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Details of the Mercedes-Maybach G65 4x4² Landaulet (Landaulet - a car body style similar to a limousine, but with the passenger section covered by a convertible top), a limited-volume, V12-powered semi-convertible version of the G-class, have been leaked online ahead of its Geneva Motor Show debut in March.
An image of the rear right of the car was officially released recently by Mercedes-Maybach to tease automotive enthusiasts.
Intended as a tribute model for the 38-year-old G-class, this G65 brings back the evocative Landaulet name of some of Mercedes' most flamboyant and expensive pre-war models.
Here’s what is known about it so far. The new G65 4x4² Landaulet features an electrically-operated folding fabric roof which opens over the rear seats. It seems to have the same body structure as the G500 4x4². But, the centre roof, between the B-pillars and rear screen has been removed and replaced with a sturdy multi-layer fabric hood. When opened, it folds away and is stowed in an exposed position at the rear.
It is expected to be powered by the newest Mercedes-AMG twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre V12 petrol engine churning out 629.6hp at 5,000rpm and 999.24Nm of torque between 2,300 and 4,300rpm via a seven-speed torque converter-equipped automatic gearbox and four-wheel-drive system with three separate differential locks.
The price is estimated to be beyond that of the very limited edition Maybach 62 Landaulet and in the region of Rs 2.5 crore (approx).