2016 Mercedes-Maybach Pullman gets official ahead of Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on February 18, 2015

At last, the second member of the new Mercedes-Maybach family arrived and will be officially introduced next month, at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Dubbed the 2016 Mercedes-Maybach Pullman, the new vehicle arrives just in time for the 50th birthday of the well-known Pullman saloon of them all, the Mercedes-Benz S600.

Priced from around half a million euros, the first Mercedes-Maybach customers will take delivery of their vehicles at the beginning of 2016. The vehicle has a length of 6499 mm, which makes it 1053 mm longer than the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, and has a 4418 mm wheelbase. Moreover, the height is 1598 mm, making it 100 mm higher than the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

Under the hood, there is a 6.0-liter biturbo V12 engine that produces 530 hp (390 kW) and 830 Nm of torque from 1,900 rpm. As you can see from the photos, the Mercedes-Maybach Pullman features four seats in the rear: the owner and VIP guests are seated in the direction of travel on two executive seats, while other passengers can seat on the fold-down seats facing backwards.

According to the press release, the executive seats have a maximum backrest angle of 43.5 degrees, while the most upright backrest position is 19 degrees. The two first-class travelers have the greatest amount of legroom of any car in the segment as well as 60 mm more headroom when compared with the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.

The rear and driver’s area is separated by a glass partition wall, while a standard-fit 16:9 format 18-inch (47 cm) monitor is located in front of the partition and can be extended electrically. A proper sound is ensured by a Burmester surround sound system, while as an option Mercedes-Maybach offers the Burmester High-End 3D Surround Sound System.

The four seats in the rear cabin of the Mercedes-Maybach Pullman have been arranged to face each other. As standard, two executive seats are arranged in the direction of travel while two fold-down seats face them backwards. However, customers could have the Pullman specified as the exclusive version, which does away with the two extra seats.

Boasting of special adjustment kinematics, the executive seats offer a distinct level of comfort, with the footwell and seat reference point remaining unchanged while the backrest can now be adjusted separately. The executive seats have 43.5 degrees of maximum backrest angle and 19 degrees of most upright backrest position. Interestingly, the cushion can be also adjusted separately, with their inclination and horizontal adjustment combined.

Meanwhile, the reclining seats come with a calf support that is adjustable in terms of both length and angle. As standard, the luxury head restraints have an extra cushion. The new Mercedes-Maybach Pullman offers the greatest amount of rear legroom in the segment, and even 2.4 inches (60 mm) more headroom than the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.

Remarkably, the new Mercedes-Maybach Pullman allows any passenger to get to any seat with relative ease. This was made possible by the large rear doors and the position of the passengers on the executive seats, which have been moved further to the rear. This means that the head of states and royalties could enjoy better levels of comfort, as protocol dictates them to be seated ahead of interpreters. Likewise, this seating layout also preserves the privacy of these VIPs, since the rear roof pillar essentially conceals a large proportion of their bodies.

As standard, the whole interior of the Mercedes-Maybach Pullman – including its roof liner, door frames and seat consoles -- is upholstered in high quality leather. The Pullman features three analog instruments in the roof liner that allows rear passenger to see the speed, outside temperature and time.

Press Release

Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman Maybach

The 50th birthday of the best-known Pullman sedan of them all, the Mercedes-Benz 600, is set to coincide with a special debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show: the launch of the new Pullman. Mercedes-Maybach's second model will assume the top-of-the-range position, with vis-à-vis seating in the passenger compartment and high-end automotive luxury that is traditionally associated with Maybach.

Its length of 21.3 feet (6.50 meters) alone is a sign of the special status of the Mercedes-Maybach Pullman. It provides space for a generously-sized and tastefully-appointed club lounge in the rear, which has a multitude of creature comforts fitted as standard. This chauffeur-driven limousine is more than equal to today's demands for the ultimate in exclusivity and luxury. The VIP occupants sit on two standard-specification executive seats facing the direction of travel. They can enjoy the greatest legroom in the segment; and can get into and out of the car with the greatest of ease and comfort. As is typical for a Pullman, the four passengers can sit facing each other in the compartment with an electrically-operated partition window. The prices for unarmoured models start at around half a million euros (as of mid-February 2015, 500,000 EUR = USD $566,922); the first customers will be taking delivery of their vehicles, which of course offer unrivalled scope for individualization, at the beginning of 2016.

Many governments, rulers and royal families around the world have for decades chosen Mercedes-Benz sedans with the designation "Pullman" to drive them with the stateliness and style befitting their status. With its new model, the company is now extending its unique position in this demanding segment: "Quite apart from providing stately and stylish seating for high-ranking passengers in the comfort and spaciousness for which it is famed, the new Mercedes-Maybach Pullman is of course the embodiment of exclusivity at its highest level," commented Ola Källenius, Member of the Daimler AG Management Board responsible for sales and marketing of Mercedes-Benz Cars. "One can sense the significance and greatness of it in every detail."

