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

December 6th, 2018 by

2018 C 300 4MATIC® on a highwayWhat is 4MATIC®, and what does 4MATIC® mean on a Mercedes-Benz? 4MATIC® is an all-wheel drive system that has a lightweight drivetrain. When your Mercedes-Benz vehicle comes equipped with 4MATIC® all-wheel drive, you’ll experience better traction and smoother handling on Chino roads. Learn more about Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC® from the team at Mercedes-Benz of Ontario!

Different Versions of 4MATIC® AWD

Is 4MATIC® always on when you drive your Mercedes-Benz? For some 4MATIC® versions, it’s always activated; however, it depends on the particular 4MATIC® system with which your Mercedes-Benz is equipped.

  • 4MATIC® Permanent All-Wheel Drive: This AWD system is available on Mercedes-Benz vehicles, such as the C-Class and GLC SUV. 4MATIC® Permanent AWD divides the output between the vehicle’s axles at either a 45:55 ratio or 50:50 ratio. This depends on which model you own. The benefits of 4MATIC® Permanent AWD include better handling in inclement weather and a smoother driving experience.
  • 4MATIC® Variable All-Wheel Drive: 4MATIC® Variable AWD is available on the CLA, B-Class, and GLA models and switches between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. The type of drivetrain used depends on your driving behavior and road conditions with this version of 4MATIC®, meaning you’ll get responsive handling and increased fuel efficiency.
  • AMG® Performance 4MATIC® Variable and Permanent All-Wheel Drive: Available on Mercedes-AMG® models, this 4MATIC® version shares many of the core logistics of other Mercedes-Benz AWD versions. This system differentiates itself with a multi-disc clutch with electrohydraulic control in the rear differential. This increases the handling, traction, and cornering.

Learn More About 4MATIC® at Mercedes-Benz of Ontario!

Do you want more information on the meaning of 4MATIC®, or are you wondering, “How much is 4MATIC®?” Contact us at Mercedes-Benz of Ontario near Upland and Fontana!

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