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What does 4MATIC mean on a Mercedes-Benz?



4MATIC is the Mercedes terminology for its four-wheel drive system, featured on Mercedes-Benz SUVs such as the GLA, GLB, GLC, GLE and GLS-class, as well as some of Mercedes-Benz's passenger car models. Put simply, it is the name given to Mercedes four-wheel drive or Mercedes all-wheel drive vehicles


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4MATIC is permanently on for optimum balance between traction, driving dynamics and handling safety


From a menacing rain storm to a challenging corner, 4MATIC all-wheel drive makes the most of available traction by precisely engaging all four wheels. More than letting all four tires do the work equally, 4MATIC features a number of advanced, and quick-thinking innovations to empower each wheel individually as conditions change. So, whether you're starting out on a slippery section of the road, encountering a sudden change in the weather, or even rounding a dry curve, 4MATIC helps you stay in control.


4MATIC is far more than an all-wheel drive mechanism added to a two-wheel drive vehicle. It's fully integrated not just with the drivetrain but the many safety and driving assistance systems of a Mercedes-Benz. Under normal conditions, the compact, lightweight system channels the engine's torque to the front and rear wheels through a centre differential, for sporty balance and agile handling. When traction demands change, 4MATIC reacts instantly and expertly to maximise control. By sending power to the wheels that can use it best, it helps you feel a rewarding sense of confidence in any road condition.


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