The 4MATIC was named after the automatically switchable axle drives, which, in contrast to conventional all-wheel drives, are only activated when needed. To control the drives different driving situations are evaluated electronically. With its performance-oriented fully variable torque distribution it combines the advantages of four-wheel drive with those of a rear-wheel drive. This means traction and driving safety combined with a high level of driving pleasure.
☞ The designation 4MATIC was protected as a trademark of Daimler AG until the end of 2014.
A vehicle with 4MATIC is capable of drifting, since the fully variable torque distribution also allows for pure rear-wheel drive. Many vehicles were also equipped with a drift mode specifically for the racetrack. And in the opposite case, it leaves nothing to be desired. For increased driving safety, the adjustable multi-disc clutch, especially on snow and ice, guarantees maximum traction on all four wheels.