The Mercedes-Benz 4Matic (stylized as 4 MATIC) is the marketing name of an AWD four-wheel drive system developed by Mercedes-Benz. It is designed to increase traction in slippery conditions. For many people, knowing that our AWD system was created by Mercedes-Benz is more than enough for them, because Mercedes-Benz is synonymous with Safety, Performance, Patents and so much more. For others, they want to know more about our 4MATIC system and why it and not another 4 Wheel Drive or All Wheel Drive system.
Dependability and trust are vital qualities in any relationship, and every vehicle. That’s why Mercedes-Benz has spent more than 100 years developing and improving its 4-wheel and all-wheel drive capabilities. With this impressive legacy as a foundation, 4MATIC vehicles now offer safety, stability and traction that you can rely on to get you to that moment and beyond.
The first design of 4Matic system was introduced in 1987 on the W124 series (E Class) saloons (four-door) and estate (station wagon) cars.
Since 2008, some versions of 4Matic have provided true AWD where the system remains active at all times. Sophisticated engine management and ABS systems control the amount of torque transferred to each wheel allowing the system to be effective at any speed.
In 2016, Mercedes introduced a new 4WD system called 4Matic+. This system can send 100 percent of the available engine torque to either the front or rear axles. In the fifth-generation E-Class an additional setting was introduced in the E63 S AMG model that disconnects the front axle from the powertrain, effectively turning it into a rear wheel drive automobile. This has become known as “Drift Mode”.
Benefits of 4MATIC All-Wheel Drive
Improved handling on all types of road surfaces
Lighter construction than competitive all-wheel drive systems
High fuel efficiency
Compact design allows as much interior legroom as in rear-wheel drive models
Engine/transmission assembly is designed to reduce noise and vibration for quiet running
4MATIC is available on almost every Mercedes-Benz model, including the B-Class, CLA, GLA, C-Class, E-Class, S-Class, GLS, GLC, GLE, GLE Coupe, GL and G-Class, as well as the Mercedes-AMG E 63, CLS 63, S 63, S 63 Coupe and GL 63.
For more information on the Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC system, you may check out Wikipedia.
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