The Mercedes-Benz GLE (previously M/ML-Class) is a sport utility vehicle produced since 1997. From 2015, the M-Class was renamed to GLE as per the revised nomenclature adopted by the brand. Under this scheme, SUVs use the base name "GL", followed by the model's placement in Mercedes-Benz hierarchy. The "G" is for Geländewagen (German off land wagon for off-road vehicle) and alludes the long-running G-Wagen. This is followed by the letter "L" that acts as a linkage with the letter "E"—the GLE being the SUV equivalent to the E-Class.
The Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is the sporty coupé version of the GLE and is heavily related, sharing its platform, mechanicals and interior.