Mercedes-Benz M-Class will change name into GLE-Class starting next year

Article by Christian A., on August 26, 2014

As you may know already, BMW started to overhaul its naming scheme last year when the 3-Series Coupe became the 4-Series Coupe and when the 1-Series Coupe became the 2-Series Coupe. It appears that another German car manufacturer, Mercedes-Benz, will follow BMW. After it changed the CL-Class into S-Class Coupe, Mercedes-Benz decided to rename one of its most popular SUVs.

The latest reports indicate that the M-Class will change its name because the German carmaker wants a new naming structure where its SUVs and CUVs will start with G. As a result, the M-Class will become GLE-Class, while the production version of the Concept Coupe SUV will arrive as the GLE Coupe.

And the news continues because the GLK-Class will become GLC-Class because it will be based on the C-Class. In addition, the coupe version of the GLC-Class will be called GLC Coupe.

So, next year when you want to order a brand new M-Class and you will not know why the salesman is looking at you strange, make sure you ask for a GLE-Class SUV.

Mercedes-Benz has completely redone its best-selling vehicle in the SUV group. The features of the all-new GLE include a more attractive front and rear as well as broad measures that create all-new standards for emissions and the drive systems. Through the engine range that is available, they have reduced fuel use and CO2 by an average 17 per cent when compared with the prior model group.

For a first in its SUV history, Mercedes-Benz has a plug-in hybrid, the GLE 500 e 4MATIC, that blends maximum effectiveness with incredible performance. This multi-talented vehicle will even outdo the already lowered fuel use data of the efficiency champ, the GLE 250 d with a four-cylinder diesel engine, while providing a V8 model performance.

As well as having a design that is very appealing, the variable drive experience due to DYNAMIC SELECT, and assistance systems much like the E- and S-Class, the GLE moves with a broad selection in engines.

The 204-hp four-cylinder diesel GLE 250 d provides extraordinary performance with the lowest fuel use for this segment of automobiles. It is the first production full-sized SUV with traditional drive that produces only 140 g of CO2/km (52.3 mpg)

No less amazing is the very first Mercedes-Benz SUV with plug-in hybrid advancements. A system production of 442 hp in the GLE 500 e 4MATIC ensures amazing performance - with just 78 g/km (85.6 mpg) CO2 emissions. With consumption of 16.7 kWh/62 miles, the GLE 500 e 4MATIC is the standard in this segment. Also, the hybrid can drive all-electric to up to 18.5 miles.

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