Forget those aftermarket cut-and-shut jobs, Mercedes has stepped into the stretch-limo game with its own reborn Pullman.
The new Pullman is of course inspired by the 1965 Mercedes-Benz 600, and the timing of its launch at next month’s Geneva Motor Show will coincide with its iconic predecessor’s 50th anniversary.
The reborn Maybach brand is doing nothing by halves, though, stretching the S-Class to 6499mm - well beyond the 5453mm of the original 600, which is matched already by last year’s variants.
Ensuring interior comfort is the Pullman’s 4418mm wheelbase, again a good deal longer than the 3365mm wheelbase of last year’s model, along with the 3035mm and 3165mm of the regular short- and long-wheelbase S-Class models.
The Pullman also gains 100mm in height over the regular S-Class, better accommodating taller passengers and some amount of ‘walking’ from one end of the rear passenger space to the other.
In its standard form, the rear layout of the Pullman allows for a spacious four-seat configuration around a long centre console, although a more luxurious reclining two-seat arrangement can also be ordered.
A large 18.5-inch display is also featured in the rear for communication and entertainment purposes.
As with the shorter Maybach, two models in the Pullman range will be offered: S 500 and S 600.
The S 500 gets a 334kW/698Nm 4.6 litre twin-turbo V8, but if that isn’t the level of ‘go’ you demand from your limo, the S 600’s 389kW/828Nm twin-turbo V12 should do. (We’ll keep an eye out for the Mercedes-AMG-Maybach versions…)
In Europe, pricing for the Pullman is expected to start from “around half a million euros”, or about AU$730,000.
The stretched Mercedes-Maybach models are expected to make their way to Australia from late 2015, but local pricing has yet to be confirmed. And if you need to ask… well. ¯_(?)_/¯