Mercedes is currently hard at work on the Maybach version of its upcoming all-new 2020 S-Class saloon, with this latest prototype spotted above 2,000 meters (6,500 feet) in the Alps.
The S-Class Maybach will remain Mercedes‘ most luxurious product, a direct competitor against the likes of Bentley‘s brand new Flying Spur. Whether it will look better than the latter though, it remains to be seen as we’ve yet to see underneath its camouflage.
Speaking of looks, we have come across a few really good renderings depicting the design of the all-new 2020 S-Class. However, while parts of them do appear accurate as per previously-seen spy images, we still need to use our imagination for the rest of the car.
Even so, we expect the same trapezoidal grille and elongated headlights of the regular 2020 S-Class to make it onto the Maybach version, along with a pair of pointy tear-drop tail lights, positioned horizontally.
In terms of size, the current Mercedes-Maybach is longer than the S-Class by some 7.9 inches (200 mm), but whether that same size difference will be upheld with regards to the new models, only time will tell.
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Then there’s the interior, which will mirror that of the regular-wheelbase S-Class when it comes to dashboard design and onboard tech. So expect a large rectangular gauge cluster display, as well as a massive square-shaped infotainment display positioned above the center console.
We also know that the car will feature Level 3 semi-autonomous driving technology, which in a way makes even more sense for a stretched-out version of the S-Class than for the regular model.
As for powertrain technology, while Mercedes has been slowly ditching V12 engines in favor of smaller and more eco-friendly alternatives, rumor has it that the range-topping Maybach model might still have some use for a good old twelve cylinder unit.
The current Maybach S650 is powered by a 6.0-liter twin turbo V12 with 630 PS (621 HP) and 1,000 Nm (738 lb-ft) of torque. However, on paper it is considerably slower to 100 km/h (62 mph) than the all-new Bentley Flying Spur (4.7 sec vs. 3.8 sec). We look forward to seeing if the all-new Maybach can catch up to its British rival.