What does 4MATIC mean on Mercedes-Benz?4MATIC is the Mercedes terminology for its four-wheel drive system, featured on some of Mercedes-Benz's car models. Put simply, it is the name given to Mercedes four-wheel drive or Mercedes all-wheel drive cars.
4MATIC: How it worksMercedes 4MATIC technology gives drivers a greater sense of security, as the system is able to transfer power to wheels which may slip or start to lose traction in adverse weather conditions or specific road surfaces. 4MATIC sends the car's engine power to all four wheels, rather than the rear or front wheels only.
4MATIC is an intelligent system that works in conjunction with other state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz safety features to adjust itself automatically depending on the road surface or weather conditions without any driver input. 4MATIC works alongside other safety features such as:
- ABS (Antilock Braking System)
- 4-ETS (4-wheel Electronic Traction System)
- ESP® (Electronic Stability Program)
The 4MATIC 4-wheel drive system is powered, along with the mentioned safety features by either a 7 or 9 speed automatic gearbox which manages the demands of each wheel on the Mercedes 4WD vehicle.
Advantages of Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC 4 wheel drive system4MATIC is an all-wheel/four-wheel drive system and therefore is useful in a number of ways. Enhanced stability is a common advantage, as all-wheels are being used to power the Mercedes. This enables a greater sense of composure in harsh weather such as rain, and will inevitably mean less chance of becoming stuck in tricky situations caused again by adverse weather conditions.
Is 4MATIC always on?
Yes, 4MATIC is a permanent all-wheel drive system, which features on a variety of models within the current Mercedes-Benz range.
Most notably, Mercedes SUV models such as the G-Class range feature 4MATIC technology as standard, whereas other models only feature 4MATIC in the range-topping versions.
So, what Mercedes models feature 4MATIC?Model ranges which include 4MATIC are:
- C-Class including coupe, saloon, estate, cabriolet, CLA and CLA shooting brake
- E-Class saloon and estate
- G-Class including GLA, GLC, GLC Coupe, GLE, GLE Coupe and GLS