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

November 13th, 2018 by

Red C 300 driving through snow

Not only are Mercedes-Benz models packed with a wide selection of high-end amenities, but these luxury vehicles also deliver dominant performance with help from features like 4MATIC® all-wheel drive. You may be wondering, “What is 4MATIC® all-wheel drive?” or “What does 4MATIC® mean for a Mercedes-Benz model?” When a Mercedes-Benz has 4MATIC®, it means the vehicle has an AWD drivetrain. The 4MATIC® system features a more lightweight drivetrain, which results in improved traction and more agile handling on the road — even during snowy Chicago winters. Learn more about the meaning of Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC® below!

Different 4MATIC® AWD Versions

Is 4MATIC® always on or operating when you drive your Mercedes-Benz? The answer depends on what version of 4MATIC® all-wheel drive you have.

  • 4MATIC® Permanent All-Wheel Drive: 4MATIC® Permanent AWD is available on many different Mercedes-Benz models, including the C-Class and GLC SUV. Depending on the model, this version of 4MATIC® splits the output at either a 50:50 or 45:55 ratio between the axles. By sending more torque to the wheel with the most traction, traction and stability are improved. 4MATIC® Permanent AWD provides better handling in harsh weather conditions. Furthermore, the engine and transmission are fully integrated with this version of 4MATIC®, meaning you’ll enjoy a quieter and smoother driving experience.
  • 4MATIC® Variable All-Wheel Drive: 4MATIC® Variable AWD alternates between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, depending on the conditions of the road and your driving behavior. As a result, your vehicle will handle more responsively in inclement weather while also optimizing fuel efficiency. This version is available on the B-Class, CLA, and GLA models.
  • AMG® Performance 4MATIC® Variable and Permanent All-Wheel Drive: This advanced 4MATIC® version is available on Mercedes-AMG® models. This system shares the fundamental logistics of the other 4MATIC® versions. However, this version comes with a multi-disc clutch with AMG® electro-hydraulic control in the rear differential — further increasing cornering, handling, and traction.

Learn More About 4MATIC® AWD Performance at Mercedes-Benz of Chicago!

If you still have questions, like, “How much is 4MATIC®?” or you simply want to know more about the different AWD versions, contact us at Mercedes-Benz of Chicago. You can also visit our dealership to browse our 4MATIC® vehicle lineup in person!

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