2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Pullman spy shots
The "Pullman" name originates from the luxurious railway carriages from early last century that were built by America’s Pullman Company. They were overtly luxurious and often featured quarters for sleeping and fine dining.
Mercedes has offered Pullman versions of its S-Class in the past, though these were always specialty models built to order and came with full-length, three-box passenger compartments (see photo below). The latest version is expected to be built in higher volumes as it will serve as the replacement for the ill-fated Maybach 57 and Maybach 62 sedans.
As the spy shots reveal, the S-Class Pullman will feature longer rear doors and an additional window positioned on the trailing edge of the rear door. The extra length, believed to be an additional eight inches, will primarily be used to offer more legroom in the rear and may even accommodate a six-seat configuration consisting of a pair of rear-facing seats.
The car will be aimed at both limousine hire companies as well as rich businessmen. The model is expected to be especially popular in China where it’s common for well-heeled individuals to have their own personal driver.
2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Pullman spy shotsEnlarge Photo
Along with powerful engines, the new S-Class Pullman will also benefit from all the technology of the 2014 S-Class. This will include the Steer Assist autonomous system as well as Pre-Safe accident avoidance and harm minimization features, driver weariness monitoring and the latest COMAND interface.
As for pricing, you can bet it will be the most expensive model in the new S-Class range, though don’t expect its sticker to fall anywhere near the $379,050 starting price of the final Maybach 57. A figure of around $200k is likely.
Key rivals will be the Bentley Flying Spur and Rolls-Royce Ghost.
Stay tuned for updates as the development of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S Class Pullman continues, and look for a debut around spring of 2014. Other S-Class variants still in the works include an S-Class Coupe that will replace the current CL-Class and a new S-Class Cabriolet.
2009 Mercedes-Benz S600 PullmanEnlarge Photo