If you’ve used Uber or Lyft or Sidecar or others, then you’ve been in a variety of cars of varying states of luxury, from cloth-upholstered compacts to leather-lined Lincolns. Now think of how cool it would be to have this Mercedes Maybach Pullman pop up on your app.
You can get fancy with Uber by specifying an UberBlack car, but even those are nothing like this. You wouldn’t imagine what ‘s inside when this obviously fancy but relatively nondescript long sedan pulls up – after it debuts in March 2015 at the Geneva International Auto Show as a 2016 model, of course.
Actually it’s the car behind – the 1965 Mercedes 600 that will celebrate its 50th anniversary coinciding with the new Pullman’s debut – that you’d think would be the richest, with its dense details…
…amidst confident simplicity.
The new one has the familiar modern Mercedes facade.
Contours appear supple and strong, again with little hint of what’s within.
Inside, the views are expansive.
Seat controls would help you find the right position…
…and those leg bolsters would motor right up to hold you in a chaise position…
…as your head sinks into the pillowed headrest behind.
Above is a ceiling of French stitching…
…which runs in patterns down the doors…
…and augments the padded front console.
Carpeting is grooved on the sides and plush where you step.
Pillows with the Maybach logo are stitched to match. Maybe there would be a placard somewhere with a happily-worded request to please not take them with you.
And then there’s the reason this Mercedes-Maybach Pullman would be the toast of the Uber fleet: complimentary Dom Perignon for you and your companion. Or if you’re alone and you’ve had that kind of day, you could double-fist it.
It’s a fun to think of this Mercedes-Maybach Pullman, which the company says is aimed at “governments, rulers and royal families” to be vying for fares alongside the six-year-old Hyundai Elantras. It would require someone with $566,922 in their account to spend, along with a desire to serve others with their driving. And the running costs would add up; you’d have to buy Dom Perignon in bulk.
If a Mercedes-Maybach Pullman enters your local Uber fleet, it may look nothing like this example. Part of the appeal is its wide customization. But however your Pullman would look, it would certainly be a memorable ride.
Tell us in the comments – what do you think of the Mercedes-Maybach Pullman’s rich interior?