Interior design: Sure-footed styling and authentic luxury

Nov 21, 2019

The interior of the Mercedes-Maybach uses the generous dimensions of the GLS to offer drivers and passengers comfortable seating on all four or five seats. It is conceived as a feel-good zone where the driver and passengers are able to use their time as they wish in extraordinary comfort. Especially the Executive Rear can be used both as an office and as a private relaxation zone. The integration of digital devices plays an important role in every seat. High-resolution displays with brilliant graphics and touchscreens for controlling the extensive features further enhance the luxurious ambience. The Mercedes-Maybach user can perfectly integrate his or her digital environment into the car, whether as a self-driver or being chauffeured.

The character of the interior is particularly reflected in the high-grade materials, which are fitted and finished with great care and a high level of craftsmanship. The generosity and luxury of the Mercedes-Maybach are reflected for example in the nappa leather lined dashboard and the horizontal, chrome-look louvres of the air vents. The latter make a discreet reference to typical Mercedes-Maybach details from the exterior design, e.g. the pinstripe decor of the radiator grille or the horizontal connecting piece of the tailpipe trim elements. Alongside other options, two decors are available for the wood trim elements that echo the pinstripe motif (see Under the Microscope).

The central element in the dashboard's design is an impressively sized screen unit embedded in an energetic, distinctively styled and fully leather-lined instrument panel. The instrument panel flows into the door panels, and the integral trim element likewise extends into the doors. At the same time, it creates the impression that the upper cockpit section is floating. The instrument cluster and media display (2 x 12.3-inch as standard) are housed behind a shared continuous glass surface to form a large free-standing screen.

When the ignition is switched on, the passengers are welcomed on all screens by an animation with Maybach lettering and an exclusive colour combination. There is then a choice of different display styles such as Sport, Progressive or Discreet, which contain different numbers of displays and adjust the ambience to suit the current mood. An emotive presentation with brilliant graphics underlines the comprehensibility of the intuitive control structure. One unique feature of MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) is its learning capability thanks to artificial intelligence. A further display style has been designed exclusively for the Mercedes‑Maybach – Maybach Classic. In this case the overall mood is darkened to deep blue. Figures, needles and bezels are presented in rosé gold. The virtual glazing of the tubes is discreetly engraved.

The instrument cluster is divided into three separately selectable display zones – the two dial instruments and the central display field positioned between them. All three zones can be intuitively configured using the left touch control button in the steering wheel, allowing a very high degree of individualisation. The driver can individually combine three functions and displays that are important for his or her route and driving style.

The multifunction steering wheel of the Mercedes-Maybach GLS with its rim in nappa leather or optionally wood is pleasant to the touch, matches the upholstery and trim and is heatable on request. The boss with the driver airbag is leather-covered to match. The left and right spokes have control arrays with touch buttons, and Maybach lettering on the clasp. There is a touchpad in the centre console as a further means of controlling many vehicle functions. The prominent, raised centre console creates a robust contrast with the flee-floating appearance of the dashboard. The console carries two robust, leather-covered grab handles as a gentle reminder of the car's SUV character. It also features an elegant handrest with the exclusive Maybach emblem.

Ambience from the yachting world and rosé gold as a symbolic Mercedes-Maybach colour

The high-gloss or open-pore wood surfaces of the trim elements, plus the upholstery in nappa magma grey/black or nappa mahogany brown/macchiato beige as standard ensure a very high perceived value. The same colour combinations are also available for the optional designo Leather package. For this a lighter upholstery colour in crystal white/silver grey pearl will become available as an alternative soon after market launch, awakening associations with interior design in luxury yacht-building and thereby underlining the high quality of the selected materials. One typical Mercedes‑Maybach detail is the colour rosé gold for the piping on the white leather.

Another feature exhibiting a high level of craftsmanship are the multiple box pleats along the centreline of the seat upholstery. The leather is indented at the centre, and the two halves on the sides are folded in to face each other and form two padded pockets opposing each other across the indentation. The two pockets are sewn together at the top and bottom. The result is a smooth, stretched seat surface that can adapt itself to the contours of the back and is taut where the seat is supposed to give way less. The box pleat motif is repeated in the cushions accompanying the Leather package, where it is cleverly emphasised: the box pleat on the cushion covers allows a view of a sewn-in contrasting strip in the rosé gold colour tone of the piping.

Wood trim elements with Mercedes-Maybach emblem matching the remaining decor are attached to the backrests of the front seats as standard, additionally enhancing the ambience in the rear. On request the screens for the MBUX Rear Seat Entertainment system can also be installed on the front seat backrests. Via the Maybach accessories range, suitable pre-installation kits for the installation or carriage of mobile computers of different formats are also available.

The in-door speakers of the Burmester® surround sound system are inset into the wood trim behind metal meshes. High-quality chromework and Mercedes-Maybach badges in the interior create further highlights. A stimulating contrast is created by the traditional materials, their craftsman-like finish and the modern high-tech appointments of the Mercedes-Maybach.

Luxury also means using the latest styling methods

The LED optical fibres of the standard ambient lighting with 64 colours are inset into the door panels beneath the trim elements. They rise to the parcel shelf from the rear doors as "flowing lines", and elegantly envelop the seats. In the middle of the rear seat unit they then continue to the sides of the comfort centre armrest of the five-seater, or the rear centre console of the four-seater variant. They also surround the MBUX Rear Tablet, which allows the comfort features for the rear to be operated from there. Exclusively, and for the first time in the Mercedes-Maybach GLS, the ambient lighting also includes optical fibres in the roof liner, on the left and right sides of the panoramic sliding/tilting roof, which especially emphasises the effect of the roof aperture at night.

The large panoramic sliding/tilting roof allows a great deal of light into the interior, as well as fresh air when required. Its electrically operated roller blind is completely opaque and allows privacy for the rear passengers, just like the electrically operated blinds on the rear side windows. Passengers will also find temperature-controlled cup holders in the extended centre console.

In the four-seater variant, the continuous centre console has a lockable closure whose wood decor echoes the waterfall decor of the boot division. Behind it is a stowage compartment, or if preferred a large, refrigerated compartment. This can accommodate three 0.75-litre champagne bottles, for example. Below the lockable closure there is an optionally heatable armrest in nappa leather. In front of it is the MBUX Rear Tablet with a 7-inch screen diagonal for the control of all comfort features. The MBUX Rear Tablet can be removed from its charger/holder for convenience of use. The holder is located in the folding lid of the illuminated stowage compartment, which can also be optionally equipped with a 115/230 V socket or folding tables. In front of it there is space for an optional Wireless Mobile Interface, which can be optionally equipped with a Bluetooth® receiver for discreet conversations.

Between the rear seat footwells, the continuous centre console has a wood trim element with a sliding cover which reveals temperature-controlled cup holders and a stowage compartment. Optionally this space can also be used to accommodate the silver champagne flutes available as Mercedes-Maybach Genuine Accessories, where a fixed space is provided in the lid of the refrigerator compartment.