Daimler CEO Zetsche answers ‘Most likely’ to question of a Maybach SUV






From autoblog: Daimler CEO Zetsche answers ‘Most likely’ to question of a Maybach SUV. When Auto Express asked Dieter Zetsche about getting the Mercedes-Benz reimagined Maybach sub-brand into the premium SUV game, the Daimler CEO replied “Most likely.”

When Dieter Zetsche was asked about the possibility of getting Maybach, the reimagined Mercedes-Benz ultra-luxury sub-brand, into the premium SUV game, the Daimler CEO reportedly told Auto Express, “Most likely.”

Those two little words aren’t a firm answer – let alone an indication of timing – but we wouldn’t be shocked to find out Mercedes is already working on one. Range Rover has gone even more upscale, the Bentley Bentayga is coming this year, as will the Maserati Levante. Rolls-Royce is deciding on an SUV this year (we think it’s only a matter of time before they say “yes”), the Lamborghini Urus is still expected in 2018, Aston Martin is raising funds to build a crossover, and there have been rumors of a BMW X7 and Audi Q9 for years. Point being, everyone is busy writing their own invite to this ultra posh party.

The latest comments would appear to put to rest any will-they/won’t-they questions around a high-riding Maybach offering. There were rumors last summer that a GL-Class SUV (a model range shortly to be known as GLS-Class) with revamped styling and lots of luxury touches would join the top-tier sub-brand, but then in November, Mercedes’ global head of sales and marketing told Automotive News, “I don’t want to categorically rule anything out, but at this stage we have no plans for it [a Maybach SUV].”

If and when a Maybach utility does become official, we’ll only be picking up where we left off with the brand’s previous incarnation: a GL-based Maybach was rumored way back in 2007.

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