Mercedes-Benz today launched the Mercedes-Maybach S500 and S600 saloons in India. Priced ₹ 1.67 crore and ₹ 2.6 crore, respectively, the launch marks the introduction of Mercedes-Benz's new sub-brand 'Mercedes-Maybach' in the country. Out of the two, the Mercedes-Maybach S 500 will be locally produced in India, while the S 600 will arrive here via the CBU route. Eberhard Kern, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India commented, "With the launch of the Mercedes-Maybach, we now expand the current range of the S-Class with the addition of a vehicle that sets a new benchmark for exclusivity and meets even the most discerning of requirements in terms of its appointments. The Mercedes-Maybach, which is the most prestigious and exclusive offering from us till date, will strengthen Mercedes-Benz's unparalleled presence in the topmost end of the luxury car market in India."
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Piyush Arora, Executive Director, Operations, Mercedes-Benz India, added, "The start of local production of the Mercedes-Maybach S 500 is a landmark accomplishment for us and proves our high competence in manufacturing. This also underlines our constant endeavour to offer world-class products to our Indian customers with significant local value addition, in the shortest possible time. Mercedes-Maybach is one of the most technologically advanced products and its local production reflects the highest level of refinement and implementation of advanced technology and flexible processes in our manufacturing process."
One must note that the Mercedes-Maybach is not an equipment line, but a sub-brand that, in future, will provide Mercedes-Benz vehicles with more exclusivity.
As far as design is concerned, the Mercedes-Maybach gets an extended wheelbase (207mm longer than the S-Class with long wheelbase), rear seats situated beyond the door cutout, the Maybach logo - a double M inside an arched triangle - adorns the C-pillars on both sides.
Out of the many exclusive features offered on the 'World's Quietest Production Sedan', the rear-seat belt bags, is a first for India. The beltbag is an inflatable seat belt strap that reduces the load on the ribcage in a front impact and is thus able to reduce the risk of injury to passengers in the rear. In the rear seats, passengers are positioned away from the side windows towards the rear and triangular windows create a new acoustic situation. Special seals optimize the noise insulation, thereby ensuring excellent aeroacoustic performance in the rear.
Additionally, the cabin features front centre armrests with nappa leather upholstery with embossed Maybach crests, analogue clock with an IWC design, rear seats with 'Hot Stone Massage', optional 2x2 seats with folding table, standard extended leg support for both rear passengers or the rear seat entertainment system.
In terms of safety provisions, the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 and S 500 get 12 airbags, Night View Assist Plus, 360 degree camera, Active Parking Assist, LED with Intelligent Lighting System, Crosswind Assist, PRE-SAFE IMPULSE and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System among several others.
Mercedes-Maybach S 500
0-100Km/h: 5 seconds
Mercedes-Maybach S 600
0-100Km/h: 5 seconds
a. Air Balance Package: It includes fragrancing, ionization and even more efficient filtration. A premium room fragrance has been designed exclusively for this model and the AGARWOOD bottle itself is adorned with the Maybach lettering
b. Handcrafted Champagne Flutes: These silver-plated flutes have been made for the on-board bar by Robbe&Berking, silversmiths in Flensburg, Germany
c. Magic Sky Control: The sliding sunroof in a Mercedes-Maybach S 600 is available with optional Magic Sky Control technology from Mercedes-Benz. The glass can be switched to light or dark at the touch of a button and thus creating a special interior ambience.
d. Rear seats with 'Hot Stone Massage'
e. Optional 2x2 seats with folding table
f. Standard extended leg support for both rear passengers