Mercedes-Benz has announced updates to the 2019 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. For those who missed the Puddles Pity Party cover of the Lorde song "Royals" — or just the Lorde song itself — and aren't familiar with the name, Maybach was a super-luxury car company back before World War II. It went out of business and was later revived by Mercedes as a stand-alone brand starting with the 2004 model year. It died again, only to come back once more, most recently as the name for the flagship trim level for the flagship S-Class sedan. The connection to Mercedes isn't coincidental: The Mr. Maybach of record was the technical director at Daimler Motors when that company produced the very first Mercedes in 1902.
Needless to say, Mercedes has come a long way since then. For example, Mercedes cars have roofs and windscreens now, neither of which were standard features around the turn of the last century. The pinnacle of modern, weatherproofed Mercedes-Benz luxury is the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, which starts with one of the most luxurious mass-produced automobiles on the road, the regular S-Class, and adds ? more. The Maybach's wheelbase and overall length are about 10 inches more than the same on the plain-Jane S-Class sedan. The chauffeured will be happy to know that executive-style reclining rear seats, a rear-seat entertainment system, and a top-of-the-line Burmester stereo are standard.
The Mercedes-Maybach has a little something for the chauffeur, too, beyond plush leather seats with massage functionality. This S-Class comes in two flavors: the S 560 4Matic with a 463-horsepower V8 and the S 650 with a 621-hp V12. Should said-chauffeur need to get somewhere in a hurry, the Maybach obliges with 0-60 mph times of 4.8 and 4.6 seconds, respectively.
Not a lot is changing for 2019. There's a new pinstripe-inspired grille that features vertical slats, new 20-inch wheels, new two-tone exterior paint colors, and new interior design schemes. You can also get a second layer of clear coat meticulously hand-applied by master varnishers, which presumably provides a much deeper luster than anything you can accomplish with a home varnishing kit.
These upgrades might only be skin-deep, but they do look stunning. No word on whether the new look will come with a new price since official 2019 pricing hasn't been announced yet. The 2018 model starts at $169,595.
The 2019 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class will go on sale in the U.S. this summer.