Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury concept OFFICIALLY revealed

Doris Richards
April 24, 2018

The Auto China 2018 is the largest automobile show in China that provides a platform to many automobile manufacturers to showcase their upcoming offerings in the concept or production form.

What is on offer is a rather odd melding of a big SUV and a big luxury saloon - complete with notch boot - which rides high and has been designed with the Chinese market firmly in mind, a market which still loves a big saloon vehicle but is growing fonder of SUVs all the time.

Gorden Wagener, chief design officer at Daimler AG, said: "The Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury is a totally new archetype of a kind never seen before".

The rear passenger compartment will be the main selling point to offer first-class comfort geared toward those who employ a chauffeur.

The harmonious contrasting elements continue inside, with while and pale colors common in luxury cars accented by "Magic Wood" ebony popular in Chinese furniture. The concept is also equipped with a retractable wooden tray containing a fine China teapot and cups.

It also features Maybach's rather brash take on luxury, with a very "in yer face" grille and an interior which is meant to be opulent but does look rather OTT with its two white leather thrones in the back, and even a tea set in the rear centre console.

Its connectivity features are created to anticipate the wishes of its occupants rather than offer long menus and lists.

Not only does the vehicle offer various "Energising Comfort" relaxation programmes as per the S-Class, but it can apparently read the current mood too, and play appropriate music accordingly. It also knows the appointment calendar and can plan routes accordingly.

You'll get there on electric power only as the concept is powered by four compact permanent-magnet synchronous motors with a combined output of 550kW, while the 80 kWh battery offers a claimed range of over 500km between charges. That's also enough to see the auto hit a maximum velocity of 250km/h alongside an impressive 320km range with the help of a 80kWh battery pack.

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