Beijing Preview: 2011 Maybach 52S and 62S

Published by Andrew Christian @andrew4wheels Google+ | Monday August 30, 2010

Beijing Preview: 2011 Maybach 52S and 62S

As parent company Daimler has yet to sign off on development of all-new models, this could be the last ever Maybach. For the facelifted Maybach range, power was increased on the top Maybach 57S and 62S models. This gave the 12-cylinder engine an extra 18bhp to 457bhp. Average fuel economy is seen to improve from 17.22mpg to 17.88mpg and CO2 emissions have decreased from 390g/km to 368g/km.

A 542bhp motor still powers the standard 57 and 62 models. The average fuel economy dropped from 18.83mpg to 17.77mpg and CO2 emissions have fallen from 350g/km to 383g/km.

Daimler made styling tweaks that include a new chrome radiator grille, which varies depending on which of the standard 57 and 62 models and the S variants the buyer has chosen. The model also gets a redesigned bonnet, a reshaped front bumper, modified door mirrors and a new rear light design. With the changes, the model is 11mm longer and 17mm wider.

The standard cars get new-look 21-spoke, 19-inch wheels, while the S models get 12-spoke, 20-inch wheels. Maybach claims that the new-look car is more aerodynamic and now has less interior wind noise. For its interior, the options include hand-braided or crystal-encrusted seat piping, a 19-inch rear screen, a perfume atomizer and a wireless internet function.

Long-wheelbase models feature a electrotransparent panoramic glass sunroof , which has a liquid crystal membrane that makes the glass transparent or opaque at the push of a button. It also has a camera that can broadcast an all-round view from the car to rear seat screens, giving passengers a look around the car without having to look through the centre of the vehicle.

The advantage is that occupants can avoid being seen and they can lower a privacy screen between them and the driver. Furthermore, it was announced that the reclining rear seat that had only been offered in the Maybach 62 will be available in the 57 range.