Holiday Gift Idea: The 2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
holiday gift idea the 2021 mercedes maybach gls 600

Mercedes-Benz has been committed to building many of its vehicles in North America for some time, and has bestowed an important and ultra expensive new version of the GLS upon its plant in Alabama. At around $200,000, it will be the most expensive passenger vehicle produced in the United States. It’s an on-trend holiday gift for your spouse in The Current Year!

Mercedes is currently building its first mass-produced Maybach-branded SUV (that G-Wagen doesn’t count), and wants a supply on dealer lots for the holiday shopping season. A pinnacle trim on the GLS, it transforms the luxurious family SUV into an ultra-luxurious family SUV and supplements its Mercedes badges with Maybach ones. This is a key difference to the pure Maybach models of the early and mid-2000s, as those sedans were not considered Mercedes models, and did not wear any Mercedes badging. With this new Maybach trim, Mercedes is aiming a little lower while still aiming out of reach of most consumers. Think CEO instead of sheik.

The plant assigned to build the new GLS is Mercedes’ Vance, Alabama facility, which presently builds both versions of the GLE and the standard GLS. The Maybach GLS has technically been in production since September but experienced some delays to market earlier in the year as the plant shut down entirely due to COVID-19.

Base price on the GLS Maybach is $161,550, but the one you want with all the options ends up just shy of $200,000. As you’d expect, there’s special paint, an interior of heightened vulgarity, and more impracticality for which you will pay extra. Buyers can order the third row of seats removed, and have the space instead function as a partition between the second-row captain’s chairs and a reduced cargo area. Wheels and grilles with hundreds of spokes and a two-tone paint job are also present. A 4.0-liter biturbo engine is standard, which makes 550 horsepower and rockets the GLS to 60 in 4.8 seconds.

It’s speeding to your local Mercedes-Benz showroom in December, so plan your finance accordingly.

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  • Conundrum Conundrum on Oct 27, 2020

    One can be assured that those who can afford one of these chariots gives not one damn what any of you under-asseted losers think about it. Of course, those who can afford a new Rolls Royce Ghost look down on this thing as the tinny cheap and vulgar crossover for the nouveau riche that it undubitably is.

  • Old_WRX Old_WRX on Oct 27, 2020

    If they don't offer that interior in magenta crushed velour fabric it would be such a shame.

  • Nrd515 I bought an '88 S10 Blazer with the 4.3. We had it 4 years and put just about 48K on it with a bunch of trips to Nebraska and S. Dakota to see relatives. It had a couple of minor issues when new, a piece of trim fell off the first day, and it had a seriously big oil leak soon after we got it. The amazinly tiny starter failed at about 40K, it was fixed under some sort of secret warranty and we got a new Silverado as a loaner. Other than that, and a couple of tires that blew when I ran over some junk on the road, it was a rock. I hated the dash instrumentation, and being built like a gorilla, it was about an inch and a half too narrow for my giant shoulders, but it drove fine, and was my second most trouble free vehicle ever, only beaten by my '82 K5 Blazer, which had zero issues for nearly 50K miles. We sold the S10 to a friend, who had it over 20 years and over 400,000 miles on the original short block! It had a couple of transmissions, a couple of valve jobs, a rear end rebuild at 300K, was stolen and vandalized twice, cut open like a tin can when a diabetic truck driver passed out(We were all impressed at the lack of rust inside the rear quarters at almost 10 years old, and it just went on and on. Ziebart did a good job on that Blazer. All three of his sons learned to drive in it, and it was only sent to the boneyard when the area above the windshield had rusted to the point it was like taking a shower when it rained. He now has a Jeep that he's put a ton of money into. He says he misses the S10's reliablity a lot these days, the Jeep is in the shop a lot.
  • Jeff S Most densely populated areas have emission testing and removing catalytic converters and altering pollution devices will cause your vehicle to fail emission testing which could effect renewing license plates. In less populated areas where emission testing is not done there would probably not be any legal consequences and the converter could either be removed or gutted both without having to buy specific parts for bypassing emissions. Tampering with emission systems would make it harder to resell a vehicle but if you plan on keeping the vehicle and literally running it till the wheels fall off there is not much that can be done if there is no emission testing. I did have a cat removed on a car long before mandatory emission testing and it did get better mpgs and it ran better. Also had a cat gutted on my S-10 which was close to 20 years old which increased performance and efficiency but that was in a state that did not require emission testing just that reformulated gas be sold during the Summer months. I would probably not do it again because after market converters are not that expensive on older S-10s compared to many of the newer vehicles. On newer vehicles it can effect other systems that are related to the operating and the running of the vehicle. A little harder to defeat pollution devices on newer vehicles with all the systems run by microprocessors but if someone wants to do it they can. This law could be addressing the modified diesels that are made into coal rollers just as much as the gasoline powered vehicles with cats. You probably will still be able to buy equipment that would modify the performance of a vehicles as long as the emission equipment is not altered.
  • ToolGuy I wonder if Vin Diesel requires DEF.(Does he have issues with Sulfur in concentrations above 15ppm?)
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  • Kevin Ford can do what it's always done. Offer buyouts to retirement age employees, and transfers to operating facilities to those who aren't retirement age. Plus, the transition to electric isn't going to be a finger snap one time event. It's going to occur over a few model years. What's a more interesting question is: Where will today's youth find jobs in the auto industry given the lower employment levels?