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. 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.
The new 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.
2009 Mercedes-Benz S600 PullmanEnlarge Photo
The range-topping trim should be an S600 Pullman, complete with a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-12 engine. A 455-horsepower V-8 should be offered in an S550 model and a hybrid model should also be launched. Don't expect an AMG badge on this vehicle.
Along with powerful engines, the new S-Class Pullman will also benefit from all the technology of the latest S-Class.
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.
Look for a debut of the S-Class Pullman at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show in April.