Perhaps you love cars and are one of those people who didn’t let one episode of MotorWeek pass you by without soaking up the news about the futuristic concept cars on the way. If so, it’s time to start counting your coins and calling your broker, because Mercedes-Benz is getting ready to launch the priciest sedan on Earth when it puts their S-Class Pullman car on sale in 2015, reports Bloomberg.
The armor-plated S-Class Pullman will reportedly come equipped with features that just might lure folks away from competitors like the Rolls-Royce Ghost, which comes with a substantially cheaper $300,000 or so price tag in comparison to the much buzzed about Pullman. Even the $500,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom seems like a bargain sale price next to the Pullman.
Harkening back to a time when SUVs didn’t rule the roads, the Pullman will also contain three rows like many minivans do these days, but the Mercedes S-Class model’s four rear seats will face one another, similar to the party-feel that Southwest Airlines’ seats used to provide. While it’s a party in the back, the Pullman very well might be all business up front with a hired chauffer.
Thusly, a Beyoncé-styled partition window in the Pullman will help to provide protection from “TMI for TMZ” moments to the occupants in the back of the vehicle. Although the top of the line S-Class isn’t the standard fare of cars that seat 7 or more that websites such as Vehicle Mix tend to review, this new highest-end of the luxury passenger sedans could also appeal to those soccer moms and family guys who don’t want to feel forced into a Honda Odyssey Touring model minivan or a Toyota Sienna, simply because they’ve had children and expanded their family.
Nevertheless, the elite Mercedes-Benz Pullman vehicle isn’t something its prosperous owners would likely throw muddy soccer cleats in the back of after a dirty round of practice. Indeed the Pullman, which is 21 feet long – a good 16 inches longer in length that its rival Rolls-Royce Phantom – has already sent this investigative journalist to the official Mercedes-Benz website searching for any mention of the illustrious Phantom, but none was found. This writer, however, was glad to sign up for Mercedes-Benz USA emails, to be among the first to know about vehicle launches, special offers and more.
Though the Pullman sounds truly enlightening in terms of the strides the luxury carmaker is using to capture the ultra-rich market, it’ll be interesting to note how it competes in sales against energy-conscious cars like the Tesla Model S all-electric vehicle.
Folks who have been anticipating this ultra-pricey Pullman sedan – along with a reported smaller Maybach version of the S-Class in the works, which might be priced around $300,000 – will be glad when it finally hits the shelves and is available for purchase, or at least highbrow showrooms, ready for a test drive.