August 17, 2004
2005 Mercedes-Benz S-Class to offer all-wheel-drive as standard equipment
2004 Mercedes-Benz S500 4Matic. Click image to enlarge
Toronto, Ontario – Mercedes-Benz Canada announced the 2005 Mercedes-Benz S430 will come standard with 4Matic all-wheel-drive, while the 2005 S500 will offer both rear-wheel-drive and 4Matic. Introduced in November 2002, 4Matic equipped models accounted for over 30% of model year 2004 S-Class sales in North America.
Mercedes-Benz 4Matic is a full-time all-wheel-drive system that uses a 40/60 front/rear torque split through a planetary centre differential and requires no driver intervention. Advanced four-wheel electronic traction control is used to vary torque distribution to individual wheels under slippery conditions. Even if three wheels lose traction, 4Matic can direct power to just one wheel, front or back, left or right, to keep the car moving. The system is lightweight (under 200 pounds) and compact, so passenger and cargo spaces are virtually unaffected.