How do you make a statement at the Geneva International Motor Show, known for debuting some of the most exclusive automobiles in the world? If you’re Mercedes, you roll out an even more drool-worthy edition of one of the most coveted SUVs on the planet. That’s the new Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet, which will make its premiere at the Geneva show next month. Here’s why it’s already generating buzz around the globe.
Potent pedigree: For starters, the Landaulet was born out of the legacy of the G-Class Wagon, highly regarded as one of the most capable luxury SUVs in the world. Secondly, it’s the first-ever off-road vehicle to wear Mercedes’ exclusive Maybach nameplate, intended as a far more luxurious take on the iconic G-Wagon we’ve come to love.
Lap of luxury: If you’re familiar with the Mercedes-Maybach sub-brand, you know the beauty of any vehicle badged with the nameplate lies within. Interior features include two-toned leather seats with diamond stitching, available in four trim colors. Of course if you’d really like to take in some of scenery rushing by, touch a button to trigger the folding soft top, which transforms the SUV into an open-air luxury off-roader.
Passenger friendly: Typically, it’s the opportunity to drive a luxury off roader that leaves you craving seat time. But in the case of the G 650 Landaulet, the rear passenger experience comes with a lot of nice perks as well. The most notable include a heated massage system, a large business console with two tabletops, and a two-monitor individual rear entertainment center.
Powerful presence: At the heart of this ride is Mercedes’ twin-turbo V12 engine, which packs 630 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque—and should give the SUV a 0 to 60 time of just over five seconds. Meanwhile, unique 4WD tech enables it to handle like a dream, even in less-than-optimal conditions.
Strictly limited: The only downside of this ride is that the chances of actually being able to land one are slim to none. Mercedes is only making 99 of this edition, which goes on sale—with a rumored price tag approaching half a million—later this year. But one can always dream a little dream, right?