Drivers will also appreciate the rear-wheel steering system that makes negotiating narrow city streets or underground lairs easier, while also providing stability at speed. Expect a V12 option to be available in the future though.
The new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class features an 18 cm (7 inches) longer wheelbase, at 3396 mm (133.7 inches), offering an even more spacious environment for the rear passengers compared to its predecessor.
Mercedes Maybach S-Class 2021 is offered in ten dual-tone colour options. The two-piece taillights retain the same design that we're familiar with, but the bumper gains more chrome elements, and the exhaust finishers are made to look more distinctive.
A rear-seat entertainment system is a given, and so are separate climate controls and quite possibly a fridge. And, for the first time in a Maybach Mercedes, the rear doors can be electrically operated at the push of a button.
Entering the front of the cabin via the retractable door handles, we are greeted by a dashboard that is pretty much identical to the normal S-Class.
Another "Maybach-only" feature is a rear-axle steering system which turns the rear wheels in the opposite direction of the front axle to assist with parking, and in the same direction as the front axle by 4.5 degrees to aid cornering. There are two 11.6-inch monitors at the back. The features that stand out are the massage function in the calfrests in the Executive seats and the neck and shoulder heating feature in the First-Class rear.
A pair of comfort-oriented Executive seats as well as the Chauffeur package are included as standard, which allows for individual rear-seat adjustment as well as the ability for the driver and rear passenger to move the front passenger seat forward to create more legroom. The next-generation Mercedes MBUX infotainment system has also been installed.
For making the ride even more relaxing and quiet, the Maybach comes with Active road noise compensation which uses six sensors in the suspension system filtering out the unwanted noises and producing counter-phase sound waves through the Burmester 4D surround sound system.
However given emissions regulations, the Maybach will likely score the same engine as the Mercedes-Maybach GLS600 SUV revealed late past year - a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 with 48V mild-hybrid technology, developing 410kW from 6000-6500rpm and 730Nm from 2500-5000rpm.
Also available is the Pre-Safe Impulse side function (part of the E-Active Body Control suspension), which lifts the vehicle up by 80mm when it detects an impending side-on crash. The new rear wheel arches, thicker laminated glass on C-pillar and noise-optimised tyres with foam absorbers further improve the performance of the NVH (noise, vibrations and harshness) characteristics. 3. Under the hood, it packs a 4.0-liter, V8 twin-turbocharged engine with EQ Boost 48V mild-hybrid technology.
Top-notch safety systems are in place, including, but certainly not limited to Merc's patented "Pre-Safe Impulse" side function' which essentially moves you away from the door in the event of a collision by lifting the auto up by 80mm.