The Mercedes Benz G-Class is on its way out and the German carmaker certainly wanted to send it off in style. And it may be surprising to many to see that Mercedes-Maybach was chosen as the ones to create that celebratory piece that will bid the G-Class its goodbye. Mercedes-Maybach is known for their luxurious barges on wheels and not for prepping up off-road juggernauts. But the end result is shockingly good and is more than worthy enough to be seated alongside the G63 AMG 6×6 and G500 4×4 Squared. Greet the Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet – the first off-roader and the fifth vehicle to be produced by the revived Maybach division of Mercedes Benz.
Only 99 examples of this massive, super-luxury off-roader will be made. Powered by a biturbo 6.0-liter V12 engine from AMG, the Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet has 630bhp of power and 1000Nm of torque. Ample enough to not just ride up the hill, but to relocate the whole mountain if it fancies so. 100 per cent differential locks, a low off-road ratio transfer case and similar portal axles as the G63 AMG 6×6 and G500 4×4 Squared are in place to validate the fact that this machine is not just meant to be parked in the parking lot of the biggest casinos in the Middle East and Europe. This bad boy is a serious off-roader by all means. The 450mm ground clearance and those huge 325/55 R22 wheels shout that fact out to those who have questions on Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet’s world-conquering capabilities.
Now comes the part where Mercedes-Maybach really got down to proving how good they are in making cars more luxurious than the mansions in Abu Dhabi. The first half of the roof which is above the driver and front passenger is hardtop. But the rear passengers are protected from the environment by a retractable fabric roof which when dropped down gives the occupants a relaxing and above all enjoyable open cockpit experience. The rear seats are the same as those seen in an S-Class, complete with reclining feature and a host of massaging features including a hot-stone massage. You also get a calf rest, thermal cup holders and two tables which fold out of the center console. And yes, individual infotainment displays are also there for the rear passengers to dive into when the scenery outside gets less interesting.
The Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet will be available in four different shades with three different rear roof colors to choose from. Prices and more details will be revealed when the luxury off-roader makes it official world debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.