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In an ideal world, I'd make sure that it's perfectly legal for anyone to give a wedgie to youths who have their tracksuits positioned below their arses.

At the same time, I'd also love it if politicians would stop being children and got on with their campaigns like adults rather than spew out allegations and useless perception for brownie points.

But most of all though, I'd love to live in a world where the German giant, that is Mercedes Benz, went back to simpler times and built genuinely durable cars that oozed engineering quality. Sadly though, it's not the 1970s anymore and they need to be competitive with other brands in order to get the money rolling in.

However, there are several cars in Merc's current range that are just... unnecessary. In my opinion, they make too many cars and quite a lot of them clash with one another. While trying to break it down as best I can: here's what I think needs to be amended.

The SL identity crisis

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Sport Leicht - or sport light in English. Those were the two words used to describe the glorious 300SL Gullwing, and that car lived up to the name like Elvis did to the term, legend.

After that though, the SL wasn't really a sports car anymore. From the 190SL and Pagoda onwards, it was a style piece that was tailored more towards a comfortable, open-top cruiser.

The AMG models did reinstate the sport in SL, but they're certainly not light. Now, I don't know about you, but doesn't anyone else think the AMG GT should've been the new SL?

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Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

Think about it: the GT is sporty, it's much more of a lightweight than most of the Mercedes range. They even use it for GT3 racing.

It would've made perfect sense to call this the SL. It's priced around the same as the generic SL and offers quite a lot more cool for the money. The actual SL has been rendered pointless in my opinion.

With that said though, the next generation SL is said to use the GT's platform and allegedly evoke the spirit of the 300SL. I guess we'll see how that pans out.

4-door coupe, what?

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Image credit: Wikipedia

The CLS came along in 2004 as a more premium, sleeker version of the E-Class saloon. It was very nice and quite a lot of people were tempted by it. Today however, I'm not seeing the point of it.

Why? Because the 4-door AMG GT thing exists. That shares the E-Class' platform, engine options and so on. It's essentially what the CLS is, and was when it first came out.

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Image credit: Newspress.com

So, why on earth do both cars still exist? I think to avoid confusion, they should drop the CLS and just offer a 3.0 litre diesel in the AMG 4-door. That would make things so much easier.

Unfortunately however, Mercedes seems to have taken the niche tactic way too far.

Two of the same thing

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Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

I get it. Making a small entry-level saloon is great for attracting mass markets and generating huge bulks of cash. There is however, no need to make two versions of the same thing.

The A-Class saloon is the saloon variant of the A-Class hatchback. The CLA - while it bears a different name and slightly different styling cues - is also the saloon variant of the A-Class saloon. You've got to ask yourself: why on earth did they make both?

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Image credit: Newspress.com

They say the CLA has more of a coupe-like profile with the sloping roof line, but even that - for me at least - is too weak to justify making two of the same cars with a different nameplate. Especially considering both cars share exactly the same purpose.

I think it's a bit silly.

Thanks for reading

So, there we are: those are the examples of the current Mercedes range that I'd adjust to avoid confusion. It's important that buyers understand their proposed cars as much as possible before buying, and frankly, Mercedes isn't doing a lot to help with that in my opinion.

If you want to say anything or provide more suggestions, please don't hesitate to leave a comment.

Thanks.

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