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Geneva LIVE: Mercedes-Maybach Pullman

by Drew Johnson

Mercedes is reviving its iconic Pullman name for its latest Mercedes-Maybach model.

Mercedes-Benz's Mercedes-Maybach super luxury sub-brand is celebrating the 50th birthday of the Mercedes-Benz 600 with a long-wheelbase version of the S-Class sedan known as the Pullman. The all-new Mercedes-Maybach Pullman made its global debut earlier today at the Geneva Motor Show.

Measuring 21.3 feet in length and 5.2 feet in height, the Pullman is 3.5 feet longer and nearly 4 inches taller than the standard Mercedes S-Class sedan. Not surprisingly, those stretched dimensions add up to the roomiest backseat in the segment.

But more than just spacious, the Pullman is lavishly equipped, with standard equipment including leather-covered headliner, door frames and seat consoles, twin executive seats with a maximum recline of 43.5 degrees, power-extending 18.5-inch flat panel monitor and a Burmester sound system. The Pullman can seat two additional passengers on a rear-facing folding seat, but buyers can order an exclusive version of the limo without the rear-facing seats.

In order to ensure privacy for back seat passengers, the Pullman comes equipped with a glass partition wall that can be lowered electronically. The partition can also be transformed from transparent to opaque at the touch of a button.

The Pullman will be offered with a long list of optional extras, with one highlight being a Burmester High-End 3D Surround System.

Mercedes' 6.0L biturbo V12 engine will be charged with hauling around the Pullman. Performance should be fairly brisk with 523 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of torque on tap.

All of that luxury won't come cheap with the Mercedes-Maybach Pullman set to list from 500,000 euros, or about $567,000. Armored versions of the Pullman will eventually be offered, but no pricing has been announced for those models.

Mercedes-Maybach will deliver the first examples of the Pullman in 2016, although exact timing for the car's U.S. launch has not been determined.

Live images by Ronan Glon.

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