For the Chinese market only.
Because of some odd local market taste it seems that every single car maker is offering "long wheelbase" versions of their sedans over there.
The same day, both Jaguar and Audi were showing long versions of the XF and A4.
Which is so strange and pretty much defeats the purpose of an other larger model all together.
I mean who would get a regular A6 when a "long A4" has even more legroom?
And BMW is also doing this with their SUVs!
It really seems like something out of the Bizarro World to me.
But, hey. Just look at that back seat.
Of course it's attractive to people who seat in the back and are driven most of the time.
But again, with the new E Class already being super luxurious, who would pick a regular S-Class over this?
Usually, carmakers design a longer rear door. (Plus roof etc...) But the longer versions don't look that different.
This one does.
Mercedes has been testing this Maybach version of the new E Class for a while now.
Which, as you can see, will basically be the same car as the Chinese E Class "L" model.
So there you go.
Why not sell this to everyone, everywhere...