What Is Mercedes-Benz Nomenclature Or Naming System?
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Mercedes Benz Maybach 62Mercedes Benz MLDecoded: Mercedes-Benz Nomenclature for its various passenger car models
Mercedes-Benz nomenclature uses multifaceted, alpha-numeric codes to name its models.
Mercedes-Benz is one of the "German Big 3" luxury automakers & world’s oldest automotive company. The Mercedes-Benz nomenclature adopts Alpha-Numerical combinations for its models which is quite different to that of Audi’s & BMW’s nomenclatures. Currently, Mercedes-Benz uses combinations starting with alphabet/s followed by a 2 / 3 digit number.
Mercedes-Benz Nomenclature for its cars starting with Letters:
If the letters such as “A”, “B”, “C” etc. are used as the prefix to the model number, then they represent the ‘Class’ or group of models. The letters which are used as a suffix usually denote the variant or body-style of the car. The letters “AMG” represent ‘Sports’ segment – which is the Sports / Custom version of existing models. The following 3-digit number represents the engine capacity of the car.
Mercedes Nomenclature for the different classes of cars:
A-class: Compact Hatchback with either 5 Door / 3 Door / 4 Door Sedan option.
B-class: Compact Sports Tourer / MPV - The B-Class has a two-box design: One box is for the drive-train while the other for passenger and luggage compartments.
SLC-Class: A sports roadster equivalent to the C-Class.
SLS-class: (Sport Leicht Super) (Sport Light Super) - A 2-seater Luxury Grand Tourer.
SLR-Class (Sport Leicht-Rennen): Sport Light Racing car.
E-Class: Executive Mid-size Luxury Car.
V-class (Wagon / Van class): A multi Purpose Vehicle (MPV) or Van.
AMG GT: Sports Version / Custom Supercar.
MAYBACH: A super ultra-luxury brand of Mercedes-Benz as a limousine.
Mercedes-Benz revived the Maybach with new S-Class Pullman recently.
Revised Mercedes-Benz nomenclature for its classes:
Recently, Mercedes-Benz nomenclature was completely revised which is as follows:
For e.g. Mercedes-Benz A160 is an “A-Class” i.e. a Compact Hatchback with an engine capacity of 1600 cc. After 1994, Mercedes-Benz used an alpha-numeric system for classification of its vehicles consisting of 3-digit numerical code which is approximately equal to its engine capacity in liters multiplied by 10. This follows a group of alphabetical suffixes which specifies its body style and engine option.
e.g. Engine Capacity = Engine Code X 10
∴ Engine Capacity = 160 X 10 = 1600cc
However, in the case of “AMG” models, the engine capacity is shown in two-digits. Then, it is multiplied by 100.
e.g. C36 AMG. Mercedes-Benz C36 is a ‘Sports’ version of its “C-Class” i.e. a Compact Executive Car with an engine capacity of 3600cc.