Maybach Ultimate:

Luxury to a tea

Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury front
Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury rear threequarter
Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury front action
Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury side action
Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury rear action
Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury head on
Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury split roof
Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury interior
Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury rear seats
Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury tea set
Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury cockpit

A tea-set, tea-pot and heat tray are not the kind of things you'd normally expect to find on a car's standard spec-list - unless, of course, you're an incredibly wealthy Chinese businessman.

But those are just some of the extraordinary items built into a new super-luxury limo which has been unveiled by Mercedes-Benz at Auto China 2018 in Beijing.

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury is a concept, but it clearly outstrips anything that has gone before in terms of pampering its chauffeur-driven owners.

It also introduces a completely new vehicle segment - a crossover, based on an exclusive high-end saloon, and an SUV resulting in a high-riding, three-box design. Whether or not you like the tank-like end result is a matter of personal taste.

Developed and designed with the Chinese market in mind, it comes with electric power using four compact electric motors which together produce an awesome 750hp - enough to provide this massive limo with a top speed of 155mph. Range from the underfloor driving pack is over 200 miles.

But the real story is in the sumptuously kitted-out interior. The show car, according to Mercedes, is "the ultimate embodiment of a luxury dream automobile"⦠transporting passengers into an "unprecedented world of luxury".

The driver comes as a bit of an afterthought. He's just the chauffeur, after all, so the cockpit is reduced to the essentials.

The real luxury action comes in the back where, as well as that China tea set - and a pretty vase of flowers - there's "Magic Wood" ebony which is, apparently, traditional in Chinese furniture design and finest white nappa leather upholstery highlighted with rose gold surrounds.

But it doesn't end there. There's a "holistic" comfort and infotainment system. The vehicle plays music to match the current mood, knows the appointment calendar and plans routes accordingly. Systems such as massage, fragrancing, light and music are combined, "helping to regenerate and improve concentration", says Mercedes.

It behaves, says the company, like a butler.

And this mobile Jeeves will even offer various flavours of tea depending on who the rear passenger is. Just have to be careful you don't get your lapsong souchong all over that nice white leather.

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