Mercedes-Benz will change its naming scheme as new models arrive

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 17, 2012

Mercedes-Benz introduced new models such as the E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet as well as the C-Class Coupe. Moreover, the CL was rumored to become the S-Class Coupe but it appears that this name will be history as Mercedes-Benz will overhaul its naming scheme again. Although the first models carried one letter (S-, E-, G-Class), Mercedes-Benz introduced two-letter badges (CL, GL) and then three-letter designations (CLC, CLS).

Still, this isn’t enough as Mercedes-Benz is expanding its portfolio with new models and needs new designations. As a result, the German manufacturer will introduce a new naming process: G will be the new common marker for SUVs and crossovers, while C will be the prefix for coupes and convertibles; SL will remain a common marker for all the new sports cars.

Still, there’s more! The upcoming four-door coupe based on the Mercedes-Benz B-Class is no longer badged CLC, because the second C will denote the model range, and the car is not based on the C-Class.

According to the new scheme, the correct name of the “old” CLC will be CLA. Same thing with the GLC crossover, which will make its debut in 2014 – the new crossover will be named GLA. Regarding the coupe and cabriolet versions of the A-Class, these will become CLB because the car is based on the MFA platform used by the B-Class.

The upcoming coupe and cabrio models based on the current C-Class, these models will receive the CLC moniker. The E-Class Coupe and Cabrio models will be named CLE.

Regarding a new coupe based on the S-Class, this would receive the CLS badge but since the name is already taken, it will receive a new name. The CL is expected to get the SLC moniker, while the baby SLS is expected to be called SLR. The new GLK is expected to become GLC as this model is based on the C-Class platform. The G-Class will retain its name because it remains company’s flagship SUV model. [source: automobile]

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