Looks like it’s the season of swansongs. It was just a week ago that Rolls-Royce announced the decommissioning of its Phantom VII with a final edition car. Now, yet another icon is bowing out with a special model. The Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen is expected to get a redesigned new iteration sometime next year. So Mercedes is giving the current generation a fitting farewell with a limited run G-Class, a luxurious Maybach-badged Landaulet no less.
The G 650 Landaulet also happens to be the first off-roader from the Mercedes-Maybach sub-brand, and the third quirky variant of the G-Wagen after the AMG G 63 6x6 and G 500 4x4 Squared. Strictly limited to 99 units, the Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet is powered by the same 621bhp, twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre V12 engine that powers the G65. With a length of 5345 millimetres, a wheelbase of 3428 millimetres, a height of 2235 millimetres, almost half a metre of ground clearance, the G Landaulet is a massive vehicle. While the front part of the cabin is under the closed roof, rear passengers sit under a large folding top that opens and closes electrically. For additional privacy, you can spec it with an electrically operated glass partition that separates the rear compartment from the front. Seats are the same that are fitted in the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.
“With the fifth model after the S‑Class Saloon, Pullman and Cabriolet as well as the Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 show car, we are underlining the importance of the Mercedes-Maybach sub-brand for the Mercedes brand family," says Dr Jens Thiemer, Head of Marketing, Mercedes-Benz Cars
Being a G-Class at heart, this luxurious vehicle will also be equipped with portal axles and all the other bits that made the nameplate legendary for its off-road capabilities.
To be produced by Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria, will be officially revealed at the Geneva Motor Show next month, and is expected to be the priciest G-Class ever.