Mercedes like to stir things up every once on a while, and that is not limited to the looks of their car or the way they go. Once every few year they also change the naming system for their car, introducing new ones and dropping some old one. This is the new Mercedes-Benz nomenclature for 2015 onwards.
The new naming policy was announced in conjunction with the new Mercedes Maybach S600 which is set for debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in a couple of weeks. Apart from that, there are bigger changes happening in lower classes, bringing new nameplates like GLS, GLC, and SLC.
One of the most surprising changes in the new Mercedes-Benz nomenclature is the new SLC Class. We used to think this moniker was reserved for the new sports car, which turned out to be the AMG GT. So the SLC will be used for a brand-new model that will replace the SLK Class. So SLK is no more, which is kind of sad.
The normal family models, including A, B, C, E, S, CLS, and CLA models remain unchanged, but the GL will be renamed GLS, the M Class will be renamed GLE, and the GLK will henceforth be known as the GLC Class. The rest of the lineup, including the G Class, GLA and the SL reman unchanged.
As for the boot lid badges, there are changes here too, and they are designed to be simpler to understand. Check them out:
- 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)