If insider sources are to be believed, Mercedes-Benz is getting ready to launch the most expensive luxury sedan on the market next year in the form of the S-Class Pullman armored car for $1 million. If it's too flashy for you, then Mercedes is also reviving the Maybach name for an even longer wheelbase variant of the S-Class.

According to company insiders speaking with Bloomberg, the Pullman will be positioned at the ultimate expression of the Mercedes brand and will hark back to the classic S600 Pullman models of the '60s. The driver will sit in a partitioned cabin up front, while wealthy and fortunate passengers will be cosseted in two rows of face-to-face seats in the rear. At a reported 21-feet long, it will be even bigger than a Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase. While the armor probably makes up a few hundred thousand dollars of the price, the cost is still likely going to be significantly more than the old Maybach 62 S at $470,350. Only the one percent of the one percent need apply here.

A slight step down from the Pullman will be the still opulent S-Class Maybach. The reincarnation of the twice-dead brand would ride on an even larger body than the long wheelbase S-Class but still offer four seats. Prices for it are rumored to be double the current S600, which puts it around $300,000 or more. The insider told Bloomberg that the unveiling is planned for November at the LA Auto Show and Guangzhou Motor Show in China.

With four different wheelbase lengths of the S-Class possibly on offer by the end of next year, things could get a bit crowded in the lineup. After the utter failure of Maybach as a brand, critics might suggest it's surprising to see Mercedes putting so much stock in super-expensive luxury sedans. But with the mushrooming number of ultra-wealthy potential clients in markets beyond Europe and North America who are greedily sucking up record numbers of exotics from other automakers, the math doesn't seem so bad after all.


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      express2day
      • 5 Months Ago
      Most expensive ever? What about the Maybach Landaulet? It was over $1.3 million.
      funguy6713
      • 5 Months Ago
      This is a great car for the Kleptogarchs and corrupt 3rd World dictators of Africa, Middle East and Asia...
      Stinkyboy
      • 5 Months Ago
      I like that the drivers seat has a built in toilet. Donald Trump wants to be driven when and where he wants to go and not waste time on employee bathroom breaks.
      Jaybird248
      • 5 Months Ago
      The Mercedes dealer in Saudi Arabia is very, very happy about this.
      Bernard
      • 5 Months Ago
      I'd rather have an armored Rolls.
        Bernard
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Bernard
        Well actually, an Escalade is a much better vehicle for adding armor too as it wouldn't standout as a one off armored vehicle and the engine and chassis could handle the weight with ease.
          NY EVO X MR GUY
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Bernard
          Im far from a GM fan, but people go black Tahoe/Suburban with tints and armor plated body panels.
      mbukukanyau
      • 5 Months Ago
      This is a limo for secret service organizations around the globe where the local head of state does not have an auto industry to make him a local sedan.
        no1bondfan
        • 5 Months Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        Exactly. They will probably have attachment points for flags on the front fenders. Perhaps Mercedes will have to start accepting payment directly in oil and/or conflict diamonds.
      beetles
      • 5 Months Ago
      It looks like a slightly-longer wheelbase S-class (which it probably is) but it doesn't have the classic elegance and impressive presence of the old Pullman 600 limousine. It also lacks the style of the recently retired Maybach, which is a bargain compared to the price tag on this. It is a big car, but it isn't a proper limousine. There are many cars one can spend seven figures on, but most are exotic sport and track cars. I don't think this is a winner. Give me a nice Rolls and I'll spend the difference on that amazing new Porsche.
      narcszm
      • 5 Months Ago
      Pullman's ...[what?] editors should know the difference between plural and possessive.
      Afi Keita James
      • 5 Months Ago
      The Late angela channing would have loved it.
      Mike Pulsifer
      • 5 Months Ago
      Pullmans, not Pullman's I seriously do not believe you were trying to convey that the Pullman possesses anything.
      Cruising
      • 5 Months Ago
      For $1 million dollars you could probably hire many pull men's to pull your S-Class Pullmans.
      Jai
      • 5 Months Ago
      Forgive me for sharing my meaningless opinion, the most I can afford for now is a $200,000 car, along with a slightly less expensive daily driver, so I'm clearly not in the market for this car. But in my opinion this is just pointless and just a show of how much money you have. And Mercedes might want to charge a more reasonable price for their pullman. You cannot have the same badge competing with both KIAs and Bugattis at different ends of the spectrum. If I wanted to buy a million dollar car (or a $200k car), I'd want something a bit more special and exclusive than a brand that sells for under $30k. This is going to sell in worse numbers than Maybach until they come to their senses. A Mercedes S class isn't worth 3 times as much as an Aventador or Phantom, especially when the model range starts at a price of $90k.
        drsjpesq
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Jai
        Jai: Why do really even need a 200K car? At that price, if you are looking at a sedan, you are probably in the market for a Bentley. Is that Bentley really that much better compared to a loaded A8, XJ, or a S600? Nope.
        express2day
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Jai
        The article stated that the armoring is likely going to account for a few hundred thousand dollars of the Pullman's price so you can't directly compare its price to cars without armoring. It's not just a longer, fancier S-Class but there are also extra safety and security benefits included.
        vi_per
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Jai
        Go back to school and stop spending daddy's money in Dubai. Make yourself useful.
        Joe Liebig
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Jai
        Which Merc is competing with Kias?
        david.bergman1
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Jai
        "You cannot have the same badge competing with both KIAs and Bugattis at different ends of the spectrum. If I wanted to buy a million dollar car (or a $200k car), I'd want something a bit more special and exclusive than a brand that sells for under $30k." I agree with that statement.
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