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Mercedes-Maybach GLS super SUV costs the same as Lamborghini Urus

The super luxury SUV called Mercedes-Maybach GLS is being produced in Alabama and is expected to be released later this year. The car is priced at about 200,000 USD, equivalent to that of Lamborghini Urus.

The new generation of Mercedes-Benz GLS is expected to be released later this year, as a competitor to the BMW X7 and Range Rover SVAutobiography. The SUV will have a super luxury version, called Mercedes-Maybach GLS.

Mercedes-Maybach GLS will cost about 200,000 USD, which is equivalent to Lamborghini Urus. According to AutoNews, the Maybach SUV will be assembled in Alabama. This will make it become the most expensive car built in the US, dethroning the current king place of Acura NSX, priced at 157,500 USD.

"Mercedes G-Class models and AMG variants are very popular in the US market. Therefore, the Maybach SUV will be appealing to hip-hop class and the Kardashian family, if they want something classy but different from the G-Class," said Tim Urquhart, the analyst of HIS Markit.

Meanwhile, Ed Kim, auto analyst of AutoPacific, believes that luxury SUVs are what helps some automakers grow. "Without Cayenne, Porsche would not have had available resources to create 911," he said.

"But Porsche is not the only car manufacturer to do so, Bentley has a Bentayga based on the same platform with the Audi Q7, Volkswagen Touareg and Cayenne under the same chassis and so does Lamborghini Urus."

Dietmar Exler, Mercedes American CEO, describes the Mercedes-Maybach GLS as a car that carries the brand's aura. The vehicle is equipped with V8 engine, with a capacity of 560 horsepowers.

Daimler has registered for the copyright of the two models of GLS 600 and GLS 680, so it is likely that other versions will be released eventually. It is likely that the Maybach SUV will be launched in China in the coming months, before being sold in 2020. The market of super luxury SUVs is expected to increase from about 7,500 vehicles last year to 20,000 units by 2023, according to data from AutoForecast Solutions, some 75% of which will come from the US and Chinese markets.

The Mercedes factory is located in Vance, Alabama, where GLS, GLE and GLE Coupe are produced. This facility is receiving a 1 billion-USD investment to prepare for the electric vehicle production in the early beginning of the decade.