The introduction of the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class SUV may have led you to believe it was an all-new model. While there are many new aspects to the GLE-Class, the new model is the natural evolution of the M-Class SUV, which will no longer be part of the Mercedes-Benz lineup in 2016. The GLE-Class replacing the M-Class in name is just the beginning, however, as Mercedes-Benz is reworking its vehicle names to make the more intuitively understood in terms of size and segment.
To those unfamiliar with the brand, Mercedes-Benz’ alphanumeric naming principles can be a little confusing, but after this slight reworking of the names and with the help of this complete guide to understanding Mercedes-Benz new vehicles names, you’ll be able to decipher a GLE from a GLA with one eye closed.
The new Mercedes-Benz nomenclature will only change the name of four vehicles and all will be based on the core model series sedans, which are the most widely understood.
Most changes come in the SUV and crossover category, where every model will now begin with the letter G. The G-Class and GLA will remain the same, but the GL-Class, M-Class, and GLK-Class will all get new names. The new names will be:
M-Class = GLE-Class
GLK-Class = GLC-Class
The new names are designed to relate directly with Mercedes-Benz sedans. The new GLS-Class is Mercedes-Benz’ flagship SUV, much like the S-Class sedan is the flagship among the core model series. Similarly, the GLE-Class falls in line with the E-Class and the GLC-Class with the C-Class.
The CLS and CLA-Class four-door coupes retain their names, and the only other change is to the Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class, which will become the SLC-Class.
Although you’ll see some of Mercedes-Benz’ top models get phased out in the next few months, realize that they really aren’t going anywhere, only receiving new names. As these models roll out, we’ll continue to remind you of the the name changes and how they fit within the Mercedes-Benz lineup. Until then, take a closer look at the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class (formerly M-Class) SUV which the brand just announced yesterday!