The Maybach version of the next generation Mercedes S-Class has been caught on camera.
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The Maybach version of the next-generation Mercedes S-Class limousine has been caught on camera in heavy camouflage on the roads near Germany's Nurburgring.

While the disguise doesn’t give away much in terms of exterior styling, its longer wheelbase – when compared to the standard S-Class it is based on – is apparent in these images. As is the possibility of rear-wheel steering in the photos on the roundabout (above and below).

Although we can't take the design of the grille for granted given the disguise, it is different to what has been spotted on other 2021 Mercedes S-Class test vehicles.

After launching the Mercedes-Maybach brand 23 years ago with two standalone models, Mercedes has since chosen the more affordable option of adding a Maybach badge – and other luxuries – to the S-Class limousine since 2014, when the current generation was introduced.

The next generation Mercedes S-Class is yet to be revealed but was first spotted in July 2019.

CarAdvice understands the new Maybach S-Class is expected to retain its V12 as an option, as reported late last year. That 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged V12, code named ‘M279’, currently produces 463kW and an astonishing 1000Nm.

Inside, details remain scarce, however a large portrait-oriented Tesla-style screen can be seen in one of the photos above. This is similar to what has been spotted in other 2021 S-Class prototypes and is expected to debut Mercedes’ new MBUX 2.0 infotainment system.

Mercedes-Benz Australia has not announced if the next generation Maybach S-Class is coming to Australia.

However, CarAdvice believes the super-luxury limousine is likely to come to local showrooms as the company has already confirmed its 2021 Maybach GLS600 SUV – Maybach's version of the Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV – will arrive later this year.