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by Tim Beissmann

The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class Pullman has been revealed, half a century after the German car maker launched its original ultra-luxury limousine, the Mercedes-Benz 600.

The new S-Class Pullman flagship measures an intimidating 6.5 metres from nose to tail, making it more than a metre longer than the ‘regular’ Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. All that growth comes between the axles, with the Pullman’s wheelbase measuring more than 4.4m – roughly 12cm longer than the entire length of a Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback.

Between the axles is an opulent partitioned-off passenger compartment swathed in diamond-stitched leather. Customers can opt for just two rear seats or ‘vis-à-vis’ seating for four passengers with rear-facing fold-down seats.

Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman

Those in the forward-facing executive seats can recline their backrests up to 43.5 degrees, and also enjoy 60mm more headroom than in the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class thanks to the vehicle’s 100mm-higher roofline.

The seats are deliberately positioned in line with the vehicle’s roof pillars to preserve the privacy of the Pullman’s occupants, while curtains can also be pulled to completely obscure the passenger compartment.

The glass partition wall separating passengers from the driver can be electrically lowered or made more or less transparent or opaque at the touch of a button, allowing different levels of privacy. The standard 47cm monitor is positioned in front of the partition and can also be extended electrically. It teams with one of two Burmester surround sound systems that customers can choose between.

Mercedes-Maybach Pullman (VV 222) 2015

Powering the S-Class Pullman is the same 390kW/830Nm 6.0-litre twin-turbo V12 that’s found in the Mercedes-Maybach S600.

The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class Pullman will make its international debut at next month’s Geneva motor show, ahead of the first customer deliveries at the beginning of 2016. Mercedes says prices will start at around half a million euro ($729,000).

Mercedes-Benz Australia public relations senior manager David McCarthy confirmed the S-Class Pullman would be available to local customers, though said precise timing and pricing would not yet clear.

McCarthy said the local division had low expectations for Pullman sales here, given that the car targets the chauffer-driven market and most high-end buyers in Australia prefer to drive themselves.