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Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury concept leaked

by Ronan Glon

The sedan-SUV cross will make its debut in Beijing.

Leaked images published on a Chinese website have prematurely revealed the Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury concept ahead of its debut during the biennial Beijing auto show.

The Ultimate Luxury concept is an SUV, which we fully expected, but it wears a sedan-like three-box design reminiscent of models like the Volvo S60 Cross Country and, if we look back far enough, the AMC Eagle. Its front end stands out with thin lights and an oversized grille with vertical slats, a look previewed in Geneva on the Maybach-badged S-Class. The back end gets a tall trunk lid and lights loosely inspired by the ones found on the S-Class Coupe, among other Mercedes-Benz models.

The leaked images also revealed the concept's interior. It's equipped with Mercedes' familiar dual-screen setup, which combines the driver-configurable digital instrument cluster and the infotainment screen under a single piece of glass for a more streamlined look. The rest of the interior is draped in leather upholstery (some of it perforated and diamond-stitched) and accented by numerous chromed parts.

Maybach promises the design study will be "luxury at its finest." Clearly aimed at the Chinese market, its comes with a center console wide enough to fit an entire tea set, including two cups and a kettle. The rear passengers sit on individual, business class-like seats that recline at the push of a button. They can sit back, sip tea, and enjoy the ride.

Widespread media reports claim the Ultimate Luxury concept previews the next-generation GLS. Spy shots tell a different story. Some styling cues could carry over, notably up front, but the second-generation GLS will arrive with a conventional two-box design. Time will tell whether Maybach will be bold enough to put a three-box SUV into production.

The Beijing auto show opens its doors next week. Official details about Maybach's newest concept will emerge in the coming days.

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