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More Models Planned for Mercedes-Maybach Range

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 11/22/2014 Christian Seabaugh

The Mercedes-Maybach S600 may have been the big news from the Mercedes-Benz booth at the Los Angeles Auto Show, but that didn’t mean Mercedes was without other news. We caught up with a handful Mercedes reps, who shed some light on the company's future product plans regarding the S-Class and the legendary G-Wagen.

On the S-Class front, the Mercedes-Maybach S600 won’t be the only model to grace the Maybach name. For starters, an even more exclusive version of the Mercedes-Maybach (if you can even imagine that) is coming to the Geneva Motor Show. Dubbed the Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman, this dictator special will be even longer and more luxurious than the version that debut here in L.A. That said, the new Mercedes-Maybach Pullman may never make it to the U.S.; Mercedes execs aren't convinced there's a market here in the U.S. for what essentially amounts to a factory-built limousine. © Provided by MotorTrend

While the Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman will likely stay overseas, a model we could get is a Mercedes-Maybach S550 4Matic. Given that some key Mercedes-Maybach U.S. cities like New York City often get hit by snow, Mercedes is mulling over offering the S-Class' 4.7-liter twin-turbo V-8 mated to its 4Matic all-wheel drive system here in the U.S. The V-8 would have to be used in the all-wheel drive version of the Mercedes-Maybach because of difficulties hooking up the V-12 to the 4Matic drivetrain.

The Mercedes-Maybach S600 isn't the only S-Class getting some love – the S-Class Coupe is slated to get a drop-top. You can expect to see the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet to debut sometime over 2015 -- given the convertible top, summer is most likely. © Provided by MotorTrend

Lastly, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class is getting some love too. The G550's dated 5.5-liter V-8 is going to be dropped soon in favor of V-6 power. The G550's engine will most likely be replaced by the GL-Class's 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6. The G-Class' current V-8 makes 382 hp and 391 lb-ft of torque, while the V-6 makes 329 hp and 354 lb-ft under the hood of the GL.

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