Ed Kim, AutoPacific principal analyst, said that in image and functionality, luxury SUVs speak to the tastes of luxury customers far more than luxury sedans do.
“They have money to spend, and they want the most prestige they can get for their money,” he said. “These days, luxury SUVs provide just that.”
The Maybach SUV, based on the redesigned third-generation GLS platform, is powered by a specially developed 550-hp V-8 engine.
The engine is combined with a 48-volt electrical system paired with an integrated starter generator, known as EQ Boost, that can add up to 21 hp for short periods. The Maybach GLS can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 130 mph.
The new model features E-Active Body Control, a suspension system developed by Mercedes-Benz that is powered in part by the 48-volt system. The technology combines a hydropneumatic active suspension with the Mercedes Airmatic air suspension system and allows spring and damping forces to be…
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