New Mercedes-Maybach S 480 debuts in China, other countries to follow
The base six-cylinder version of the Mercedes-Maybach S 480 debuted at the 2021 Auto Shanghai show in China and will eventually be shipped abroad as well. Let’s see what’s on offer.
The luxury sedan uses the same 3.0-liter inline-six M256 engine rated at 367 PS (362 hp / 270 kW) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) as the older S 450 model. However, the new model benefits from an EQ boost starter add-on that contributes another 22 PS (22 hp / 16 kW) and 250 Nm (183 lb-ft) of torque. A nine-speed automatic transmission sends the momentum to both axles.
The available option list is the same as for the higher trims: 4WS, active hydraulic/air suspension, individual second-row seats, headlights consisting of 1.3 million microscopic mirrors each, and more.
China will be one of the first markets for this new Maybach model. Note, however, that sales will start from the low-tax S 480 specification, while the more expensive S 580 and S 680 specs will ship later.
Prices begin from 1,468,000 Yuan for the entry trim level; the rest of the lineup remains unannounced, so it could be a bit too early to judge whether the S 480 model is going to work best for you. For as bit of perspective, consider that the Mercedes-Maybach GLS 480, which has the same powertrain in China, costs %25 less than the GLS 600 flagship.
Editor Andrew Raspopov