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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.

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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.

Via: motortrend