Mercedes-Benz Nomenclature Changes Announced
Mercedes-Benz’s 2016 model year lineup will be coming at us next year with a handful of new and different names. Don’t get too excited, though. It’s still going to be the typical luxury vehicle alphanumeric language, but at least it will be considerably more streamlined.
“After more than 20 years of continuity involving some of the most recognized and successful product names in the world, we are now making our system of vehicle nomenclature even more understandable,” said Dr. Jens Thiemer. “Now is the ideal time to do this, for in 2015 we will be updating virtually our whole SUV model range, providing us with the perfect starting point for renaming the whole family of vehicles.”
The changes to model names are relatively small, affecting the SUV lineup from almost top to bottom. The idea, it seems, is to use the third letter of each class name to indicate a spiritual kinship with a core model (e.g. the GLS indicates the GL-Class version of the S-Class).
The changes are as follows:
- G – unchanged
- GL – henceforth the GLS
- ML – henceforth the GLE
- GLK – henceforth the GLC
- GLA – unchanged
- GLE Coupe announced, previously referred to as the ML Coupe
Other changes include the SLK roadster becoming the SLC roadster (indicating kinship to the C-Class) and the announcement of a new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.
- c = “compressed natural gas” (formerly Natural Gas Drive)
- d = “diesel” (formerly BlueTEC and CDI)
- e = “electric” (formerly PLUG-IN HYBRID, BlueTEC PLUG-IN HYBRID, and Electric Drive)
- f = “fuel cell” (formerly F-CELL)
- h = “hybrid” (formerly HYBRID and BlueTEC HYBRID)
- 4MATIC is unchanged
“More clarity, more transparency, more consistency for Mercedes-Benz customers – we are convinced that our new nomenclature will support us in achieving this objective,” added Thiemer.