Yet another new car has been unveiled in the lead-up the Geneva Motor Show 2015 and this particular one is the 2016 Mercedes-Maybach Pullman. Designed as the range-topping S-Class and flagship model of the recently relaunched Maybach sub-brand, the Pullman expands upon the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class with a host of new features and luxurious elements.
For starters, the 2016 Mercedes-Maybach Pullman is 6.499 metres long which is 1053 mm longer than the already extended Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. Additionally, the wheelbase has been increased to 4418 mm while the height of the roof has been extended by over 100 mm compared to the S-Class to provide even further interior space.
The range-topping model will be the Mercedes-Maybach Pullman S600 with it utilising the same engine as the ‘standard’ Mercedes-Maybach S600. That powerplant is a twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre V12 delivering a total of 530 hp and 830 Nm of torque from just 1900 rpm. The German marque has yet to announce if other engine options will be available but it is likely both S500 and S400 variants will be available to customers in the future.
As speculated, the Mercedes-Maybach Pullman does indeed feature a 2+2+2 seating layout. As a result, two executive seats can be found in the rear which face two other fold-down seats. The executive seats can recline to 43.5 degrees and when upright, lean back 19 degrees. Additionally, these seats feature calf support which is freely adjustable for length and angle. Occupants of these two seats also have more legroom than any other car in the uber-luxury car segment as well as 60 mm more headroom than the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.
Also in the cabin, leather adorns the Mercedes-Maybach Pullman. With that in mind, the roof liner, seats, door frames and seat consoles are all made from high-quality leather with rear passengers also finding three analog instruments in the headliner providing outside temperature, speed and time details. The front and rear passenger compartments of the Pullman are divided by a glass partition wall which can be lowered electronically and at the touch of a button, can change from transparent to opaque.
Advancements have also been made to the Burmester 3D surround sound system with it now incorporating improved membranes and hand-selected speakers. Furthermore, the appearance of the system has also been modified.
Discussing the car, member of the Daimler AG Management Board responsible for sales and marketing of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Ola Kallenius said, “Quite apart from providing stately and stylish seating for high-ranking passengers in the comfort and spaciousness for which it is famed, the new Mercedes-Maybach Pullman is of course the embodiment of exclusivity at its highest level. One can sense the significance and greatness of it in every detail.”
The unarmoured variant of the Mercedes-Maybach Pullman will start at approximately 500,000 euros when deliveries begin early next year.
THE NEW MERCEDES-MAYBACH PULLMAN: HIGH-END LUXURY-CLASS MOTOR VEHICLE WITH A PROUD PEDIGREE
Stuttgart/Geneva. The 50th birthday of the best-known Pullman saloon of them all, the Mercedes-Benz 600, is set to coincide with a special debut at the Geneva Motor Show: the launch of the new Pullman. Mercedes-Maybach’s second model will assume the top-of-the-range position, with vis-à-vis seating in the passenger compartment and high-end automotive luxury that is traditionally associated with Maybach.
Its length of 6.5 metres alone is a sign of the special status of the Mercedes-Maybach Pullman. It provides space for a generously-sized and tastefully-appointed club lounge in the rear, which has a multitude of creature comforts fitted as standard. This chauffeur-driven limousine is more than equal to today’s demands for the ultimate in exclusivity and luxury. The VIP occupants sit on two standard-specification executive seats facing the direction of travel. They can enjoy the greatest legroom in the segment; and can get into and out of the car with the greatest of ease and comfort. As is typical for a Pullman, the four passengers can sit facing each other in the compartment with an electrically-operated partition window. The prices for unarmoured models start at around half a million euros; the first customers will be taking delivery of their vehicles, which of course offer unrivalled scope for individualisation, at the beginning of 2016.
With its new model, the company is now extending its unique position in this demanding segment: “Quite apart from providing stately and stylish seating for high-ranking passengers in the comfort and spaciousness for which it is famed, the new Mercedes-Maybach Pullman is of course the embodiment of exclusivity at its highest level,” commented Ola Källenius, Member of the Daimler AG Management Board responsible for sales and marketing of Mercedes-Benz Cars. “One can sense the significance and greatness of it in every detail.”
