Mercedes Raises the Bar With an Insane New Interior for the GLS SUV

The Maybach line will soon be more than just quilted leather and chilled cupholders in Mercedes’ “halo of halo” models.


Until now, the interior of a Mercedes-Maybach S-Class wasn’t all that different from the ‘standard’ Mercedes-Benz-level S-Class. Yes, the Maybach has fully-reclining rear seats, yards more quilted leather and… throw pillows… but it still seemed like more of an ‘all-options ticked’ situation than a full-on, next-level model. However, if the teaser video of the new 2019 Mercedes-Maybach GLS interior is anything to go by, the Maybach line will soon be more than just quilted leather and chilled cupholders in Mercedes’ “halo of halo” models.

Mercedes giving its biggest SUV the Maybach treatment shouldn’t come as a surprise since ultra-luxury SUVs are multiplying at a crazy rate. Bentley kicked it off with the Bentayga, Roll-Royce has the upcoming Cullinan and Range Rover’s new SV Coupe is the new kid on the block. Never mind the ridiculous G 650 Landaulet — this is Mercedes’ first real foray into the segment.

Judging by the quick teaser video on Mercedes’ Facebook page, there’s certainly more inside than just sumptuous leather. Keeping with Maybach’s modus operandi, it looks like Mercedes deleted the GLS’ third-row seats in favor of more rear passenger leg room and to make way for the fully-reclining seats. What looks like rose gold lines the back of the front seats; there’s a tea set stored in the leather-lined transmission tunnel; if you look close enough, there is a large white flower between the passenger seats — which better be a standard feature.

As far as what’s under the hood, the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine from the S560 isn’t confirmed but is the most likely candidate, which would give your chauffeur 469 horsepower to play with. Mercedes didn’t announce pricing either, but a base price of around $200,000 wouldn’t be out of the question and considering the possible available options, you can bet most 2019 Mercedes-Maybach GLSs will go for closer to $250,000 or more.

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