Mercedes-Maybach to show concept in Pebble Beachby Ronan Glon
The design study could preview Maybach\'s answer to the Rolls-Royce Dawn.
Mercedes-Benz design boss Gordon Wagener has announced Maybach will show a surprise later this month at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
The designer posted a short teaser video on his personal Instagram account that shows miscellaneous sketches of the Concept IAA from 2015 and the Maybach 6 concept (pictured) introduced last year. The upcoming Pebble Beach concept isn't shown in full, but the video suggests it will borrow styling cues from the two aforementioned concepts.
A post shared by Gorden Wagener (@gorden.wagener) on Aug 3, 2017 at 12:05am PDT
British magazine Autocar has learned the "big surprise" previewed by the video is actually a convertible version of the 6 concept, which previewed Maybach's answer to the Rolls-Royce Wraith. Last year's show car used a 738-horsepower battery-electric powertrain.
Far from a simple design study, the 6 is expected to make the transition from the show floor to the showroom floor in the coming years. It will likely launch with a powerful V12 engine, but an electric powertrain might join the lineup a little later in the production run. Interestingly, Autocar reports the coupe/convertible duo will be built in a new standalone factory so that customers can get involved in the production process.
The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance starts on August 17. Mercedes-Benz will likely release additional teaser material in the coming days.