Mercedes-Benz to build $200K Maybach luxo-SUV in Alabama

March 19, 2019

The Mercedes-Maybach GLS-Class could be the most expensive car built on an assembly line in the U.S. when it goes into production by early next year at a factory near Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Automotive News reported Monday that the ultra-luxury Maybach version of Mercedes-Benz's next-generation will cost around $200,000 to start and will square off against the British-built Bentley Bentayga and Rolls-Royce Cullinan. 

Mercedes' decision to build the Maybach SUV in the Vance, Alabama, assembly plant is a coup for the facility it opened in 1997 to build SUVs.

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The German automaker has twice revived the historic Maybach brand, most recently as an even more posh version of the automaker's luxurious S-Class full-size sedan. Aimed largely at buyers in Asia, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class has a distinct roof line and a more opulent interior than the standard S-Class. It's possible that the Maybach GLS will follow a similar recipe. 

Mercedes has said that the GLS won't be the last model to get the Maybach treatment, though the automaker hasn't hinted what will be next.

While some limited-production sports cars such as the Ford GT are largely hand-built in the U.S., few megabuck vehicles have been assembled at American plants.

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