Mercedes-Benz Meaning Behind the Numbers and Letters

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Mercedes-Benz makes a wide range of vehicles, from sleek coupes to SUVs and wagons. Luxury, capability, and sophistication define the Mercedes-Benz brand. Its vehicles have a distinctly sleek design, with the Mercedes-Benz logo displayed on the front grille. Whichever style you buy, you'll appreciate the high-quality amenities, innovative features, and advanced powertrains.

When you look at the Mercedes-Benz lineup, it may seem a bit confusing or daunting when you see the different letters and numbers associated with each model, and you may wonder what they all mean. To help you navigate the Mercedes-Benz letter and number system, we've written this article to help you have a more in-depth knowledge of Mercedes-Benz vehicles, classifications, and categories.

What Do the Letters on a Mercedes-Benz Mean?

Within each category of Mercedes-Benz vehicles, you'll see letters prefacing the model name, such as CLA, EQB, or GLS. Or you'll see a class designation, such as A or E. This lettering system helps you identify which category the vehicle is in and the level of the trim or model.

The letters CL are used for the Mercedes-Benz coupes. Each electric vehicle (EV) begins with an EQ designation. All the SUVs start with a GL designation, meaning they have some off-road capability. In general, the higher the third letter in the letter grouping or the letter of the class, A being the lowest, the more luxury features the vehicle will have and the higher the price point will be. So, for example, an EQS will have a higher price point than an EQB, just as an S-Class will have a higher price point than an A-Class.

Mercedes-Benz offers a variety of its vehicles under the Mercedes-Maybach brand. These vehicles, such as the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class Sedan, come with ultra-luxurious features and a higher price point than their traditional Mercedes-Benz counterparts. If you're looking for the ultimate Mercedes-Benz with unparalleled designs and features, you should consider a Mercedes-Maybach vehicle.

You'll also notice a sub-brand of Mercedes-Benz called Mercedes-AMG. These are Mercedes high-performance vehicles. These vehicles have a sporty design with engines and suspension systems designed for high performance. As of now, Mercedes-Benz offers one vehicle under the Mercedes-AMG brand, the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe.

What Do the Numbers Mean on a Mercedes-Benz?

Generally, the numbers found on a specific trim or variation within the category represented the engine power and size. In the past, if you saw, for instance, an S 350, it meant the sedan or coupe had a 3.5-liter engine. If you saw a GLS 550, it meant the SUV had a 5.5-liter engine.

Now, with hybrid and electric versions of the Mercedes-Benz, the numbers no longer represent the size of the engine. Rather, the higher the number, the more powerful the engine. Some turbocharged or hybrid engines may come with smaller volumes, yet they produce more power than a larger, gas-only engine. The best way to see how Mercedes-Benz utilizes its number categorization system is to speak with one of our expert Mercedes-Benz team members.

What Are the Main Categories of Vehicles Offered by Mercedes-Benz?

Mercedes-Benz offers sedans, coupes, convertibles, roadsters, wagons, and SUVs, some of which are in the electrified category. We've listed below the current lineup of Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Maybach, and Mercedes-AMG vehicles according to the category.


All these SUVs are perfect for family road trips or vacations. Mercedes-Benz also offers a sub-G-Class designation for its rugged and retro-style G-Class SUV. Here is the full list of SUVs to choose from:

  • GLA SUV.
  • GLB SUV.
  • GLC SUV.
  • GLC Coupe SUV.
  • GLE SUV.
  • GLE Coupe SUV.
  • GLS SUV.
  • G-Class SUV.
  • Mercedes-Maybach GLS SUV.

Sedans and Wagons

Sleek sedans and wagons are ideal for urban driving and comfortable road trips. Vehicles in this category of Mercedes-Benz usually come with four doors and a roomy interior. They include the following:

  • A-Class Sedan.
  • C-Class Sedan.
  • E-Class Sedan.
  • S-Class Sedan.
  • Mercedes-Maybach S-Class Sedan.
  • E-Class Wagon.


Mercedes-Benz coupes are sleek and aerodynamic. They all come with two doors, with the exception of the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe. Small families and couples who prefer a sportier car with luxury features will enjoy having one of the following coupes:

  • CLA Coupe.
  • C-Class Coupe.
  • E-Class Coupe.
  • CLS Coupe.
  • Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe.

Convertibles and Roadsters

Sports car enthusiasts will enjoy driving a Mercedes-Benz two-door convertible or roadster. If you like the option of having the top up on days with inclement weather, you can choose the convertible or cabriolet with a retractable hard top or soft top with windows. A roadster doesn't come with a top and usually has no side windows. While not a sports car, the roadster is fun to drive on a warm, sunny day. The vehicles in this category are:

  • C-Class Cabriolet.
  • E-Class Cabriolet.
  • SL Roadster.


Mercedes-Benz has an all-electric lineup for its gas-powered vehicles, including sedans, SUVs, and the top-tier Mercedes-Maybach. Each EV has innovative and contemporary features to power the vehicle, including dual-electric motors and batteries with advanced technology that provides up to 350 miles of driving range, depending on the model and trim. The following are the EVs you can choose from:

  • EQB SUV.
  • EQE Sedan.
  • EQE SUV.
  • EQS Sedan.
  • EQS SUV.
  • EQS SUV Maybach.

Find the Ideal Mercedes-Benz for Your Luxurious Lifestyle

Our team at Mercedes-Benz of Temecula invites you to stop by our dealership to view our extensive inventory of new and used Mercedes-Benz vehicles. We offer a variety of Mercedes-Benz vehicle specials, and when you find the ideal Mercedes-Benz for your lifestyle, you can use our trade-in value tool to help you learn about the value of your older vehicle. Contact us today for more information about the Mercedes-Benz lineup and to learn more about each model's features.