Various sources are indicating Mercedes-Benz is planning to label the "M-Class" as "GLE-Class" from the 2016 model year.

Various sources are indicating Mercedes-Benz is planning to label the “M-Class” as “GLE-Class” from the 2016 model year.

We already know from numerous spy photos Mercedes-Benz is preparing a facelifted M-Class for next year and it seems the model will be renamed as part of a new nomenclature which will affect other models as well and has already started with the CL-Class transforming into S-Class Coupe. The 2016 M-Class facelift will likely be commercialized with the GLE moniker and will be followed shortly by a BMW X6-rivaling version called "GLE Coupe" previewed by the Concept Coupe SUV.

Initially, it was believed the second member of the M-Class will be sold with either the MLC or ML Coupe nameplate but now it seems Mercedes-Benz has decided to use "GLE Coupe." According to the report, the "E" in "GLE" is a reference to the similarly-sized E-Class family and in the future we should also expect to see the GLK successor as a C-Class-based “GLC” positioned between the GLA and GLE. A GLC Coupe to take on the BMW X4 is also being considered but a decision has not been taken yet.

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Mercedes-Benz M-Class rumored to become GLE-Class