Mercedes-Maybach SUV Confirmed — Electric Powertrain On The Cards

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German carmaker Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that its luxury brand Maybach will launch a SUV in the future. The SUV is expected to sit on top of the Mercedes range of SUVs much like the sedans bearing its name do.

Speaking to AutoExpress at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, the Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Dieter Zetsche said, "I'd like to say you will be seeing it, but I'll leave it at that."

While no details about the new car were given, the new Maybach-branded SUV is expected to compete with the likes of the Porsche Cayenne, Bentley Bentayga and the upcoming Rolls-Royce Project Cullinan SUV.

The new Maybach SUV is also set to go down the electrification route, with Jens Thiemer, the Mercedes VP for Marketing telling AutoExpress, "We will, I call it, begin 'EQ-ing' our cars. We will also see electric cars from Mercedes-AMG and Mercedes-Maybach, so that's what we are thinking."

"Electrification will, of course, hit every car, and we have to be prepared. There will come a point in time where the complete portfolio will become electrified - whether it's plug-in hybrid or pure electric engines."

Theimer's quip about 'EQ-ing' the upcoming car refers to Merc's electric EQ sub-brand that was unveiled at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

The new Mercedes-Maybach SUV is expected to enter production by the end of the decade and is expected to be based on the GLS SUV.

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Story first published: Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 20:13 [IST]
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