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The Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet signals the end of the G-Wagen

Are you ready to say farewell to the Mercedes G-Class? The stripped-back SUV has been a hit across the board, but the current-generation model’s run in drawing to a close. Before the final four-wheeler rolls off the production line, however, we’re being treated to a final throw of the dice – and what a throw it is.

The G650 Landaulet comes from Mercedes’ recently-revived Maybach sub-brand, and is plusher than plush. Let’s just run through the luxury you’ll be stepping into when you climb on board. The rear seats, borrowed from the S-class Pullman, have inflatable air chambers, a hot stone massaging function and can be set to a fully reclined position. But, if you don’t feel like laying back, there’s plenty to keep you entertained in the back seat – with retractable tables, a multimedia console and two 10-inch monitors on board.

Up front, past the electrically-operated glass partition – this is a Maybach, after all – the driver and front seat passenger are accommodated under a fixed steel roof – and are in control of the 621 horsepower, twin-turbocharged 6-litre V12 engine. That’s a lot of power for a limousine – but, then again, this is no ordinary stretch, although the 3428mm wheelbase could keep you guessing…

But perhaps the best part of this latest G-Class is the respect it has for its own heritage. Reflecting the G-classes of old, the G650 Landaulet has a heavy duty portal axle chassis originally developed for the G63 6×6 and also used by the G500 4×4² – which means that the wheels are not mounted at the same height of the axle but rather situated lower. And that means a huge 450mm of ground clearance and 22-inch wheels. We told you it was decadent…

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