The Mercedes-Maybach Pullman provides extremely spacious seating combined with unique features characterized by their extraordinary and perfect craftsmanship. It goes without saying that Mercedes-Maybach offers its customers unique opportunities to individualize the appointments of their top-class limousines. The exquisite Maybach paint finishes, which are applied in several layers, count as part of this specification.

With a length of 21.3 feet (6499 mm), the Pullman is another 3.5 feet (1053 mm) longer than the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. The wheelbase is an impressive 14.5 feet (4418 mm). Furthermore, at 5.2 feet (1598 mm) in height, the Pullman is more than 3.9 inches (10 cm or 100 mm) higher than a Mercedes S-Class, resulting in a tangible increase in headroom.

The absolute top-of-the-range model is the Mercedes-Maybach Pullman S 600. Its V12 biturbo engine has an output of 390 kW (523 U.S. SAE hp). With displacement of 5980 cc, the maximum torque of 612 lb-ft (830 Nm) is available from 1900 rpm.

The name Pullman was originally applied to railway carriages with luxurious open-plan compartments manufactured by the American Pullman Palace Car Company. This name was soon also applied to the motor cars from Mercedes-Benz which were based on an extremely long wheelbase and offered a very generously-sized passenger compartment. In the rear, separated from the driver's area by a partition, there was space for four passengers to recline regally in four single seats facing each other.

Extremely spacious seating in the rear, entire vehicle interior is leather-clad

As its name suggests, the four seats in the rear of the Mercedes-Maybach Pullman are arranged vis-à-vis. The owner and VIP guests are seated in the direction of travel on two executive seats which are part of the standard specification; other passengers can sit on the fold-down seats facing backwards. If specifically requested, the Pullman can also be delivered in an exclusive version without the additional seats.

The executive seats offer a unique level of comfort thanks to their special adjustment kinematics. In contrast to the norm, the backrest is adjusted separately while the footwell and seat reference point remain unchanged. The cushion can be adjusted separately, with inclination and horizontal adjustment combined. For the executive seats, the maximum backrest angle is 43.5 degrees. The most upright backrest position of 19 degrees allows relaxed working in the rear. The reclining seats feature a calf support, which is freely adjustable for length and angle. The luxury head restraints come with an extra cushion as standard. The two first-class travellers in the rear have the greatest amount of legroom of any car in the segment, as well as 2.4 inches (60 millimeters) more headroom than in a Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.

There is one design difference compared with the existing Pullman model: in the new model, all seats are easy to get to. This improvement was achieved thanks to the large rear doors and the position of the passengers on the executive seats, which is even further to the rear. A real boost in comfort for those heads of state and monarchs for whom protocol dictates that they must take their places ahead of their interpreters. This seating arrangement also preserves their privacy, as a large proportion of their bodies is hidden by the rear roof pillar.

The interior of the Mercedes-Maybach Pullman is upholstered in leather throughout as standard. Not only is the roof liner upholstered in high-quality leather, but also the door frames and seat consoles. As one would expect of a Maybach, there are three analog instruments in the roof liner informing passengers in the rear of the outside temperature, speed and time.

The partition wall between the rear and the driver's area ensures discretion. The glass partition wall can be lowered electrically. It can also change from transparent to opaque at the touch of a button. This allows - in combination with the equally standard-specification curtains for the rear windows - for different levels of privacy. The standard-fit 16:9 format 18.5 inch (47 cm) monitor located in front of the partition can also be extended electrically.

Those who demand uncompromising quality of sound and appreciate perfect music reproduction can choose between two innovative Burmester sound systems. The existing Burmester surround sound system delivers the legendary and unmistakeable magical sound for which the high-end audio specialist from Berlin is famous. But as an option par excellence, the Burmester® High-End 3D Surround Sound System provides matchless listening pleasure and outstanding sound quality.

It goes without saying that Mercedes-Maybach offers its customers unique opportunities to individualise the appointments of their top-class limousines. The key account managers in the exclusive Maybach centres throughout Europe as well as the sales advisors in the Mercedes-Benz sales and service outlets are happy to provide further information on this.

The history: Pullman limousines from Mercedes-Benz

Happy Birthday: the best-known Mercedes Pullman, the Mercedes 600, is celebrating its 50th birthday in 2015. Mercedes-Benz first started offering the prestigious-looking variant in this model series as a "series-production vehicle" in 1965. Having said that, the tradition of offering exclusive limousines with the Pullman name goes back even further at Mercedes-Benz:

Three special-design examples of the model 300 in Pullman dimensions, referred to in the vernacular as the "Adenauer Mercedes," were made in 1960. And following on from the W 100 model series, in subsequent years there were Pullman versions of the S-Class 109 and 126 model series (special production) as well as the 140 and 220 (both standard production).

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