The 2016 Mercedes Vision Maybach 6 Concept: Is this the Future of Luxury Cars? In its heydays, the Maybach brand was the epitome of luxury haulers. However, the brand was dropped and after lying idle for over 70 years, Mercedes revived it in the early 2000s as a means of competing with the Rolls-Royce and Bentley. However, the brand was not as successful as expected and was later relegated to the ultra luxurious models of the S Class.
However, the automaker seems to be ready to position the brand for its ultimate luxurious models if the new 2016 Mercedes Vision Maybach 6 Concept is anything to go by. The “6” on the concept refers to its almost 6-meter length. The Concept is a 2-door coupe that presents Mercedes future of ultimate luxury models. You will be surprised to learn that the model is not wholly autonomous. According to the automaker, analogue equipments will remain sustainable as driving, as a way of deriving pleasure will continue for a long time to come. The car is fully electric.
2016 Mercedes Vision Maybach 6 Concept Exterior
The Coupe comes at a whopping 18.5 feet long. The hood itself is as nearly long as the roof. At the front, the car features a Mercedes badge on its hood while on the grille it features a “Maybach” script, the only features it shares with current Mercedes-Benz models.
The grille features a huge waterfall-looking element with a chrome finish, a feature last seen on models of the 1930s. The automaker points out that the grille draws inspiration from pinstriped suits. The grille is flanked by thin stripped LED headlights, a first for any Mercedes. There is also a huge chrome finished splitter and two huge air intakes below the grille. Towards the sides of the bumper, the concept also features two smaller outlets.
On the sides, the concept features gullwing doors making it the first Maybach model to spot such kind of doors. The concept rides on a set of 24-inch wheels with body-colored, transparent shields. Thin cameras replace traditional side mirrors, a feature that has helped to improve the models aerodynamics. On The other hand, the roof sits low which gives the coupe a sleek appearance.
The rear features an almost V-shaped fascia. The vehicle features thin LED taillights that stretch the entire rear fascia. A center fin descends from the roof towards the Mercedes emblem. In so doing, the fin splits the rear window into two parts, a feature derived from models of the 1930s.
2016 Mercedes Vision Maybach 6 Concept Interior
The Vision 6 cabin follows in the footsteps of the designs we have seen in other Mercedes concept’s futuristic cockpits. The cabin features state-of-the-art futuristic technology that is expected to feature in production models in the near future. This is contrasted by the luxurious and comfort levels that go along with the Maybach badge.
The first thing that one notices is the vehicle’s huge front seats which look comfortable with generous legroom. The cabin features a host of touch-screens and displays which include the door panels, the dash and even the windshield. The dashboard is very attractive. It features a wraparound background display which runs into door panels. The dashboard features two digital gauges located behind the steering wheel. The center section of the dash features a blue lighting which runs into the door panels and blends with the upper part of the screen display.
The windshield displays important information of the car; it also displays a navigation map. The information is adjusted by gestures. The center tunnel and the steering column are transparent. In addition, the center tunnel features a floating design which displays the vehicle’s electrical energy flow.
The vehicle also comes with autonomous drive capability which is expected of many new concepts. The seats are upholstered in a quality material with a Chesterfield finish along with a Rose Gold accenting. Authentic wood trim is featured on the dash and door panels. The floor is finished in elm (palest open-pore wood). The luggage area is customized to fit two sets of suitcases which are tailored specially for the vehicle.
Engine specs and performance
Mercedes has not released details about the engine that will power the Concept. However, the automaker has revealed that the drive-train will be all-electric. The automaker also went on to reveal that the drive-train will pump out 737 horses which will power the vehicle to reach 60 mph from standstill in less than 4 seconds. Its top speed will be electronically limited at 155 mph. It electric range will take the battle straight to the Tesla Model S, as the model will be able to cover 200 miles.
The batteries will be recharged via a quick-charge function the automaker terms as “visionary”. The function has a charging capacity of up to 350 kW which enables the cart to add a charge to cover an extra 62 miles in only 5 minutes. The vehicle can be charged through a cable connection or an electromagnetic field.
Price and release date
The concept was unveiled during the recent Concours d’Elegance festivities at the Pebble Beach. Being a concept, no price was mentioned but don’t expect it to come cheap if it makes it into production.