Mercedes-Benz revises vehicle classification
Mercedes-Benz recently announced that it has revisited its model nomenclature, providing customers a simpler and a more transparent way to identify models within its growing portfolio. The new vehicle designation that will be used to denote the SUV lineup is “GL”, whereas will “CL” denote four-door coupes, and “SL” will denote roadsters.
Moreover, the system that will be used to identify vehicle models is centred around the five core model series, A, B, C, E and S. For instance, the designations for SUVs models will have the first two letters “GL” in their name, where the “G” denotes the car’s lineage in a tribute to the G-Class, the “L” is a linking letter that makes the model designations easier to remember, while the last letter will denote model series (A, B, C, E and S).
GLA = GL A-Class
GLC = GL C-Class; previously GLK
GLE = GL E-Class; previously M-Class or ML
GLE Coupe = GL E-Class Coupe
GLS = GL S-Class; previously GL
The SLK will be renamed to the SLC and the SL-Class will retain its current designation. In addition, the letters c, d, e, f, and h will be used to denote engine types.