Confidence in all conditions.

Through winter storms and tight corners, 4MATIC all-wheel drive maximizes traction to put you in control and keep you there.

Greater control. Gripping results.

Fully integrated Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC all-wheel drive responds instantly to any driving scenario. Each wheel responds individually to changing conditions for advanced driving comfort. 4MATIC all-wheel drive delivers more than just control in Canada’s sometimes challenging driving and weather conditions.






The 4MATIC Legacy

For more than a century, Mercedes-Benz has been synonymous with innovation, design, and safety, and 4MATIC all-wheel drive is an outstanding part of that legacy. Since 1903, the company has been developing and improving on our 4-wheel and all-wheel drive capabilities. Now, our 4MATIC vehicles offer the safety, stability, and control that our customers can rely on—no matter where the road takes them.

1903

1903

Paul Daimler creates the initial design for an AWD automobile.

Dernberg-Wagen

1907

The “Dernberg-Wagen” is the first AWD car for everyday use. It also features 4-wheel steering.

Unimog

1951

Production begins for the Unimog, a 4WD truck initially intended for agricultural use. Still in production generations later, its go-anywhere capability makes it ideally suited for farming and construction on even the most rugged terrains.

Geländewagen SUV

1972

Development begins for the Geländewagen, a cross-country SUV with the capacity for industrial, municipal and military use, as well as the comfort and safety required for everyday civilian enjoyment.

1903

1978

Introduction of the Antilock Braking System (ABS) lays the foundation for future electronic traction control systems.

1903

1985

The 4MATIC all-wheel drive system makes its first appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

W-124-series E-Class

1987

The W-124-series (E-Class) debuts the first 4MATIC models, featuring an electronically lockable differential.

M-Class SUV

1997

The M-Class SUV is launched with the first-ever 4-wheel Electronic Traction System (4-ETS) among its many innovations.

2008

2008

A new generation of 4MATIC achieves a system weight of well under 200 lbs. It appears first on the CL 550 Coupe.

Today

Today

4MATIC is available on nearly all Mercedes-Benz vehicles around the world, with gasoline, diesel, hybrid and electric power.

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