Mercedes-Benz has given us a first look at its upcoming Maybach SL roadster concept, part of a move to broaden its range of high-end vehicles.

    An image of the concept was shared by Mercedes-Benz chief designer Gorden Wagener on his Instagram account.

    The image shows a sliver of the Maybach SL’s frontend, including the classic Maybach chrome grille, a three-pointed star emblem, imprinted Maybach logos, and a two-tone red and black colour scheme.

    The Maybach SL concept has a similar colour combination to the Mercedes-Maybach Concept EQS, which previewed an upcoming Maybach version of the EQS SUV.

    It’s unclear how different this Mercedes-Maybach SL concept will look compared to the regular Mercedes-AMG SL roadster, but going off the teaser image the bonnet of the concept has a singular crease in it rather than the power bulge of the regular SL.

    Mercedes-Benz is keeping details about this Maybach SL concept close to its chest for now with Mr Wagener saying it’s “for customers who desire for a sophisticated luxury driving and design experience”.

    It’s unclear what’ll be under the bonnet of this Mercedes-Maybach SL. The most powerful SL model currently available is the SL 63 4Matic+, which is powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 producing 430kW of power and 800Nm of torque.

    There’s also an even more powerful E Performance plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of the SL in the works which is expected to have the same 620kW and 1400Nm outputs as the AMG GT63 S E Performance.

    The teaser image also shows links to the 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet concept, which was first shown and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance as an all-electric flagship convertible.

    Mercedes-Maybach no longer exclusively offers V12 engines following the introduction of the V8-powered GLS600 SUV, so such an engine isn’t assured.

    Mercedes-Benz recently confirmed it’s trimming the number of small models it offers while releasing more high-end vehicles as it targets higher margins.

    One of these premium cars is the aforementioned Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV which is set to launch in 2023.

    In addition to more exclusive collector editions under the Maybach brand, like the Limited Edition Maybach by Virgil Abloh, Mercedes-Benz is introducing a new program of “ultra-exclusive collector cars”.

    These will come under the Mythos Series banner, and will be available exclusively to the most dedicated Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts and collectors.

    Mercedes-Benz recently released a single teaser image of a Mythos vehicle, which appears to be an SL-based Speedster.

    MORE: Mercedes-Benz plans top-end push, Mythos sub-brand, Maybach SL

    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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