What is Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC System?
Like any industry, the automotive world is full of jargon. In addition to generic automotive terms like B-Pillar and catalytic converter, car shoppers also have to try to understand branded terms from each automaker. For example, those searching for a Mercedes-Benz will certainly come across the term 4MATIC. While you can probably make out that it has something to do with the drive system based on context clues, you may not realize the many benefits the 4MATIC system provides. Since we get asked this fairly often on the lot, we’ll take a little time to answer the question, “What is Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC System?”
Short answer — The Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC System is an all-wheel drive system developed by Mercedes-Benz to help your vehicle get the best possible traction in various driving conditions. From snow-covered hills and icy patches to winding roads and steep inclines, the Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC drive system uses cutting-edge engineering to help you stay in control of your vehicle in even the most challenging circumstances. The 4MATIC system is available on nearly every Mercedes-Benz model, including the two smallest vehicles — the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class and the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class.
If you’re interested in knowing the how rather than the what, here is the more detailed answer to the “What is the Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC System?” question (this is where it gets interesting!).
When you’re driving your Mercedes-Benz in normal conditions, the 4MATIC system takes the engine’s torque and distributes it to the front and rear wheels through a center differential to provide supreme balance. When conditions change, the system immediately reads and reacts to the road, then sends power to the wheels that will provide the best traction and control possible.
At the core of the Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC system is the transfer case, which works with in the 7-speed automatic transmission to deliver power to the front axle. That center differential we discussed above balances the power between the front and rear wheels and the 4-ETS utilizes sensors to determine which wheels need torque or braking adjustments and which wheels will provide the best traction.
Most all-wheel drive systems are simply an all-wheel drive mechanism added to a two-wheel drive vehicle. Mercedes-Benz takes a different approach by fully integrating the 4MATIC drive system with the drivetrain, safety systems and driving aids included in Mercedes-Benz models. That ensures you are always aware of how your vehicle is responding to the road so you can determine how fast or slow you should be driving.