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

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 lineup. Check them out here.

4MATIC variable all-wheel drive

Available on the B-Class, CLA and GLA.

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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% lower than all-wheel drive versions offered by the competition)
  • Highly fuel efficient
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4MATIC permanent all‑wheel drive

Available on the C-Class, E-Class, S-Class, CLS, GLC, GLC Coupe, GLE, GLE Coupe, and GLS.

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This compact and lightweight permanent all-wheel drive system is one of the best performing systems available. Unique and always on, depending on the model it splits power 45:55 or 50:50 between the front and rear axles respectively. When the system detects that wheels are slipping, power is immediately shifted to the wheel on each axle that is 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
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AMG Performance 4MATIC variable all-wheel drive

Available on the CLA 45 and GLA 45.

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This performance all-wheel drive system was created to ensure an ideal combination of agility, efficiency and traction. Power is managed 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 AMG Performance 4MATIC variable all-wheel drive:

  • Enhanced safety on slippery surfaces without compromising driving enjoyment
  • No additional installation space is required so the interior remains spacious
  • Multi-disc clutch with AMG-specific electrohydraulic control integrated in the rear axle differential
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AMG Performance 4MATIC+ variable all-wheel drive

Available on the E 63 S Sedan, E 63 S Wagon and S 63 Sedan.

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This performance-oriented all-wheel drive with fully variable torque distribution combines optimum traction, hallmark AMG driving dynamics and the ultimate in driving enjoyment. The ideal torque distribution is calculated continuously, according to the given driving situation and the driver’s wishes, enabling a seamless transition from traction-oriented all-wheel drive to 100% rear-wheel drive.

Benefits of AMG Performance 4MATIC+ variable all-wheel drive:

  • Enhances driving safety and adhesion on all road surfaces while still allowing a tangible drifting experience on the race track
  • A fully variable torque distribution offers the benefits of all-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive in equal portion
  • A variable multiplate clutch guarantees road-adhesion potential to all four wheels, especially on snow or ice
  • Compact, lightweight design avoids any loss of space in the interior
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AMG Performance 4MATIC permanent all‑wheel drive

Available on the C 43 Sedan, C 43 Coupe, C 43 Cabriolet, E 43 Sedan, GLC 43 SUV, GLC 43 Coupe, GLE 43 SUV, GLE 43 Coupe, GLE 63 S SUV, GLE 63 S Coupe, and GLS 63 SUV.

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This performance all-wheel drive system was created to preserve the premium dynamics and pure exhilaration of driving an AMG vehicle. Power is split 31:69 or 40:60 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 AMG Performance 4MATIC permanent 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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