Among a large number of current car manufacturers and counting, Mercedes-Benz has been standing as one of the best auto brands on earth throughout its development in bringing in the newest models and latest technologies into the world of cars.
One thing that contributes significantly to the car brand’s success lies in its design. Mercedes-Benz is trademarked as the one brand that introduces various distinctive designs in its vehicles which fall into up to 17 classes.
Today Naijauto.com is glad to present you with an informative article which dissects all 17 classes of Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
But first, let us group those 17 into 4 smaller categories upon the body types.
The A, B, C, E, and S belong to the core classes.
The GLA, GLC, GLE, GLS, and G classes belong to SUV and off-road.
The CLA and CLS belong to 4-door Coupe.
The SLC and SL belong to Roadster.
The German car manufacturer batches its A-Class on the subcompact luxury saloon (sedan) and hatchback and for that reason, Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts call it Baby Benz for its decent size. Since its first introduction to the auto market in 1997, Mercedes-Benz has been released a total of 4 generations.
A-Class is also called Baby Benz
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Coming 12 years later than the A-Class, the subcompact MPV has been increasing in size and having bigger engines than its brother’s.
The subcompact MPV has been increasing in size and having bigger engines than the A-Class
It was in 1993 that the C-Class was brought to life. This was an attempt to replace the Mercedes-Benz W201 a.k.a 190.
It was in 1993 that the C-Class was brought to life
The CLA-Class is designed to be a subcompact luxury four-door Coupe or Wagon Estate. It was first introduced at the beginning of the year 2013 in form of a first-ever 2WD 3-box saloon.
The CLA-Class is designed to be a subcompact luxury four-door Coupe or Wagon Estate
The CLS-Class is developed for mid-size luxury four-door coupe or Wagon Estate. It came into life in 2004.
The CLS-Class came into life in 2004
Having gone through five generations since 1993, the E-Class is considered to be the executive vehicles of Mercedes-Benz.
Fun Fact: The letter E refers to its fuel injection engine which was used as a prefix for each model.
The E-Class is considered to be the executive vehicles of Mercedes-Benz
This is among the longest produced Mercedes-Benzes and is 35 years old now. First aimed to be a military vehicle, the G-Class has a boxy look which we call G-Wagon (short for Geländewagen).
The mid-size 4-wheel drive SUV was built based on the ideas of the king of Iran, a huge Mercedes-Benz shareholder.
First aimed to be a military vehicle, the G-Class has a boxy look which we call G-Wagon (short for Geländewagen)
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The GLA can be seen as an alternative for the A-Class. It is a subcompact luxury SUV which has power transferred to both front wheels and all wheels. This class just came into actions in 2015.
The GLA can be seen as an alternative for the A-Class
Also going into production in 2015 and also being an alternative of another class (C-Class), the GLC-Class comes in form of a compact luxury SUV.
The GLC-Class comes in form of a compact luxury SUV
The GLE-Class has its other name as the M-Class. The GLE is a mid-size luxury SUV which has been developed since 1997.
The GLE-Class is considered to be equivalent to the E Class.
The GLE is a mid-size luxury SUV which has been developed since 1997
The full-size SUV has joined Mercedes-Benz’s production lines since 2006. Designed with three rows of seats, this 7-seater vehicle is the longest Mercedes-Benz SUV ever.
It has been now in its second generation since 2012.
The GLS-Class is equivalent to the S Class.
The full-size SUV has joined Mercedes-Benz’s production lines since 2006
S-Class stands for Sonderklasse (Special Class). The full-size flagship cars belonging to the S-Class has been going on roads since 1972.
S-Class stands for Sonderklasse (Special Class)
The SL-Class has been charming the heart of million car enthusiasts since 1954. The LS stands for Sortlich-Leicht (Lightweight).
The SL-Class is produced to aim at the luxury purchasers only.
The SL-Class is produced to aim at the luxury purchasers only
The SLC-Class is the roadster that is based on the SL Class.
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The C Class is the light commercial van and MPV which have now been in its third generation. The first-gen vehicles hit the auto markets in 1996, the second came in 20014, and the current-gen models have been active since 2014.
The C Class is the light commercial van and MPV which have now been in its third generation
16. AMG GT
Every AMG GT model comes in form of a 2-door, 2-seater coupe or roadster which is paid a great deal of attention to the aerodynamics with a low center of gravity.
The first model in the AMG GT Class was unveiled in 2014.
Every AMG GT model comes in form of a 2-door, 2-seater coupe or roadster
The X-Class is the latest class Mercedes-Benz introduced to the auto industry. Its first model was revealed in 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa.
The X-Class is the latest class Mercedes-Benz
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