Mercedes-Benz has formally announced sweeping changes to the naming of models in its line-up.
Already reported by Autocar, the German car maker has tweaked its current naming system to place greater emphasis and identity on its five core model lines: A-, B-, C-, E- and S-class. This results in the renaming of four key models and the creation of other new model designations.
Further up the line-up, the GL gains a new GLS nomenclature, denoting its up-market positioning on a level consummate with the S-class. This model is largely expected to sire a Bentley Falcon rivalling long-wheelbase Mercedes-Maybach GLS model in the future.
The renaming of the GLK, ML and GL will take effect in 2015 with the launch of new or facelifted models. The G-class name remains unaffected by Mercedes-Benz’s plans.