mercedes-Maybach introduced its first electric car
27 April 2023
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The partly forced transition to electric traction is forcing luxury automakers to act outside the box. If earlier in this segment gasoline sedans ruled the ball, now the largest concerns have rushed in all directions: the first battery-powered Rolls-Royce will be a two-door, the electric Bentley does not yet exist even in the form of a concept, and the debut Maybach on batteries turned out to be a crossover.


The Mercedes-Maybach EQS 680 SUV was based on the EQS SUV presented a year ago: it has the same 3210 mm between the axles (they did not lengthen the wheelbase for the EQS 680, the overall length is also the same – 5125 mm), but the Maybach version is somewhat wider (2034 mm against 1959 mm) and higher (1721 mm against 1718 mm). Likewise, the GLS Maybach differs from the regular GLS.
The set of external differences comes down to a “deaf” false radiator grille with silver lamellas (only the lower cutout in the front bumper is blown through). The side slots, like those of the restyled gasoline Maybachs, are decorated with logos with a double letter “M”. The EQS 680 SUV was also the first electric Mercedes to feature a three-pointed star on the hood. Unlike the most expensive GLS, 23-inch wheels are not allowed for an electric car: only 21 and 22-inch wheels will be in the configurator.

Mercedes-Maybach introduced its first electric car

The B-pillar is chrome-plated (another Mercedes-Maybach feature, but the EQS 680 SUV also has chrome-plated retractable door handle recesses), and the C-pillar bears the logo of the premium division. It can also be found on door sills. Another feature of the Maybach version is the optional two-tone body paint, which is applied by hand.

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The front part of the cabin is outwardly almost indistinguishable from the EQS SUV in an expensive configuration (except that the Maybach inscription on the lower steering wheel hub gives a special status): there is the same MBUX Hyperscreen digital panel with three displays (the Maybach EQS has its own color scheme of the on-screen interface, dark blue) , but the finishing materials are different. The vegetable-tanned nappa leather used for the trim: this eco-friendly but more expensive technology compared to chrome tanning is used for the first time in Maybach vehicles.
The choice will be offered decorative inserts made of birch or walnut, as well as piano lacquer with line patterns familiar to modern Mercedes-Maybach. Also, all EQS 680 have a special lighting system, which consists of 253 individual LEDs.

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The back row is made according to the same principle as in the GLS 600: separate seats are slightly shifted back, due to which the useful volume of the trunk has been reduced from 645 liters to 440 liters. Passengers in the second row have a wide range of electric adjustments, heating, ventilation and several massage modes at their disposal. The luggage compartment is additionally soundproofed, trimmed with natural wood and Artico artificial leather. So that the noise from the transported luggage does not annoy the rear riders, the compartment is covered with a sealed lid, which is attached to the fifth door.

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Two 11.6-inch displays will be installed on the headrests of the front seats for an extra charge. A 15-speaker Burmester 4D audio system with Dolby Atmos surround sound technology is standard, as are reading lights mounted on the pillar. For electric Maybach, a special palette of sounds has been developed under the general name Aerial Grace (“air grace”), which are reproduced during acceleration and recuperation. Also available in the stock Air Balance fragrance is the new fragrance No. 12 Mood Ebony, with notes of sandalwood and spices, specially created for the Maybach.
The power plant, despite the numerical index, is borrowed from the Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4Matic + liftback. The two electric motors produce a total of 484 kW (658 hp) and 950 Nm, but the Chinese market version (the debut of the model is timed to coincide with the opening of the Shanghai Motor Show) limits peak power to 470 kW (639 hp). The battery with a capacity of 107.8 kWh is unified with other EQS crossovers. The Germans promise that the electric Maybach is capable of driving up to 600 km without recharging.

Mercedes-Maybach introduced its first electric car

Acceleration to “hundreds” takes 4.4 seconds, and the maximum speed is limited to 210 km / h. It is impossible to order the AMG Dynamic Plus power increase and top speed package, as is the case with the AMG liftback. To conserve battery power, the system can turn off the front electric motor. Like a regular EQS SUV, the Maybach electric crossover has five driving modes – Eco, Sport, Individual, Offroad (in which the electronics will raise the suspension by 35 mm) and Maybach: the latter replaced the basic Comfort preset. The Germans claim that in the “Maybach-mode” regular air struts work to minimize rear body roll.

Mercedes-Maybach introduced its first electric car

The rear axle steering at an angle of up to 4.5 ° is available by default, but you will have to pay extra for a “full” 10 ° even in the Maybach (this can be done directly on the central display): with this option, the turning radius will be reduced from 11.9 to 11 m.

The second crossover from Maybach will be assembled in the same place as the first one – in Alabama, on the same line with the usual EQE SUV and EQS SUV. The initial price has not yet been announced, but there is every reason to believe that it will approach 200,000 euros.

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