New Mercedes-Maybach S-Class gets a six-cylinder engine in China

The new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class line-up has now received a new S 480 variant in the Chinese market. The Maybach S 480 is currently a China-only model and is a variant of the latest generation Maybach S-Class. This is the first time that a Maybach S-Class is powered by a six-cylinder engine.  

  • Maybach S 480 comes with a 367hp, 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder engine.
  • Its features list is the same as the Maybach S 580 and S 680 sold abroad.
  • The new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class will be launched in India as well.

Mercedes-Maybach S-Class: Why a six-cylinder powertrain for China

The smaller engine helps the car qualify for a lower tax slab, which helps for an attractive entry-level price. This is not the first time Mercedes-Benz has used a smaller powertrain in its luxury vehicle line-up in China. The company also sells a four-cylinder petrol variant of the latest-gen G-Class in the Chinese market in order to position it in a lower tax bracket.  

Mercedes-Maybach S 480: powertrain

Under the hood of the luxury sedan, lies a 3.0-litre, in-line six-cylinder petrol engine that develops 367hp and 500Nm of torque. Mercedes also provides the 48V ‘EQ Boost’ mild-hybrid system seen in other S-Class variants, which can provide as much as 20hp in short bursts. The engine is paired to a 9-speed automatic gearbox and power is sent to all four wheels via Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel drive system. The Maybach S 480 has a claimed 0-100kph time of 5.8 seconds.

Mercedes-Maybach S 480: interiors and features

Much like the Maybach S-Class sold internationally, the S 480 gets a host of luxury and convenience features. Among the tech on offer is the second-gen MBUX infotainment system with a 12.8-inch tablet-style OLED infotainment screen, a 12.3-inch 3D digital instrument display, and up to three screens for rear-seat passengers.

The Maybach S 480 also gets wood inserts on the dashboard, door panels, front seat backs, and the rear-centre console. At the rear, the Maybach also gets individual ‘Executive’ rear seats that can be electrically adjusted to recline by as much as 43.5 degrees. The seats also get a massage function and are heating and cooling functions.

Also part of the package are ambient lighting, adaptive rear lighting, front and rear wireless chargers, a 710W Burmester 3D surround sound system, powered rear door opening and closing, and much more.

2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class: India launch

Mercedes-Benz India will launch the Maybach S 580 Maybach in India after it launches the new S-Class later this year. The Maybach S 580 will be locally assembled at Mercedes’ Chakan plant in Pune, Maharashtra. The exact timeline of the launch, however, has not been confirmed. The recently unveiled V12-powered Maybach S 680 is also on the cards for Mercedes-Benz India, though this will likely be brought as a CBU. Although no announcement has been made regarding the launch of the Maybach S 480, there is a strong case to be made for a more affordable Maybach in our market.

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