The Mercedes-Maybach Pullman provides extremely spacious seating combined with unique features characterised by their extraordinary and perfect craftsmanship. It goes without saying that Mercedes-Maybach offers its customers unique opportunities to individualise the appointments of their top-class limousines. The exquisite Maybach paint finishes, which are applied in several layers, count as part of this specification.
With a length of 6499 mm, the Pullman is another 1053 mm longer than the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. The wheelbase is an impressive 4418 mm. Furthermore, at 1598 mm in height, the Pullman is more than 100 mm higher than a Mercedes S-Class, resulting in a tangible increase in headroom.
The absolute top-of-the-range model is the Mercedes-Maybach Pullman S 600. Its V12 biturbo engine has an output of 530 hp. With displacement of 5980 cc, the maximum torque of 830 Nm is available from 1900 rpm.
The name Pullman was originally applied to railway carriages with luxurious open-plan compartments manufactured by the American Pullman Palace Car Company. This name was soon also applied to the motor cars from Mercedes-Benz which were based on an extremely long wheelbase and offered a very generously-sized passenger compartment. In the rear, separated from the driver’s area by a partition, there was space for four passengers to recline regally in four single seats facing each other.
Extremely spacious seating in the rear, entire vehicle interior is leather-clad
As its name suggests, the four seats in the rear of the Mercedes-Maybach Pullman are arranged vis-à-vis. The owner and VIP guests are seated in the direction of travel on two executive seats which are part of the standard specification; other passengers can sit on the fold-down seats facing backwards. If specifically requested, the Pullman can also be delivered in an exclusive version without the additional seats.
The executive seats offer a unique level of comfort thanks to their special adjustment kinematics. In contrast to the norm, the backrest is adjusted separately while the footwell and seat reference point remain unchanged. The cushion can be adjusted separately, with inclination and horizontal adjustment combined. For the executive seats, the maximum backrest angle is 43.5 degrees. The most upright backrest position of 19 degrees allows relaxed working in the rear. The reclining seats feature a calf support, which is freely adjustable for length and angle. The luxury head restraints come with an extra cushion as standard. The two first-class travellers in the rear have the greatest amount of legroom of any car in the segment, as well as 60 mm more headroom than in a Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.
There is one design difference compared with the existing Pullman model: in the new model, all seats are easy to get to. This improvement was achieved thanks to the large rear doors and the position of the passengers on the executive seats, which is even further to the rear.
The interior of the Mercedes-Maybach Pullman is upholstered in leather throughout as standard. Not only is the roof liner upholstered in high-quality leather, but also the door frames and seat consoles. As one would expect of a Maybach, there are three analogue instruments in the roof liner informing passengers in the rear of the outside temperature, speed and time.
The partition wall between the rear and the driver’s area ensures discretion. The glass partition wall can be lowered electrically. It can also change from transparent to opaque at the touch of a button. This allows – in combination with the equally standard-specification curtains for the rear windows – for different levels of privacy. The standard-fit 16:9 format 18.5-inch (47 cm) monitor located in front of the partition can also be extended electrically.
The Burmester® high-end 3D surround sound system has been further optimised. Hand-selected loudspeakers, improved membranes and tuning exclusively to the preferred listening of each individual customer guarantees the ultimate in hi-fi listening pleasure. The appearance of the high-end audio system has also been further improved.
The history: Pullman limousines from Mercedes-Benz
Happy Birthday: the best-known Mercedes Pullman, the Mercedes 600, is celebrating its 50th birthday in 2015. Mercedes-Benz first started offering the prestigious-looking variant in this model series as a “series-production vehicle” in 1965. Having said that, the tradition of offering exclusive limousines with the Pullman name goes back even further at Mercedes-Benz:
Three special-design examples of the model 300 in Pullman dimensions, referred to in the vernacular as the “Adenauer Mercedes”, were made in 1960. And following on from the W 100 model series, in subsequent years there were Pullman versions of the S-Class 109 and 126 model series (special production) as well as the 140 and 220 (both standard production).