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Mercedes-Benz Malaysia had the Mercedes-Maybach S 500 on display during their Dream Cars event in Langkawi earlier this week. It was one of the two cars that were launched during the event alongside another member of the S-Class family, the AMG S 63 Coupe.

We didn’t get to drive the Maybach, but we took the opportunity to take a closer look at the car and observe what the differences are compared to the ‘regular’ long wheelbase S-Class.

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The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is codenamed the X222. In case you wanted to know, the regular S-Class is the W222, the long wheelbase usually sold in Malaysia is the V222 and the extra long Maybach Pullman that’s even longer than this Maybach is the VV222.

The new X222 has 963 mm of effective headroom and 325 mm of effective kneeroom, compared to 951 mm and 166 mm in the V222 long wheelbase S-Class. Other than the additional room, the rear passenger seats have a different ambiance because the seat backs are positioned behind the door cutout, which creates a feeling of privacy.

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As you can see from the image above, your head is basically positioned next to a pillar instead of a window. Mercedes-Benz actually made the rear doors of the X222 shorter compared to the V222 because of the extra large pillar area – you could perhaps even consider this C and D pillars instead of just a C pillar.

The extra legroom afforded by the increased wheelbase (at 3,365 mm long, 200 mm longer than a V222) makes the X222’s lounge seating position so much more comfortable compared to the V222. If you’re a tall person, you get to really stretch out and I had over 100mm of space between my feet and the front seat, compared to the V222 where my feet rest against the back of the front seat (see here).

Other differences compared to the regular S-Class include a double-bar front grille, full chrome B-pillar, extra chrome bits on the front and rear bumper as well as embossed Maybach logos on the armrests in the interior. There’s also Maybach lettering on the front cupholder cover and near the rear aircond panel. The analog clock is IWC-branded, something reserved for the AMG versions of the regular S-Class.

As pictured here, the Maybach costs RM1.35 million but as you can observe equipment levels aren’t the top of the range at this price point. You still get everything you get in the V222 S400 Hybrid with the addition of the Burmester High End System (S400h makes do with the mid-range regular Burmester).

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But at this price point, the car still uses regular bench seats, although the electric ottoman feature is now available for the driver side rear seat as well instead of just the passenger side on the V222. It’s only when you upgrade to the four-seater option that you’ll get extra bits of comfort including extra cushioning on the ottoman and a fancy throw pillow.

This is an S 500 – upgrading to the 530 hp, 830 Nm V12-powered S 600 will apparently add about half a million to the price tag. The S 500’s 4.7 litre twin turbo V8 does 455 horsepower and 700 Nm of torque, mated to a 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox – that’s a newer gearbox with two extra gear ratios compared to the regular S-Class, though we’ve no doubt the S-Class will eventually be updated to 9G-Tronic as well.