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20 November 2020

Mercedes-Maybach matches crafty tech to ultimate comfort

When Mercedes-Maybach says its latest model has been “extensively upgraded”, you can be pretty sure something special has been created.

The Mercedes-Maybach S Class isn’t just a slightly fancier version of the regular S Class, it features a number of exterior and interior upgrades to deliver an extra layer of exclusivity. For starters, it’s 18cm longer than the long wheelbase S Class, extending space in the rear cabin to First Class lounge standards. The grille is an all-chrome unit, with vertical bars topped by Maybach lettering and the three-pointed star.

The Maybach emblem appears on the C pillar, and is illuminated in certain markets. The door handles are flush with the bodywork, and the King of the S Class runs on wheels up to 21 inches, with designs exclusively for the range. At the rear, a model-specific bumper and tailpipe treatment sets it apart. The Mercedes-Maybach S Class is also available in a two-tone paint finish, with hand painted pin stripe between the lower and upper colours.

As for how the select few will travel in the rear, amongst the lashings of natural wood and double-stitched diamond pattern seating are a number of comfort elements. Standard features include customisable ambient lighting and 4D sound - “exciters” in the backrests of each seat respond to the intensity of the audio and generate what the company calls “a feelable component” of the audio. Helping manage interior ambience is active noise cancelation, handled by the Burmester sound system which produces counter-phased sound waves to cancel out low frequency road noise.

Interior options include seat massage function (including calf massage), neck and shoulder heating, heated and cooled cupholders (revealed from under an electrically-controlled cover), as well as a refrigerated section between the rear seats. Rear tray tables and wireless charging are also available.

Convenience tech is a big part of the Maybach S Class experience, and includes the MBUX Interior Assistant. The system uses hand gestures to close the rear doors, switch on reading lights and open or close the sunblind for the glass roof, amongst other functions.

Pricing and availability of the Mercedes-Maybach S Class is yet to be confirmed for SA.