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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?

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Thanks; was also wondering about C & E.

Does "S" mean the same thing for an S-class...w...


Thanks; was also wondering about C & E.

Does "S" mean the same thing for an S-class...while not untrue I guess, it's not the first attribute that comes to mind when I think of an S-class.
 

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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.
 

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Re:

A = ???
C (after model number) = “Coupe�
C (before model number) = “Compact�
CD = "Coupe Diesel"
CE = “Coupe Einspritzung�
CDi = “Common rail Direct injection�
CL = “Coupe Luxus� (?)
CLK = “Coupe Luxus Kurz� (?)
D = “Diesel�
E (after model number) = “Einspritzung�
E (before model number) = “Executive�
G = “Gelände� (Terrain)
H = "Heckmotor" (rear-mounted engine)
HP = "Horse Power" (used on the very first Mercedes Benz models)
K = "Kompressor"
ML = ???
S = “Super� or "Sport" or "Saloon" (depending on which car carries the badging)
Sc = "Saloon coupe" (?)
SD = "Super Diesel"
SE = “Super Einsprizung�
SEL = “Super Einspritzung Lang“
SEC = “Super Einspritzung Coupe�
SL = “Sport Leicht�
SLC = “Sport Leicht Coupe�
SLK = “Sport Leicht Kurz�
SLR = ???
SS = “Super Saloon�
SSK = “Super Saloon Kurz�
SSKL = "Super Sport Kurz Leicht"
T = “Touristik"
 

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Wow...what a comprehensive list. Thanks!

Wow...what a comprehensive list. Thanks!

Now off to spend a little time with freetranslation.com!

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can we get some of those in english please?


a few others:
ML= multi-activity-vehic...


can we get some of those in english please?


a few others:
ML= multi-activity-vehicle luxury

SLR= super light racing


i thought A was for the class of vehicle it is in.

TD= turbodiesel
 

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The letters can have more than one meaning

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.
 

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Ahh that makes sense

Okay That helps me. I wondered if the L in my SDL meant Luxury but since it has the same standard features and upgrade options of a SD except it has a lot more leg room I'm guessing its for long.

Luxury may just be an understood value of MB cars.

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oh, i guess dt is for turbo diesel. i could have sworn td is for turbodiesel, at least i...

oh, i guess dt is for turbo diesel. i could have sworn td is for turbodiesel, at least in the us. on newer wagons, it has no extra letter after the model insignia.
 

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No

"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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