The new generation S-Class with a Maybach treatment was spied testing ahead of its official debut in the international market next year. The new-generation model will get new mechanical updates along with fresh cosmetic detailing.
Based on what can be seen, the new Mercedes Maybach S-Class will get a shorter vertical slat grille that gives it a sleeker and more streamlined fascia. As for the sides, the Maybach version appears to be even longer than the long-wheelbase version of the S-Class in India. Mechanically, the upcoming Maybach S-Class will continue to be powered by the existing V8 engine, while the V12 will be replaced by a V-8 engine coupled with a plug-in hybrid system. Reports indicate that the powertrain corresponds with S580 and S680 grades.
The S580 is expected to be powered by a 483-horsepower 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V-8 and 48-volt mild-hybrid setup. It is believed that the S680 will be powered by the same 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 and a plug-in hybrid system that delivers a power output exceeding the 616bhp output from the existing 6.0-litre twin-turbo V12 engine powered Maybach.
Along with modern safety features like multiple airbags with ABS and EBD, the new S-Class Maybach will also offer a limited self-driving capability. Sometime by 2024, the vehicle might get a mid-life update with the level-4 self-driving capability.