We Hear: Mercedes-Benz to Introduce New Model Nomenclature
Mercedes-Benz is reportedly planning to take the same route as Infiniti, renaming several models in its lineup. By adopting a “new conflict-free nomenclature,” the German automaker will rename models so that they easily fit into the A-, C-, E-, and S-Class lines, and according to our friends at Automobile, the first models to bear the new nomenclature will be the refreshed M- and GL-Class SUVs, which will debut with GLE and GLS badges, respectively.
The four major car lines should help clarify how various body styles relate to the various model lines. For example, the C-Class will absorb the SLC, which will be the new name for the refreshed SLK-Class roadster. The GLC, which is set to replace the GLK-Class, will also be included in the C-Class line. As for the upcoming GLC coupe, it will keep the same naming scheme as the S-Class coupe, which was previously known as the CL-Class. The next-gen M-Class falls under the E-Class’ umbrella, and will drop the ML designation for the GLE badge, while the MLC we’ve spied before will drop that name for the GLE-Class coupe name. In addition, the GL-Class will sport the GLS badge and be identified as part of the S-Class family. Although the new nomenclature may sound confusing at first, a planner from Mercedes explained to Automobile how the new program would help make things easier. “Like the convertibles, coupes no longer warrant a bespoke model designation. After all, unambiguous shapes like these are self-explanatory.” But not all models will sport new names, as the G-, CLS-, and CLA-Class, and AMG GT supercar will keep the same monikers.