The Maybach sub-brand has already come to characterize utmost exclusivity among luxury vehicles. Thus, if Maybach unveils an all-new concept with “ultimate luxury” as part of its moniker, it would only be dutiful to take a peek at this new study. As not to disappoint, a new concept vehicle dubbed as “Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury” has just been unveiled by the sub-brand at the Auto China 2018 in Beijing.
As its name indicates, the new Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury represents how the sub-brand views the future of ultimate luxury, as packed in a shape of a premium crossover. Measuring 5,260 mm in length, 2,110 mm in width and 1,764 mm in height, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury is practically a luxurious electric car powered by four compact permanent-magnet synchronous motors for a fully variable all-wheel drive configuration.
Total output is pegged at 750 hp (550 kW), with energy derived from a flat underfloor battery with a capacity of around 80 kWh. This battery allows the concept to travel more than 500 km as per NEDC, or over 200 miles as per EPA. The study has an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h.
The fast-charging function of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury allows a charging capacity of up to 350 kW. Interestingly, it takes just five minutes to gain an additional range of around 100 km.
Adhering to the design philosophy of Sensual Purity, Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury combines the strengths of an exclusive high-end sedan and an SUV – comfort, spaciousness, raised seating position, athletic looks and the use of the finest materials. Overall, the sub-brand was able to successfully and harmoniously transfer the familiar three-box design of a sedan to an SUV-like architecture.
Up front, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury dons a distinctive chrome-plated radiator grille with fine vertical bars in pinstripe suit- style – as seen first in the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 unveiled in 2016. This grille is accentuated by large air inlets crossed by a honeycomb pattern as well as a horizontal air inlet with integral chrome blades. The grille is flanked by low-profile front headlamps with three lamp units.
Just like the headlamps, the rear lights feature a three-part design, as bordered above by a visually vertically split rear window. The rear end of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury also features a modeled under-ride guard with diffuser look.
When viewed from the sides, the concept reveals an upright C-pillar, a long, gently forward-sloping bonnet as well as compact notchback. It also reveals a muscular flank, long wheelbase, short rear overhangs as well as 24-inch turbine-look wheels and electrically extending door handles. A subtle chrome trim is found in the lower sections of the front and rear ends as well as above the running boards.
Meanwhile, the interior of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury harmoniously blends the seemingly contrasting themes of sportiness and luxurious spaciousness. To achieve this, designers employed exclusive materials with high-grade highlights while endearing the cabin with high-contrast color compositions using brand-typical shades like rosé gold, crystal white and pearl grey. As expected, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury focuses on its rear passengers, who benefit from the highest levels of luxury and space.