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Mike Stevens | Aug, 27 2014 | 1 Comment

Most models in the growing Mercedes-Benz SUV range can be found with a ‘G’ badge on their rump, but one Merc has long been doing its own thing.

That could be about to change, however, with new reports this week suggesting that the Mercedes M-Class will soon be known as the GLE-Class.

The report, with America’s Car & Driver, adds credence to whispers in recent years that Mercedes would soon unify all of its SUV and high-riding 4WD models under the ‘G’ moniker.

The GLE range would join the giant GL-Class, the rugged and retro-styled G-Class, the midsized GLK not yet available in Australia and the compact GLA that launched earlier this year.

As for the ‘E’ in the new name, Car & Driver reports that this is a reference to the similarly sized E-Class range - just as the ‘A’ in GLA points to the A-Class with which the compact SUV shares its platform.

Above: the so-called MLC could instead wear a 'GLE Coupe' badge.
Above: the so-called MLC could instead wear a 'GLE Coupe' badge.

This also means that, with the M-Class to become the GLE-Class, Merc’s coming new X6 rival will likely be known as the GLE Coupe - rather than ‘ML Coupe’ or ‘MLC’ as it has been dubbed in the media.

This latest change in the prestige market follows a shake-up at BMW that has seen the birth of the new 2 Series and 4 Series ranges, while Infiniti has moved its entire line-up to a ‘Q’ and ‘QX’ structure.

Mercedes-Benz has yet to confirm the name change for its big M-Class, but we can likely expect to learn more as its next update nears in early 2015.

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