The upcoming Mercedes-Maybach SUV will feature advanced suspension technology never before seen on a Daimler production car.
The SUV, which will share a platform with the next-generation Mercedes-Benz GLS, will have an evolved version of Mercedes’ Magic Body Control active suspension system. The current version of Magic Body Control, available on the S-Class, scans the road ahead for bumps and unevenness. The information is then relayed to the suspension, which preemptively adjusts itself to absorb the energy for a smoother ride. In Mercedes’ words, the suspension system is designed to ensure passengers feel as little of the road as possible.
It’s not clear how the evolved version of Magic Body Control will operate, but we imagine it will absorb bumps even better than the current system. It will be paired with a new chauffeur mode, which will reduce the number of times the vehicle changes gear. The special chauffeur drive mode will also increase engine torque, enabling ample acceleration without the vehicle having to drop down a gear and disturb rear seat passengers.
Maybach previewed its SUV ambitions with the Vision Ultimate Luxury concept shown at the 2018 Beijing motor show (above). The production Maybach SUV won’t be an SUV/sedan hybrid like the concept, but the design study may still reach production if consumer response is strong, Mercedes said.
The Maybach SUV is expected to debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show in November.
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