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Old 12th November 2014, 15:21   #1
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New Mercedes Benz Nomenclature:

The system behind the new nomenclature is simple, clear and transparent. The model designation is always an acronym made up of between one and three upper-case letters. The different types of engine are indicated by a lower-case letter. The system centres around the five core model series, A, B, C, E and S, which will continue to be used to provide orientation for our customers. In the case of the model designations for the SUVs, in a tribute to the legendary G Class, all SUV models will in the future have the first two letters "GL" in their name. The "G" here denotes the car's lineage. The "L" is a letter that appears time and time again over the history of Mercedes-Benz. It is a linking letter that makes the model designations easier to remember and easier to pronounce; one that is familiar from the legendary SL, for example, or from the more recent CLS and CLA. It is followed by the third letter, which indicates the relationship to the relevant core model series. In specific terms:

GLA = GL A-Class
GLC = GL C-Class; previously GLK
GLE = GL E-Class; previously M-Class or ML
GLS = GL S-Class; previously GL
G unchanged

The system for the 4-door Coupés is constructed along similar lines. The first two letters, "CL", denote the origin, the third letter the link to one of the core model series: in other words CLA and CLA Shooting Brake, or CLS and CLS Shooting Brake.

From 2016 on the Roadsters will all include "SL" in their names to denote their origin, with the third letter again the link to one of the core model series. The SLK therefore becomes the new SLC. As in the case of the G, the SL retains its designation as hitherto, in recognition of its iconic status.

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In a development paralleling that of the model series designations, the different types of engines will also be given new designations. These provide clear orientation and are also shorter than the designations used until now. The boot lids will in future feature lower-case letters, whose meaning is as follows:

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

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As has been the case until now, there will be no suffix for the petrol models. The defining and established designation 4MATIC for all-wheel-drive vehicles will remain unchanged and will be celebrating its thirtieth anniversary next year.

So, what was once the Mercedes-Benz GL350 CDI 4MATIC will now become Mercedes-Benz GLS350 d 4MATIC

The Stuttgart-based manufacturer of premium automobiles will start 2015 by launching a new nomenclature, the system used for the designation of its various model series and engine types, so providing its customers with a simple and transparent way to find their bearings around its ever-growing portfolio of models.

Also announced was the Mayback revival : link

Source: Mercedes-AMG Private Lounge

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Thanks for this useful information Aditya!

Some more info (Courtesy: :

The new nomenclature will begin to roll out with the face-lifted M-class, which arrives soon alongside the GLE coupe.

Finally, Mercedes also confirmed the Mercedes-Maybach subbrand, which joins Mercedes-AMG as an offshoot of the mothership. On these cars, the plan is to have AMG or Maybach on the left side of the trunklid, the three-pointed star in the middle, and the model designation (S600, C63, and so on) off to the right.
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Well, things seem to have got more clear / logical, however...

Note how they haven't made any mention of the numbering corresponding to engine size. (Which is/was also a great source of confusion - or clever marketing if you want to look at it that way).

Guess we can expect a 1.2 liter "S600 h" sometime in the future.


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