The new Mercedes diesel model nomenclature which debuted globally in 2016 A Class facelift has been implemented in India. As this image of a brand new Indian S Class indicates, the CDI badge which identified the oil burning Mercs so far has been replaced by a simple ‘d’, just like rival BMW.
This is a part of Mercedes’ restructuring strategy to make model identification simpler. For this purpose, the luxury car maker introduced a new primary nomenclature which grouped models that share a platform. This move saw the GLK changing its name to GLC with the ‘C’ in the naming denoting its origin from the C Class platform. Likewise the ML Class become GLE. The GL Class will be rebranded as GLS in its next iteration.
Coming back to the new diesel variant nomenclature, Mercedes chooses to continue with the three-digit numerical designation to identify the engine. We expect Mercedes-Benz India to adopt the new system quickly across its entire lineup.
It’s to be noted that fellow German luxury car maker Audi also recently underwent a variant name restructuring process which saw the engine displacement badges being replaced by three-digit numbers which are arrived at after a sophisticated calculation. Higher the number, higher the engine capability, irrespective of the displacement.
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Via – Overdrive.in