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Mercedes AnnouncesNew Model Designations

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On: Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 11:59AM | By: Teddy Field

Mercedes AnnouncesNew Model Designations

Following similar moves by Cadillac and Infiniti, Mercedes Benz has developed a new naming strategy for its most popular models. Except here, the model designations actually make sense. Click through to find out more…

With the introduction of several new SUVs, Mercedes decided to simplify the naming of its luxo-trucks. It seems that well-heeled suburbanites might have trouble associating the latest Mercedes LuxUV with the correct market segment. And to correct this, they’ve renamed all their SUVs to correlate with the market segment served by the cars on which they’re based. So, henceforth, all Mercedes Sport Utility Vehicles will be referred to by the letters ‘GL’ (except the Gelandewagen/G-Class), and the third letter denotes the chassis on which the Ute is based.

G/G-Class - Unchanged
GLA - A-Class
GLC - C-Class (formerly known as the GLK)
GLE - E-Class (formerly known as the M-Class/ML)
GLE Coupé - E-Class Coupé
GLS - S-Class (formerly known as the GL-Class/GL)

Using similar logic, four-door coupes have been redesignated ‘CL’ and two-door roadsters are now known as ‘SL’.

CLA - A-Class
CLS - S-Class
SLC - C-Class (formerly known as the SLK)
SL - SL-Class

Engine designations have also changed to represent the modernization of MB’s drivetrain portfolio. Going forward, a lowercase letter on the trunklid will tell you what kind of powertrain the car has.

c - compressed natural gas (formerly known as Natural Gas Drive)
d - diesel (formerly known as BlueTEC and CDI)
e - electric (formerly known as PLUG-IN HYBRID, BlueTEC PLUG-IN HYBRID and Electric Drive)
f - fuel cell (formerly known as F-CELL)
h - hybrid (formerly known as HYBRID and BlueTEC HYBRID)

Back in the day, ‘E’ stood for Einspritzer which was German for Fuel Injection, and ‘L’ stood for long wheelbase. But at least these model names are actually based on something that you can relate to. Unlike a CT QX60 x-Drive-900EXL Ti.

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