Massive Mercedes Pullman to debut in Geneva

Neil Winton
Special to The Detroit News
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Rolls Royce plans to join Bentley and make a monster SUV, now Mercedes is about to launch a behemoth of a limousine that will seat six and cost upwards of $1 million if you opt for the bomb proof version.

Those of us who thought that government fuel consumption regulations would mean cars would sink in size seem to be wrong.

Mercedes said it will launch the Mercedes-Maybach Pullman S600 at the Geneva Car Show next month. This will have four doors and can have six seats in 2+2+2 rows with the middle ones facing the rear. It will be powered by a 6.0 liter, 12-cylinder bi-turbo 523 hp gasoline engine with prices starting at 500,000 euros ($568,000). The S600 is 21.3 feet long. You can order a version with just two seats, or four.

The VR9-level ballistic protection Guard version will cost about $1 million.

“It provides space for a generously-sized and tastefully-appointed club lounge in the rear, which has a multitude of creature comforts fitted as standard. This chauffeur-driven limousine is more than equal to today's demands for the ultimate in exclusivity and luxury. The VIP occupants sit on two standard-specification executive seats facing the direction of travel. They can enjoy the greatest legroom in the segment; and can get into and out of the car with the greatest of ease and comfort,” Mercedes said.

Deliveries start at the beginning of 2016.

"Quite apart from providing stately and stylish seating for high-ranking passengers in the comfort and spaciousness for which it is famed, the new Mercedes-Maybach Pullman is of course the embodiment of exclusivity at its highest level," said Mercedes marketing chief Ola Källenius.

Mercedes said the name Pullman was originally applied to railway carriages with luxurious open-plan compartments manufactured by the American Pullman Palace Car Company. This name was soon also applied to cars from Mercedes-Benz, which were based on an extremely long wheelbase and offered a very generously-sized passenger compartment.

“The partition wall between the rear and the driver's area ensures discretion. The glass partition wall can be lowered electrically. It can also change from transparent to opaque at the touch of a button. This allows — in combination with the equally standard-specification curtains for the rear windows — for different levels of privacy,” Mercedes said.

You can sit back and be immune from the pesky public, even if they start throwing bombs at you.

The Geneva Car Show opens to the public March 5 through March 15.

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