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Mercedes just unveiled the latest version of its most opulent sedan: a $175,000-plus chariot complete with 5 screens and massaging seats

Mercedes just unveiled the latest version of its most opulent sedan: a $175,000-plus chariot complete with 5 screens and massaging seats
  • The 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class — the latest generation of the company's most luxurious sedan — is here.
  • It hits the market in mid-2021 with a starting price in the neighborhood of $200,000.
  • The 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S 580 is built for the chauffeured, and comes crammed with ultra-luxurious appointments like massaging seats, a 64-color ambient-lighting system, and electronic doors that open with the push of a button.

For some people, the $100,000-and-up Mercedes-Benz S-Class just isn't expensive or luxurious enough. For them, there's the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, a lavish land yacht that starts in the neighborhood of $175,000 and is aimed at buyers who have chauffeurs to whisk them around town.

Mercedes took the wraps off of the 2021 version of the sedan during an online event Thursday, revealing a revamped exterior design and a host of new, ultra-luxurious features inside the cabin. It stands to reason that, since Maybach owners don't spend much time in the driver's seat, most of the exciting interior upgrades can be found in the back seat.

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And — with a wheelbase that's several inches longer than the standard S-Class — there's plenty of room back there for swanky features like massaging leg rests, a multicolored ambient-lighting setup, champagne flutes, and copious amounts of wood trim.

Although most of us will never know such luxury firsthand, you can take a virtual look at the 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S 580 below:

The new-for-2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class sports a new design with an exclusive, imposing radiator grille.

The new-for-2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class sports a new design with an exclusive, imposing radiator grille.
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It comes in ten two-tone paint options, a signature Maybach feature.

It comes in ten two-tone paint options, a signature Maybach feature.
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You can also tell it apart from a standard Mercedes offering by the Maybach lettering up front …

You can also tell it apart from a standard Mercedes offering by the Maybach lettering up front …
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And by the illuminated Maybach emblem on the C-pillar.

And by the illuminated Maybach emblem on the C-pillar.
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The 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S 580 has a wheelbase that's seven inches longer than the standard model, and is larger all around than its predecessor.

The 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S 580 has a wheelbase that's seven inches longer than the standard model, and is larger all around than its predecessor.
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It's powered by a twin-turbocharged V8 with a claimed 496 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque, and it rides on cushy air suspension.

It's powered by a twin-turbocharged V8 with a claimed 496 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque, and it rides on cushy air suspension.
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However, you don't spend deep six figures on a Maybach for its classy look or its performance, you do it for its palatial interior packed with optional and standard luxury features.

However, you don't spend deep six figures on a Maybach for its classy look or its performance, you do it for its palatial interior packed with optional and standard luxury features.
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The leather seats have more massaging capability than before, now offering up ten preset programs, two levels of intensity, and massaging calf rests.

The leather seats have more massaging capability than before, now offering up ten preset programs, two levels of intensity, and massaging calf rests.
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Naturally, the seats are climate-controlled as well, and they now include neck and shoulder heating functions.

Naturally, the seats are climate-controlled as well, and they now include neck and shoulder heating functions.
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The "executive rear seat plus" package swaps the standard bench seat for two individual rear seats separated by a center console.

The "executive rear seat plus" package swaps the standard bench seat for two individual rear seats separated by a center console.
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Even the Maybach's new rear airbags are fancy, deploying in a "gentle manner," according to Mercedes.

Even the Maybach's new rear airbags are fancy, deploying in a "gentle manner," according to Mercedes.
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The electronic rear doors swing open at the push of a button and can be operated from the driver's seat.

The electronic rear doors swing open at the push of a button and can be operated from the driver's seat.
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The doors have flush-mounted handles that pop out when they're needed.

The doors have flush-mounted handles that pop out when they're needed.
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Buyers unsatisfied with the leather-to-wood balance in the cabin can now opt for wood trim on the front seat backs.

Buyers unsatisfied with the leather-to-wood balance in the cabin can now opt for wood trim on the front seat backs.
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They can also potentially outfit their vehicle with up to five screens, including a digital gauge cluster, a 12.8-inch center touchscreen, a rear tablet, and two rear-mounted displays.

They can also potentially outfit their vehicle with up to five screens, including a digital gauge cluster, a 12.8-inch center touchscreen, a rear tablet, and two rear-mounted displays.
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The entertainment system comes with two wireless headsets.

The entertainment system comes with two wireless headsets.
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Other options include a refrigerated cubby and a champagne flute set with spots on the armrest to hold them.

Other options include a refrigerated cubby and a champagne flute set with spots on the armrest to hold them.
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The silver-plated flutes cost $830 each on Maybach's website.

The silver-plated flutes cost $830 each on Maybach's website.
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Some other standard features include 64-color ambient lighting, a fragrance system, and powered window shades.

Some other standard features include 64-color ambient lighting, a fragrance system, and powered window shades.
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For extra comfort, Mercedes outfitted the Maybach S-Class with an active noise-canceling system.

For extra comfort, Mercedes outfitted the Maybach S-Class with an active noise-canceling system.
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Mercedes says the upgraded drive-mode selector now delivers smoother acceleration in "Chauffeur mode."

Mercedes says the upgraded drive-mode selector now delivers smoother acceleration in "Chauffeur mode."
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The new model doesn't have a price yet, but Mercedes did say it will arrive at US dealers in the middle of next year.

The new model doesn't have a price yet, but Mercedes did say it will arrive at US dealers in the middle of next year.
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Mercedes said the model takes aim at the Bentley Flying Spur, which indicates a starting price of roughly $200,000.

Mercedes said the model takes aim at the Bentley Flying Spur, which indicates a starting price of roughly $200,000.
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