Do the letters in MB's model numbering system mean anything? I remember a post on the SLK forum some time ago where the poster said "K" was for "Kompakt", which makes sense. What do the other letters mean?
the C was introduced as compact and took the place of the 190-series. the E took the pla...
the C was introduced as compact and took the place of the 190-series. the E took the place of the 300 series and the S took the place of the 500/600 series. E was used because 300E was before and they just switched the letter to the front. same with the S. it gets a little confusing with the coupes and roadsters. although, SL has been around forever and CL took the place of the S coupe. basically, the C means coupe and the L is for luxury. not sure about the CLK, or the upcoming CLE.
A = ???
C (after model number) = â€œCoupeâ€?
C (before model number) = â€œCompactâ€?
CD = "Coupe Diesel"
CE = â€œCoupe Einspritzungâ€?
CDi = â€œCommon rail Direct injectionâ€?
CL = â€œCoupe Luxusâ€? (?)
CLK = â€œCoupe Luxus Kurzâ€? (?)
D = â€œDieselâ€?
E (after model number) = â€œEinspritzungâ€?
E (before model number) = â€œExecutiveâ€?
G = â€œGelÃ¤ndeâ€? (Terrain)
H = "Heckmotor" (rear-mounted engine)
HP = "Horse Power" (used on the very first Mercedes Benz models)
K = "Kompressor"
ML = ???
S = â€œSuperâ€? or "Sport" or "Saloon" (depending on which car carries the badging)
Sc = "Saloon coupe" (?)
SD = "Super Diesel"
SE = â€œSuper Einsprizungâ€?
SEL = â€œSuper Einspritzung Langâ€œ
SEC = â€œSuper Einspritzung Coupeâ€?
SL = â€œSport Leichtâ€?
SLC = â€œSport Leicht Coupeâ€?
SLK = â€œSport Leicht Kurzâ€?
SLR = ???
SS = â€œSuper Saloonâ€?
SSK = â€œSuper Saloon Kurzâ€?
SSKL = "Super Sport Kurz Leicht"
T = â€œTouristik"
TD is touring,diesel/station wagon.T is the body style,not the turbocharger.
SD is sedan,diesel.
CD is coupe,diesel.
K can also signify "kurz",or short.
Einsprizung is fuel injection.
A lot of confusion is created when different meanings are attached to the same letter..."L" can stand either for light or long,"C" could be either an '80s coupe or a newer C-class....the same letter can have an entirely different significance depending on the car it's on.
"T" is for the body style:Touring/station wagon.Case in point:early 300TDs were diesel station wagons without turbos.(Can you say SLOW?).MBZ 123 chassis Turbodiesel sedans and coupes were SD or CD...Newer E-class wagons are designated TE.The only stock badging I've ever seen alluding to forced induction is the current "Kompressor" emblem.This may not be true in other markets,so don't take it as gospel.
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