Mercedes M-Class to Become the GLE in 2015

And other Benz naming scheme news.

Forwhatever reason, the corporate folks at Mercedes-Benz have had enough of the existing namingschemes for some of the marque's current and future models, and are planning tomix it up a bit in the coming years. For starters, Mercedes plans to change the nameof its veteran SUV, the M-Class (or ML). When the2016 model is introduced next year, you'll have to refer to the car as theGLE-Class. Merc wants the last letter in the class name of its SUVs to refer to the class it belongs to, in this case, the E-Class.

Thus, Mercedes will alsobe renaming the GLK compact crossover once it is reintroduced, this time as theGLC-Class. As for the future BMW X6-inspired Concept Coupe SUV, it will benamed the GLE-Class Coupe when it rolls off production lines in the future. These models join the recently-renamed S-Class Coupe (formerly the CL-Class)and the E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet (formerly the CLK-Class).

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