Five months after the world premiere of the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, the limousine has a “junior” version with a six-cylinder engine. The debut of the simplified “Maybach” with the index “480” took place in Shanghai. Over time, the Mercedes-Maybach S 480 will start selling around the world, but so far the model is only available in China.
China has become one of the first markets where the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is available to order. However, in the Middle Kingdom, sales will begin not with the previously announced versions of the S 580 (V8 4.0 M176, 503 hp, 700 Nm) or S 680 (V12 6.0 M279, 630 hp, 1000 Nm), but with the more tax-efficient S 480 six-cylinder modification .
Under the hood of the base Maybach, an in-line 3.0-liter “six” M256, which develops 367 horsepower and 500 Nm – the same as on the S 450 of the previous generation. The unit is complemented by a 48-volt EQ Boost starter-generator, which adds 22 horsepower and 250 Nm of thrust during acceleration. The transmission is standard: 9-speed automatic and 4Matic all-wheel drive.
If you do not open the hood, the “junior” Maybach can only be distinguished by nameplates, because there are no restrictions on options for the six-cylinder model. For the 3.0-liter limousine, you can order a steerable rear axle, an active hydropneumatic E-Active Body Control suspension, Digital Light headlights with 1.3 million micromirrors in each unit, separate multicontour rear seats and much more.
In China, prices for the Mercedes-Maybach S 480 4Matic start at 1,468,000 yuan ($ 226,100). There are no other engines for the flagship in the Celestial Empire yet, so there is no need to talk about “savings” in relation to the eight-cylinder modification. However, the crossover Mercedes-Maybach GLS 480 with the same engine in China turned out to be a quarter cheaper than the top version of the GLS 600 – a similar order of prices is expected for the limousine.
We also advise you to watch a detailed test drive of the Mercedes S-Class (W223) 2021 from the FineAuto team:
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