The new generation Mercedes-Benz GLS will make its debut later this year. It will compete against the BMW X7 and Range Rover SVAutobiography rival. Nonetheless, the SUV will be followed by a luxurious one from Mercedes-Maybach and dubbed as Mercedes-Maybach GLS. The price of the Mercedes-Maybach GLS would be similar to Lamborghini Urus. Hence, it could be around $200,000. According to AutoNews, Mercedes-Maybach GLS would be assembled in Alabama, US. If this report turns out to be true, then it would become most expensive model to be built in United States. Currently, the crown is worn by Acura NSX which is priced at $157,500.
According to expert, Mercedes-Maybach GLS SUV will appeal to the likes of celebrities such as Kardashians and hip-hop artist. Since, US market is dominated by G Class, G Wagon and AMG variants, the new SUV would a different option. Ed Kim, who is AutoPacific’s automotive analyst stated that luxury SUVs helps the companies move forward. For example, Porsche Cayenne helped the company to make 911s which would not have been possible. He further added that Porsche isn’t the only one to follow the trend. Bentley Bentayga uses the same platform as Volkswagen Toureg, Audi Q7 and Lamborghini Urus.
Mercedes-Maybach GLS is described USA CEO Dietmar Exler as “halo car”. It is powered with 560hp V8 engine. We might see other versions in near future as Daimler has secured GLS 600 and GLS 680 monikers. The luxurious SUV might be revealed in China in coming months before going on sale by next year. The plant in Alabama also assembles GLS, GLE and GLE Coupe. It is also getting an investment of $1 billion for preparation of building electric vehicles by next decade.