It’s hard to quantify such a statement, but Merc’s range-topping ride is definitely up there. The exterior exudes high style with chrome-plated vertically slatted radiator grille and lower intakes.
Car and Driver notes that more chrome accents the the A-pillar, the Maybach badge on the rearmost pillar, and the finishing strip at the base of the tailgate. A set of 22-inch cast aluminum wheels come standard, but forged alloy 23-inch rims are available.
To help the vertically challenged climb into the vehicle, there are 81-inch power-operated steps hidden in the sills that automatically deploy in one second when a door is opened. Adding to ease of entry is the active air suspension, which lowers the GLS’s body by an inch.
Inside and behind the driver and passenger seats are two reclining chairs with lower leg supports that are set 4.7 inches farther back than in the normal GLS, taking legroom up to either 43.2 inches or 52.8 inches with the front passenger seat motored forward in “chauffeur position.”
The interior also features multiple touchscreens, 64 color LED lighting, and an optional refrigerated compartment that can chill three full-size Champagne bottles.
C&D expressed concern over AMG 4.0-liter V8, writing that it’s a little dainty for a hulking, 6,140-pound ute. Still, the GLS’ engine and nine-speed automatic transmission are capable of pushing it to 62 mph in 4.9 seconds and an electronically limited to speed of 155 mph.
No price has been announced, but it was previously estimated that the Mercedes-Maybach GLS will run for around $200,000, making it the most expensive car built in the U.S.