Mercedes-Benz Model Names Explained

August 27th, 2019 by

How Does Mercedes-Benz Name Its Models

The way Mercedes-Benz names its models may be clean, simple and sophisticated, but since the names all consist of some combination of letters, and numbers for trim levels, they aren’t exactly easy to remember. Some manufacturers may have clever, memorable names for their cars, but saying “I drive an S-Class” sounds a lot better than “I drive a Golf.”

So, like we said, Mercedes-Benz model names all begin with a letter, and that’s what we will focus on here. Just by considering the letter(s) in the name, if you know what you’re doing, you can tell which type of vehicle it is without even seeing it.

Understanding Mercedes-Benz Naming Conventions

When it comes to sedans, the core models in the Mercedes-Benz lineup, each one will begin with a single letter. The A-Class is the latest example of this. Other sedan names include the C-Class, E-Class and S-Class.

Coupe models will contain multiple letters in their name, but you’ll still be able to recognize them because they begin with the letters CL, such as the CLS and CLA. Mercedes-Benz sports cars are named similarly, but include the letters SL, such as with the SL and SLC roadsters.

Lastly, there are the crossovers and SUVs. Each of these models starts with the letter G, perhaps nodding the Mercedes-Benz’s iconic G-Class vehicle. Other SUVs include the GLS, GLE, GLC, GLA and GLB. Some of these crossovers have coupe and SUV models, and that will be indicated after the three-letter naming convention.

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Mercedes-Benz Model Sizes

Now, where things really get interesting is that you can get a feel for the size through these names too. For example, you may already known the A-Class is the smallest sedan, followed by the C-Class, E-Class and S-Class, in that order.

Well, if you know that, you can also figure out what size the crossover models are just by seeing the name. See, the GLA, ending with the letter A, is the smallest crossover in the lineup. That is followed from smaller to larger with the GLB, GLC, GLE and GLS, with that final letter giving you a hint at the size.

The letters in Mercedes-Benz model names are far from random, and as you can see, you can get quite a bit of information about the car just by knowing what it’s called. To learn even more, contact us at John Sisson Motors.

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