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.

2017 Detroit Auto Show: Mercedes-Maybach SUV Confirmed

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."

2017 Detroit Auto Show: Mercedes-Maybach SUV Confirmed

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.

2017 Detroit Auto Show: Mercedes-Maybach SUV Confirmed

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."

2017 Detroit Auto Show: Mercedes-Maybach SUV Confirmed

"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."

2017 Detroit Auto Show: Mercedes-Maybach SUV Confirmed

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.

2017 Detroit Auto Show: Mercedes-Maybach SUV Confirmed

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.

2017 Detroit Auto Show: Mercedes-Maybach SUV Confirmed

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