Mercedes-Benz Model Names Explained
Have you ever wondered how Mercedes-Benz names their vehicles, such as the Mercedes-Benz CLA, Mercedes-Benz GLA, Mercedes-Benz GLE, and more? There are also many models that have had their names changed over the years, such as the Mercedes-Benz ML becoming the Mercedes-Benz GLE, or the Mercedes-Benz GL becoming the Mercedes-Benz GLS. For those that are new to the Mercedes-Benz brand, or for those that are used to the older model names, it can be a little confusing. However, Mercedes-Benz names their vehicles for a reason, and try to make it as easy as possible for people to distinguish models. Here is a run-down of how Mercedes-Benz names their vehicles.
Mercedes-Benz Core Models
Mercedes-Benz has five core models that are always a part of the naming nomenclature. These five core models are A, B, C, E, and S. Mercedes-Benz uses these core models internationally, therefore some letters do not apply to the United States market. Many of these core models apply to the United States market, such as C being the C-Class sedan, C-Class Coupe, and C-Class Cabriolet.
The extra letters that are added on to core model letters on many models, such as the CLA and GLC also have meanings. Mercedes-Benz models such as the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Mercedes-Benz CLA have the letters CL added on. The CL means that the vehicle is a 4-door coupe, and therefore only applies to the four-door coupes of the Mercedes-Benz lineup.
Also, models such as the Mercedes-Benz SL and Mercedes-Benz SLC have the letters SL in their naming, to distinguish them as a Roadster vehicle. These roadster vehicles are often two-seater vehicles that feature a hardtop convertible roof. The previous Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster is now renamed the Mercedes-Benz SLC.
Last but not least, our many models that feature the letters GL. These vehicles include the Mercedes-Benz GLS, Mercedes-Benz GLE, Mercedes-Benz GLC, and Mercedes-Benz GLA. The GL prefix is meant to be a nod to the famous signature Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV, which is the flagship SUV of the Mercedes-Benz SUV lineup. Therefore, any Mercedes-Benz vehicle with the letters GL will be considered an SUV. Many of the Mercedes-Benz SUVs that many people know and love have been affected by the new naming standards of Mercedes-Benz and have been renamed. These models include the Mercedes-Benz ML, Mercedes-Benz GL, and Mercedes-Benz GLK. The Mercedes-Benz ML is now the Mercedes-Benz GLE, the Mercedes-Benz GL is renamed the Mercedes-Benz GLS, and the Mercedes-Benz GLK is now the Mercedes-Benz GLC.
As a review, here is a summary of the meanings of Mercedes-Benz models as a review.
Five Core Models – A, B, C, E, and S
GL Prefix – SUV models, such as the Mercedes-Benz GLS, Mercedes-Benz GLE, Mercedes-Benz GLC, and Mercedes-Benz GLA
CL Prefix – 4-door-coupes, such as the Mercedes-Benz CLA and Mercedes-Benz CLS
SL Prefix – Roadsters, such as the Mercedes-Benz SLC and Mercedes-Benz SL.
We hope this explanation of the Mercedes-Benz model names was helpful to you. Of course though, if there are any more questions about Mercedes-Benz models we have a dedicated and friendly staff just waiting to assist you. Feel free to stop by our showroom at 1103 E. Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, NY 11743, or give us a call at 631-549-2369 with any questions or inquiries you may have! We look forward to hearing from you!
6 comment(s) so far on Mercedes-Benz Model Names Explained
what do the letters BE stand for in mercedes c class c180 BE
Unfortunately, that is not a model that is available in the United States region for Mercedes-Benz. Mercedes-Benz currently offers the C 300, AMG C 43, AMG C 63, and AMG C 63 S for the C-Class lineup in the United States.
I would like to know how many CLA 45 AMG OrangeArt Edition Mercedes made. Specifically for America since the Shooting break never made to America but was OrangeArt as well.
Hi John! According to Mercedes-Benz USA, there were 750 total Edition Orange CLA models made during it’s run in the United States. This includes the CLA 250, CLA 250 4MATIC, and AMG CLA 45. You can read the original press release from MBUSA here: https://www.media.mbusa.com/releases/mercedes-benz-revs-up-2016-cla-styling-with-new-limited-edition-orange-and-several-enhancements
What does w220 s500 stand for
Hi Lavon! W220 was a platform for the S-Class from 2000-2006. W means the vehicle was a four-door sedan, and 220 is the chassis number the vehicle was on. The S is the flagship sedan of Mercedes-Benz, and thus every model with S is the flagship of it’s class (ex. GLS, CLS, etc.) Back when the S 500 existed, Mercedes-Benz utilized the numbers in the model name from the amount of liters in the engine. The S 500 was powered by a 5.0 L V8, hence why the vehicle was named S 500. Hope this helps!