Mercedes produces high-end luxury Maybach SUV in Alabama

Mercedes produces high-end luxury Maybach SUV in Alabama
Mercedes-Benz U.S. International in Tuscaloosa County has produced the luxury automaker's first-ever Maybach GLS 600 SUV. (MBUSI)

Mercedes-Benz has built its first-ever Maybach SUV in Alabama.

The GLS 600 is badged a Maybach. Once its own brand, Mercedes now reserves the Maybach badge for its top-of-the-line models. The GLS 600 is the first Maybach SUV, joining a Maybach edition of the S-Class sedan.

Added features and luxury additions require special time and effort from a specially-trained team in the production of a Maybach version of the GLS.

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“A dedicated Mercedes-Maybach team produces the specific interior equipment and appointments by hand in a separate area,” Mercedes explained in announcing the Maybach GLS last November. “The team members, selected based on their skills and knowledge, were trained for this at the Mercedes-Maybach Manufaktur hand-finishing facility in Germany. Two team members are responsible for the complete finishing of each car, which takes place away from the assembly process for the other SUV models. Before and after these stations, the Mercedes-Maybach GLS models are sent to Mercedes-Benz SUV production for final acceptance.”

The GLS 600 Maybach is powered by a V-8 engine, including a 48-volt hybrid system to deliver a total 558 horsepower. Optional features include extending folding tables and a refrigerator with space for champagne bottles.

Official pricing hasn’t been announced, but some industry experts expect the price point to be in the $200,000 to $300,000 range.

Mercedes-Benz U.S. International in Tuscaloosa County produces the GLS and GLE SUVs and the GLE Coupe.

The world’s first Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 has been built at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International in Alabama. (MBUSI)

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