What is 4MATIC® All-Wheel Drive (AWD)?

June 15th, 2018 by

Red Mercedes-Benz C300 with 4MATIC AWD in Snow
While Mercedes-Benz is known for offering luxury vehicles, the automaker is also known for producing high-performance models thanks to features like 4MATIC® all-wheel drive. This innovative AWD system allows Mercedes-Benz vehicles to achieve:

  • Improved handling
  • More efficient fuel economy
  • A more lightweight drivetrain

You might not need them to handle snow like the model above, but Plano drivers will appreciate the added control and confidence on the road, rain or shine. Learn more about the different versions of 4MATIC® all-wheel drive before — including some Mercedes-Benz AMG® options — before heading to Mercedes-Benz of Plano near Carrollton.

4MATIC® Variable All-Wheel Drive

This version of the Mercedes-Benz AWD system — available on B-Class, CLA, and GLA models — reads the conditions of the road in conjunction with driving behavior in order to alternate between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. This allows the vehicle to perform more responsively regardless of road conditions, as well as maximize the fuel-efficiency of your Mercedes-Benz.

4MATIC® Permanent All-Wheel Drive

From the C-Class sedan to the GLC SUV, this version of 4MATIC® is available on a range of Mercedes-Benz models. 4MATIC® Permanent AWD splits output at a 45:55 or 50:50 ratio between axles (depending on the model) in order to improve traction and increase stability by sending more torque to the wheel with the most traction. This system allows for:

  • Better handing in inclement weather
  • More rear legroom thanks to a compact design
  • Less noise/vibration because of the fully integrated engine and transmission setup

AMG® Performance 4MATIC® Variable & Permanent All-Wheel Drive

Throughout the storied Mercedes-AMG® lineup, there are even more advanced 4MATIC® systems. These renditions shares the basic mechanics of the other two Mercedes-Benz AWD systems, but are advanced by a multi-disc clutch with AMG® electrohydraulic control in the rear differential.

Experience 4MATIC® AWD Performance Today!

Ready to experience the power of Mercedes-Benz AWD in person? Visit Mercedes-Benz of Plano near Dallas to learn more about 4MATIC® and explore the Mercedes-Benz vehicle lineup. You can rely on our Mercedes-Benz service department to keep your vehicle in top shape for years to come, or learn about other safety features like Mercedes-Benz PRESAFE® and DISTRONIC PLUS®.

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