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.