The Geneva Motor Show debutant, announced today (February 13th), is a spectacular coming together of two blasts from the past: the Mercedes G-Wagen in extended-wheelbase form and the Landaulet body, that mostly pre-war style that encloses the driver but puts a vast hood over the rear seats.
And what a hood the Merc-Maybach G650 Landaulet has – the fabric top is massive and all-electric of course. And what rear seats they are. Floating in acres of space, the twin electric chairs from the top S-class saloon offer all manner of features. Such as that massage function as well as leg rests and a host of luxuries for both business and pleasure. There’s even an electric glass partition, which goes translucent at the press of a button, to shut out the driver (and probably the bodyguard) sitting up front.
G-Wagens have been an off-road law unto themselves since 1979, transcending technology, design and sometimes, good taste, with a heady cocktail of power and extravagance, but also extreme durability and off-road capability.
The new G650 Landaulet might not be quite as mad or bad as the six-wheeled AMG G63 6x6 – or any number of outrageous aftermarket conversions – but it still promises to go further and faster than almost anything else.