- Conceived as an all electric SUV
- Showcased in concept as a three-box elevated saloon design
- A centre console heater tray for a bespoke tea service along the journey
Mercedes-Maybach has just revealed an all new vision of the ultimate in luxury with a concept SUV at the Beijing Motor Show.
The design of the crossover, based on an exclusive high-end saloon and an SUV, the show car combines the comfort and typical strengths of both body styles. These include the raised seating position and the athletic looks.
The show car also merges influences from the Western and Far Eastern hemispheres to deliver an appealing automotive cultural dialogue. For instance, use is made of "Magic Wood", ebony, which is traditional in Chinese furniture design. The same motif is also underlined by the combination of SUV and notchback saloon, which are the most successful body styles not only internationally, but especially on the Chinese market.
The front end is accentuated by the distinctive chrome-plated radiator grille with its fine vertical bars. In combination with the low-profile front headlamps with three lamp units, the grille dominates the front view of the vehicle while emphasising its brand affiliation. The overall exterior design exaggerated with 24‑inch turbine-look wheels.
Exclusive materials with high-grade highlights exude exquisite quality in the interior, thereby underlining the vehicle's superlative luxury. The generous feeling of spaciousness, together with the high-contrast colour compositions, make for a hitherto unattained luxury experience. The colours employed are typical of the brand, such as rosé gold, crystal white and pearl grey. Air vents, which reflect the design of the radiator grille, surround the free-standing Widescreen Cockpit with double 12.3‑inch displays.
Making the ride truly unique and luxurious is the available bespoke tea service. The wide centre console extends through to the rear and is equipped with an integral, heated tray with teapot and cups, allowing exquisite tea-drinking enjoyment while on the road. The philosophy of tea plays a key role in bringing body and mind into balance while discovering the path to inner calm and vitality. The tea service is integrated into a sculpted wooden tray made of ebony, known as "Magic Wood". At the press of a button, the handmade service of finest china can be electrically retracted into the console under a sliding cover finished in high-gloss black.
The highlight of the Mercedes-Benz user experience in the Vision Mercedes‑Maybach Ultimate Luxury is the comprehensive touch control concept – a combination of touchscreen, touchpad on the centre console and Touch Control buttons in the steering wheel.
The Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury is conceived as an electric car. Thanks to its four compact permanent-magnet synchronous motors, it offers fully variable all-wheel drive. The output from the powertrain is 550 kW (750 hp). The flat underfloor battery has a usable capacity of around 80 kWh, producing an NEDC range of over 500 kilometres (according to EPA: over 200 miles). The top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h. Interestingly, a fast-charging function is also convenient: thanks to DC charging based on the CCS standard, the system allows a charging capacity of up to 350 kW. In just five minutes, enough power can be charged to achieve an additional range of around 100 kilometres.
The battery can be charged by cable at public charging stations, conventional domestic socket outlets or, even more conveniently, by induction. The charging current is contactlessly transmitted by an electromagnetic field below the car.