First Class

Maybach is Mercedes’ premium brand, so it’s no surprise their elegant GLS SUV is the epitome of luxury.
Words // Bill Lindsey | February 23, 2024 | Luxury

The Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 puts to rest any concerns that all SUVs are simply trucks with upgraded interiors. The brash grill is updated for 2024, with gleaming vertical bars and a discreet “Maybach” below the iconic 3-pointed star hood ornament. The 2-tone paint scheme lends a distinct air of sophistication to the 4-door layout. Powered by a 550-hp 4-liter twin-turbo V8 powerplant linked to a 9-speed automatic transmission, the GLS has a top speed of 155 mph and can reach 60 mph in a scant 4.7 seconds — which could come in handy snagging the last parking space at Whole Foods. The interior is a plush salon finished in supple Napa leather and fine woods. The driver enjoys a grand view of the road, with a clean, uncluttered dash and a Driver’s Assistance package, alerting of the any dangers ahead. The rear seats feature memory settings to ensure optimal ride quality every time, while passengers enjoy a 4-zone climate control system and Burmeister 3D sound system;