Mercedes-Benz unveiled a new concept for its Mercedes-Maybach sub-brand on Thursday in Monterey, California as part of the ongoing Monterey Car Week.
The concept is called the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6, and it’s in the form of a streamlined coupe with a large grille, slit-like lights and gullwing doors.
The concept heralds the new design direction for future Maybach models, perhaps even a new generation of standalone cars succeeding the ill-fated 57 and 62 sedans. There are rumors a production version of the Maybach 6 will arrive as early as 2017 to take on the Bentley Continental GT and Rolls-Royce Wraith.
The number in the name refers to the length in meters, though that’s a rounded-up figure as the exact length is 5.6 m. That works out to be 222 inches, which would be long for a sedan but this is a coupe we’re talking about.
Inspiration for the design came from the “aero coupes” developed in the early parts of the last century. This can be seen in the smooth surfacing of the car as well as its proportions, where an extremely long hood flows into a low roof line which ends with a boat tail-like rear. The grille is said to have been inspired by a pinstriped suit while the distinctive 24-in wheels are a development of the aero rim from 2015’s Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile concept, as is the truncated look of the rear.