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    Maybach to Build SUV in Alabama

      Will be most expensive vehicle built in North America

    Mercedes-Benz has annouced that the new Maybach SUV, built on the Mercedes-Benz GLS will be built exclusively in Alabama.  With an expected price over $200,000, the new SUV will then be the most expensive vehicle to be built in the U.S. 

    1MAYBACH-01_i.jpgMercedes-Benz plans to expand the Maybach brand to other models where it makes sense in the upper end of the Mercedes lineup. 

    The Mercedes Maybach GLS will have a V8 with north of 560 horsepower and will likely debut in China later this year. The vehicle is aimed primarily at the chauffeur driven population in China and as such, the rear seats are set up in a lounge like fashion.

    The Alabama operation is also getting battery manufacturing operations, more than twice the size of the original assembly plant, due to build EQ vehicles starting in 2020.  The factory, which is capable of producing more than 300,000 units a year, exports approximately two-thirds of its production.  

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    Oh good, I was wondering what they were going to do with those old Park Avenue grilles... glad to see them repurposed.  Are those turbine wheels from the grounded Boeings?

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    Just now, Paolino said:

    Oh good, I was wondering what they were going to do with those old Park Avenue grilles... glad to see them repurposed.  Are those turbine wheels from the grounded Boeings?

    I knew you would like those wheels @Paolino

    I wonder where they're going to put the big black lump on the front for the adaptive cruise control sensor. 

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    Can anyone say Lipstick on a Pig?

    I knew you could!

    Yup, fat, bloated and does not say luxury to me at all. Really weird drawing as it looks short and fat. FAILURE in my book! :palm:

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    I’m sure it’s a state of the art factory, but it’s hard to correlate ultra luxury with a place like Alabama...

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    I am glad they confirmed what we all knew would happen with a Maybach GLS.  Building in the US with export to China is interesting with the current tariff situation and trade war but maybe Mercedes predicts those won’t be a factor post 2020...  or maybe there is so much profit margin that they don’t care.

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    25 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    I am glad they confirmed what we all knew would happen with a Maybach GLS.  Building in the US with export to China is interesting with the current tariff situation and trade war but maybe Mercedes predicts those won’t be a factor post 2020...  or maybe there is so much profit margin that they don’t care.

    They'll just mark the car up that much more. 

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    1 hour ago, ccap41 said:

    Lipstick on a pig.. You own an Escalade. 

    And the Escalade looks far better (on the outside) than that hideous monstrosity.  

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    2 minutes ago, surreal1272 said:

    And the Escalade looks far better (on the outside) than that hideous monstrosity.  

    Have to agree.  This thing is pretty ugly.

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    And here we are...

    NONE of us have complained and dissed this design! Other than Dfelt (And Paolino) but he ended up getting trolled for it too! Yet we all vehemently try to find ANY LITTLE THING Cadillac does and we harp on it.  And THAT is the surprising thing...NOBODY has BLASTED it like how the XT6 has been blasted, or the new CT5...

    THAT is what I find shameful.

    If anything, this crossover thing is unispiring and ugly and far from luxury a vehicle can get...(on the outside)

    Mercedes posted this rendering a while back ago...I saw an AMC Eagle sedan then with the design, as I do now!

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    Horrible, for a 2020 luxury vehicle!

     

     

     

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    7 minutes ago, surreal1272 said:

    And the Escalade looks far better (on the outside) than that hideous monstrosity.  

    Oh I definitely agree. I'm just saying that the Escalade is the perfect example of putting lipstick on a pig. A 30k pickup truck dressed up to a 100k luxury SUVs. 

    People say all SUVs are just lifted cars... THIS is exactly that. 

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    Who knows what the production version will look like, though.  Remember, the red thingy was just a concept.  The production version will probably look like the new GLS w extra bling inside and out.  I.e. look like a large luxury SUV.

