The revival of Maybach as a Mercedes-Benz sub-brand has been a runaway success. As an example, during the course of 2017 one out of every 10 S-Classes sold was a Maybach, with China, Russia and the United States buying up most of the cars. For the 2019 model year, Mercedes is taking new steps to ensure that the Maybach version of the S-Class stands out just a little bit more than the mere standard version.
Up front, the radiator grille now features fine, vertical struts that accentuate the front end. According to the German automaker, the grille was inspired by a pinstriped suit and actually made its first appearance on the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
The optional two-tone paintwork, which is already a classic Mercedes-Maybach theme, is now available in nine different color combinations. A new option is a double clear coat that is available for all dark colors, helping create a brilliant surface finish with a piano lacquer effect and a special impression of depth, said Mercedes-Maybach.
Inside, there are new interior color options: a brown-black and a beige-black, with various topstitching options. The exterior look of the top model is rounded off by a new luxury 20‑inch multi-spoke wheel. There are also three exclusive 20- inch wheels to choose from for the Mercedes-Maybach, including the wheel with a 20‑hole design familiar from the Mercedes-Maybach S‑Cabriolet.
Otherwise, the Mercedes-Maybach is unchanged; the engine options are still a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 and a biturbo V12 at 6.0 liters, called the S560 and S650 respectively.
Launching Mercedes-Maybach in November 2014 as a more luxury-oriented sub-brand parallel to the performance-minded Mercedes-AMG variants, however, has been a great success. Priced within reach of the standard car, the longer Maybach models have proven especially popular.
The more visually distinctive 2019 models go on sale in Europe in April; the U.S. market will follow in late summer.