What is 4MATIC?

4MATIC: All-season capability. All-road certainty.

No matter what the conditions - wet or dry, slippery or rugged - the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system from Mercedes-Benz creates grip by engaging all four wheels. The result? You can venture out and make that moment happen - with confidence - every day. Different 4MATIC systems have been developed to meet the unique needs of our diverse Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-AMG line-up. Check them out here.

4MATIC all-wheel drive system

Available on the B-Class, CLA and GLA.

This new generation all-wheel drive system manages power in a fully variable way to the front or rear axle based on road conditions. When conditions are good, the vehicle operates in front-wheel drive only. When conditions get challenging, power is rapidly channelled to the rear axle and when that power isn't needed anymore, the rear drive is quickly deactivated to maximize fuel efficiency.

Benefits of 4MATIC all-wheel drive:

  • Improved handling on all types of road surfaces
  • Lighter (Up to 25% lighter in weight than all-wheel drive versions offered by the competition)
  • Highly fuel efficient

4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive system

Available on the C-Class, E-Class, S-Class, CLS, GLC, GLE, GLE Coupe, GL and G‑Class.

This compact and lightweight permanent all-wheel drive system is one of the best performing systems available. Unique and "always on," it splits power 45:55 between the front and rear axles respectively. When the system detects that wheels are slipping, power is immediately shifted to the axle that's spinning more slowly. This improves traction and vehicle stability.

Benefits of 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive:

  • Superior handling on dry, wet, icy or unsurfaced roads
  • Fuel efficient (fuel consumption is similar to comparable vehicles with a conventional drive system)
  • 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

AMG Performance 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive system

Available on the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S, CLS 63 S, S 63 and S 63 Coupe, and GL 63.

This performance all-wheel drive system was created to preserve the premium dynamics and pure exhilaration of driving an AMG vehicle. Power is split 33:67 between the front and rear axles respectively to improve acceleration from a standing start. When conditions demand, the system ensures safety by getting all four tires to reach their maximum traction potential.

Benefits of 4MATIC all-wheel drive:

  • Enhanced safety on slippery surfaces without compromising driving enjoyment
  • No additional installation space is required so the interior remains spacious
  • Compact and lightweight design helps reduce fuel consumption and exhaust emissions

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