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    3 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    I'm just saying that the Escalade is the perfect example of putting lipstick on a pig. A 30k pickup truck dressed up to a 100k luxury SUVs. 

    Wrong answer

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    6 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    I mean, nothing I said wasn't accurate... 

    MMMM...

    maybe 20 years ago...you are right with that comment.

    But since the 3rd and 4rth générations of the Escalade, not at all accurate...but yeah...trying a tad too hard to troll Dfelt, tho. Hey... even the 2nd gen Escalade was not that bad...better than this rendering anyhow...(and yes rendering as we do not know if M-B will be doing this crossover monstrosity that way...)

     

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    1 minute ago, oldshurst442 said:

    MMMM...

    maybe 20 years ago...you are right with that comment.

    But since the 3rd and 4rth générations of the Escalade, yeah...trying a tad too hard to troll Dfelt. Even the 2nd gen Escalade was not that bad...better than this rendering anyhow...(and yes rendering as we do not know if M-B will be doing this crossover monstrosity that way...)

     

    Bad? I never said any of them were bad. Every Escalade ever has been built on the Silverado's chassis. I never said anything negative about the Escalade, just that it was a dressed up Silverado, because it is. 

    I never said they used Dollar General lipstick. They're using fancy lipstick from MAC. 

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    Just now, ccap41 said:

    Bad? I never said any of them were bad. Every Escalade ever has been built on the Silverado's chassis. I never said anything negative about the Escalade, just that it was a dressed up Silverado, because it is. 

    I never said they used Dollar General lipstick. They're using fancy lipstick from MAC. 

    splitting hairs and being defensive...

    cool with me. Everything is all right!

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    Not on the Tahoe using a version of a Silverado chassis and the 'Slade being on the Tahoe chassis...

    In which Cadillac, since the 3rd gen 'Slade has done a fantabulous job of using MAC lipstick on it...

    But your whole notion trying to troll Dfelt because he said this M-B was a pig with lipstick on it...

    Why even bring up the Escalade in the 1st place?

    Its OK...I really dont care about us bickering back and forth...

    Ive moved on from that.  Sorry I even bothered with this discussion.

    Ill just refrain from posting in the future regarding sensless trolling...

     

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    33 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    Oh I definitely agree. I'm just saying that the Escalade is the perfect example of putting lipstick on a pig. A 30k pickup truck dressed up to a 100k luxury SUVs. 

    People say all SUVs are just lifted cars... THIS is exactly that. 

    Where is this $30K pickup you speak of (sidestepping the fact that it basically shares a frame only with said pick up) LOL? 

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    2 minutes ago, surreal1272 said:

    Where is this $30K pickup you speak of (sidestepping the fact that it basically shares a frame only with said pick up) LOL? 

     

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    39 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    Bad? I never said any of them were bad. Every Escalade ever has been built on the Silverado's chassis. I never said anything negative about the Escalade, just that it was a dressed up Silverado, because it is. 

    I never said they used Dollar General lipstick. They're using fancy lipstick from MAC. 

    Calling them "just a silverado" ignores the better materials and components that go into the Cadillac. Aside from the obvious interior differences... they even change things like the wheel bearings on the Escalade... I don't know what magic they put in them, but those bearing make a huge difference on the Escalade and they glide like glass. Bigger brakes, bigger wheels, better interior, substantially bigger standard engine, 10-speed automatic by default.    It's lipstick, a boob job, botox, jaw fillers, lipo, and a butt lift..... not just the lipstick. 

    Lipstick would have been the first generation. 

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    3 hours ago, ccap41 said:

    Lipstick on a pig.. You own an Escalade. 

    That is a pretty lipstick on a pig, different kind of pig! :P 

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    24 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    Calling them "just a silverado" ignores the better materials and components that go into the Cadillac. Aside from the obvious interior differences... they even change things like the wheel bearings on the Escalade... I don't know what magic they put in them, but those bearing make a huge difference on the Escalade and they glide like glass. Bigger brakes, bigger wheels, better interior, substantially bigger standard engine, 10-speed automatic by default.    It's lipstick, a boob job, botox, jaw fillers, lipo, and a butt lift..... not just the lipstick. 

