Is Mercedes About to Reveal a Convertible Maybach?

Automotive News 10 August 9, 2017 by

A teaser video released by Mercedes-Benz hints at a new Maybach model for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

The clip follows on from an unusual video posted on Instagram last week by Mercedes’ chief design officer Gorden Wagener, during a design meeting.

This meeting, at the Advanced Design Centre in Sindelfingen, includes Wagener and head of design Stefan Lamm. The clip features the design trio sharing their thoughts on the “icon”, surrounded by images and models of the brand’s previous concepts. These include last year’s Pebble Beach car, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6, and the 2015 Concept IAA.

The new video reveals some more details on the mystery car:

The first thing to note is that the steering wheel and instrument cluster is identical to the Maybach from 2016. Right away, this hints that the new car is a derivative of that model. A sweeping shot of the front corner also reveals similarities. The side styling line and door front shut line are identical to the Vision 6.

The key difference is a shot of the rear deck. The car retains the rear central ridge with its dorsal brake light, but rather than continuing up onto the roof it stops abruptly. Ahead of this is a separate panel, not present on the coupe, in what seems to be a contrasting color. This hints at a new roof treatment, perhaps a removable panel. This new Maybach may be a targa or even a full convertible.

2016 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 coupe

The six-meter long Maybach 6 wowed the crowds when unveiled at Pebble Beach in 2016, and this new vehicle is set to do the same in 2017. We’ll see what Mercedes has planned when the show starts on August 20.

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