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We Hear: Maybach SUV "Most Likely" On Its Way

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/17/2015 Kelly Pleskot

Maybach is far from done with its lineup. Not only did Mercedes revive the nameplate in the form of the Mercedes-Maybach S600, but it is also planning a new SUV under the ultra-lux nameplate.

Speaking with Auto Express, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche responded that Maybach would "most likely" build an SUV when asked about the topic. If it does happen, the Maybach SUV would compete against the likes of the Maserati Levante and the yet-to-be-revealed Bentley Bentayga.

Other ultra-luxury carmakers are also eyeing a piece of the growing segment, which was created by the Porsche Cayenne over a decade ago. Rolls-Royce will reportedly decide one way or another on building an SUV this year, and if earlier reports are correct, it could share a platform with the newly announced BMW X7. Lamborghini has introduced the Urus SUV, although that model isn't supposed to go into production until at least 2017.

So far, Mercedes' most extravagant SUV is the $115,000-plus G-Class, which will differentiate itself from the Maybach with its off-road prowess and tank-like stance. The GL-Class, soon to be renamed GLS, could serve as the basis for a Maybach SUV. No word yet on when a potential Maybach SUV would hit the market, but based on Zetsche's willingness to answer the question, we wouldn't be surprised if there was an announcement in the not-so-distant future. 2013 Mercedes Benz G Class© Provided by MotorTrend 2013 Mercedes Benz G Class

Source: Auto Express

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