Will the Mercedes-Benz M-Class become the GLE-Class?

By Loeber Motors | Posted in Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz M-Class on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 at 8:35 am
2014 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

Recent rumors suggest the upcoming refresh of the M-Class will include a name change to the GLE-Class.

Mercedes-Benz M-Class Name Change

The automotive world can be a confusing place to those who aren’t familiar with it, especially when automakers use alphanumeric combinations for their nameplates. The fact is, when Mercedes-Benz rolled out each model, the naming convention made sense, but as more vehicles joined the fleet, the car and utility vehicle nameplates no longer aligned with one another. Now, Mercedes-Benz may be renaming a few of its vehicles so each model name fits intuitively into the lineup.

Red E-Class Sedan

The rumored M-Class to GLE-Class name change would align the SUV with the E-Class (above) in their respective segments.

So what models will be affected? The first model that is rumored to be renamed will be the Mercedes-Benz M-Class. When the refreshed SUV arrives at dealerships, it may no longer be known as the M-Class, but instead the GLE-Class.

The thought process behind the change is that the GLE-Class SUV will align with the E-Class sedan in the hierarchy of Mercedes-Benz models. In terms of size, they slot in the same position within their respective portions of the lineup.

The M-Class won’t be the only vehicle affected, however, as the next-generation Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class will likely be changed to the GLC-Class. You guessed it, to align with the C-Class. By changing the names of just those two models, the Mercedes-Benz CUV and SUV fleet would line up perfectly with the sedans and coupes.

Although nothing has been confirmed, Car and Driver spoke with Mercedes-Benz insiders who leaked the name change. Autoblog also reached out to Mercedes-Benz spokesperson Christian Bokich who said “I’m afraid that it’s too early to tell at this point.”

The Mercedes-Benz vehicle name change certainly makes sense, but we’ll keep you posted if and when official word comes through from Mercedes-Benz. In the meantime, enjoy the Mercedes-Benz M-Class and GLK-Class with their current nameplates!

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