I just recently passed on a news piece about Cadillac undergoing some serious work between now and 2020, and now Mercedes is joining in on the lineup blitz heading into 2020. According to a report from Motor Trend, Mercedes-Benz plans to add 11 new vehicles to its lineup and completely rename and restructure its range by the end of the decade
We already know about the extended-wheelbase S-Class, codenamed the X222, that is set to debut at the LA Auto Show. This model is six inches longer than the existing S-Class and will likely carry the Mercedes-Maybach name. Another addition will be what we now know as the VV222 that will debut in 2015. This model is a full foot longer than the X222 and some rumors claim that it will have six doors. This model will likely carry the Mercedes-Maybach Pullman name, according to Motor Trend.
We also have the sub-AMG models that are set to hit showrooms starting next year with the debut of the C450 AMG Sport. These models will receive light engine tunes to go along with plenty of suspension mods.
Motor Trend goes on to report that we will also see a change in the naming scheme for Mercedes SUVs. According to the report, all SUVs below the G-Class will carry a GL prefix with a single-letter suffix to indicate its position within the lineup. For example, we already have the GLA in the works, the GLK will become the GLC, the M-Class will become the GLE, the GL will become the GLS, and a coupe version of the GLC will hit the market by 2020 carrying the GLE name.
Something must be in the water at these luxury car headquarters, as first we had the Infiniti lineup shift, then the Caddy shift and now Mercedes. At least they all seem to be moving toward easier-to-understand lineups.