    Lipstick would have been the first generation. 

    Totally agree, I DO NOT know what the Wheel Bearings are, but my Escalade ESV glides so fast and far compared to my GMC Suburban SLE. The quality of bearings is truly noticeable besides all the other plastic surgery that has been done.

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    4 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    Totally agree, I DO NOT know what the Wheel Bearings are, but my Escalade ESV glides so fast and far compared to my GMC Suburban SLE. The quality of bearings is truly noticeable besides all the other plastic surgery that has been done.

    Your Suburban is also over a decade and a generation older than your Escalade, isn't it?  I'm sure they improved alot over that time...the mid 90s Suburbans were still very truckish.  

    I haven't driven an Escalade, but drove a couple '15 Tahoes around the Southwest on long weekends a few years ago and was impressed by how smooth and car-like they drove, better than the previous-gen '13 Yukon I had driven. 

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    30 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    Calling them "just a silverado" ignores the better materials and components that go into the Cadillac. Aside from the obvious interior differences... they even change things like the wheel bearings on the Escalade... I don't know what magic they put in them, but those bearing make a huge difference on the Escalade and they glide like glass. Bigger brakes, bigger wheels, better interior, substantially bigger standard engine, 10-speed automatic by default.    It's lipstick, a boob job, botox, jaw fillers, lipo, and a butt lift..... not just the lipstick. 

    Lipstick would have been the first generation. 

    I never said they were "just a Silverado". If youi're going to quote me, just quote what I actually said. 

    Yes, I know all of this. It's a completely redressed up Silverado the same way the Expedition is a completely redressed F150. 

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      Trunk capacity (VDA)
      cu-ft
      15.4
      14.9
      +0.5
    • By Drew Dowdell
      Mercedes-Benz is trying something new with the debut of the GLA. Rather than holding an event, they are doing an online reveal of the new GLA class. We got a preview of the new GLA in the form of a sketch released from Mercedes.  Ignore the ridiculous sized wheels and you'll get a good view of what it will look like.  
      The new GLA rides on a new platform, the same that underpins the new A-Class, CLA, and GLB. That means, yes, it is a front-wheel drive model, but expect 4matic to be available as well.  The overall size of the car will be reduced very slightly, but the wheelbase has been increased.  This should increase legroom for passengers, but we don't have any of those dimensions yet. The roof will be slightly taller too. Unlike its predecessor, it will not be shared with Infiniti to create another QX30. 
      Front end styling won't be that different from the current A-Class or CLA and expect the interior to be very similar, if not the same, as what you'd get in an A-Class. Powertrains will be the same as well, with an AMG GLA 45 coming.  Rumor has it a hybrid version could also be in the works.

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    • By Drew Dowdell
      Mercedes-Benz is trying something new with the debut of the GLA. Rather than holding an event, they are doing an online reveal of the new GLA class. We got a preview of the new GLA in the form of a sketch released from Mercedes.  Ignore the ridiculous sized wheels and you'll get a good view of what it will look like.  
      The new GLA rides on a new platform, the same that underpins the new A-Class, CLA, and GLB. That means, yes, it is a front-wheel drive model, but expect 4matic to be available as well.  The overall size of the car will be reduced very slightly, but the wheelbase has been increased.  This should increase legroom for passengers, but we don't have any of those dimensions yet. The roof will be slightly taller too. Unlike its predecessor, it will not be shared with Infiniti to create another QX30. 
      Front end styling won't be that different from the current A-Class or CLA and expect the interior to be very similar, if not the same, as what you'd get in an A-Class. Powertrains will be the same as well, with an AMG GLA 45 coming.  Rumor has it a hybrid version could also be in the works.
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