The new Vision Maybach Ultimate Luxury made its debut at the Beijing motor show.
In case there was any doubt over the 5-metre status symbol's place in the world, the name badge says it all
It is electrically powered, with a 550kW (738bhp) power output.
“The Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury is a totally new archetype of a kind never seen before,” says Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer at Daimler AG. We say it is plain old-fashioned ugly.
The two white leather lounge seats in the back come with a bone china tea service set.
As well as tea for two, the luxury car can give passengers a massage, and help them unwind with special fragrances, mood lighting and music. Thankfully, it doesn't come with exotic dancers.
Rose gold trimmings and ebony wood are liberally applied to the cabin. Blue jeans may not be a good idea on those seats, though…
In the front, the driver may not get a tea set but it's hardly a shabby place to spend time
A combination of touchscreen, touchpad on the centre console and Touch Control buttons in the steering wheel let the driver control the countless functions of the plush SUV
Split rear windscreen is a throwback to coachbuilt cars from the last century
The battery is claimed to have a driving range of more than 300 miles on the NEDC measurement
Will it go into production? Expect to see a version of this car go on sale, as the company strives to satisfy demand from wealthy Chinese consumers

Gallery: tea for two served in Maybach 'Ultimate Luxury' SUV

Is a tea pot a crackpot idea?

WHEN IT comes to gaining a glimpse of how the other half live, onlookers can often be left with the impression that money can’t buy taste. Now we can add to that that money can’t buy common sense, either.

In the new super-luxury SUV from Maybach, the star attraction is tea for two. The ‘Ultimate Luxury’ SUV, as it’s modestly named, comes with a bone china tea set for the wealthy to enjoy. But the company doesn’t explain how practical it will be to pour scalding-hot Dong Ding tea on a bumpy city street, or what happens as VIP passengers sip Lapsang Souchon and the car’s autonomous emergency braking system kicks in.

Admittedly, for buyers of a Maybach, whose cars cost from more than £172,000, such practical matters are unlikely to be of concern to captains of industry, techpreneurs and hedge fund giants.

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Which is why the Vision Maybach Ultimate Luxury SUV comes with only two seats in the back, white leather lounge seats, ebony wood trim and, of course, that bone china tea set.

The new model made its debut at the Beijing motor show, in China. For all the details of one of the world’s most extravagant cars, click through the slideshow, above.