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.
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.
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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