Welcome! Today marks the first installation of Lone Star Mercedes-Benz “technology in detail.” In this post, we take a look at the Mercedes-Benz all-wheel drive system, 4MATIC. For most Albertans, all-wheel drive isn’t nice to have, it’s a must have. 4MATIC in its essence, is designed to deliver optimal traction, handling control and maximum confidence to the driver in less than ideal conditions (which for us Albertans, can be a year round occurrence!)The history of 4MATIC begins all the way back in 1907 when Paul Daimler pioneered the first AWD car for everyday use (Read about the “Dernberg-Wagen here)
Mercedes-Benz engineers continued to develop and manufacture AWD systems until 1987 when the first generation of 4MATIC was introduced on the W124 (E-Class) sedans and wagons. The Electronic Traction System (4ETS) featured on the 124 series was eventually integrated into the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) in which control functions were specifically adapted for all-wheel drive. 4ETS & ESP work together to achieve traction control when one or more wheels lost traction on a slippery surface by employing the ABS system to partially break the wheel which is losing traction while increasing torque to the wheels with good traction. This simple and effective system was introduced to the public in 1997 most notably with the release of the M-Class SUV.
Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC all-wheel drive was made to keep you and your family safe in a variety of road conditions; dry, rain, snow, ice or unsurfaced. Currently, 4MATIC is available on 22 Mercedes-Benz passenger cars and the Sprinter 4×4. There are three variations of 4MATIC (variable, permanent & AMG performance) which are available on sedans, coupes and the entire range of SUV’s.
Stay tuned for our next article outlining the features, technology and differences between 4MATIC All-Wheel Drive, 4MATIC Permanent All-Wheel Drive and AMG Performance 4MATIC Permanent All-Wheel Drive.