Mercedes updates Maybach with new grille for 2019

The ultraluxury Maybach variants of the Mercedes-Benz flagship S-class sedan will get new faces this year.

A new grille featuring vertical struts and inspired by a pinstriped suit headlines the freshened 2019 Mercedes-Maybach S560 and S650, which will debut in early March at the Geneva auto show. They will go on sale in the U.S. in late summer. Mercedes introduced the grille design on the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 coupe concept shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d"Elegance in 2016.

Other changes for the 2019 model include more color combinations for the signature Mercedes-Maybach two-tone exterior paint finish. Nine combinations will be offered, and a double clear coat finish is a new option for all dark colors. That hand-applied second finish creates a piano lacquer effect, Mercedes says.

Mercedes has delivered more than 25,000 Mercedes-Maybach S-class models to customers since the variant was launched in 2015. More than one in 10 S-class vehicles sold in 2017 was a Mercedes-Maybach. The markets for the subbrand include the U.S., China and Russia.