Moments in time. A history of traction.

Dependability and trust are vital qualities in any relationship, and every vehicle. That’s why Mercedes-Benz has spent more than 100 years developing and improving its 4-wheel and all-wheel drive capabilities. With this impressive legacy as a foundation, 4MATIC vehicles now offer safety, stability and traction that you can rely on to get you to that moment and beyond.


Paul Daimler creates initial designs for an AWD automobile.


Daimler “Dernberg-Wagen” is the first AWD car for everyday use. It also features 4-wheel steering.
1907 4MATIC


The first-ever fully independent 4-wheel suspension is introduced with the Mercedes 170.
1931 4MATIC


Production begins for the Unimog, a 4WD truck for agricultural use. Still in production generations later, it’s ideally suited for farming and construction in rugged terrains.
1951 4MATIC


Development begins for the Gelåndewagen, a cross-country SUV suitable for industrial, municipal and military use. Its comfort and safety appeals to civilians, too.
1972 4MATIC


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


Production of the Gelåndewagen, or “G-Model” begins in Graz, Austria, where it remains handcrafted, and known as the G-Class, to this day.
1979 4MATIC


Mercedes-Benz engineers introduce a new passenger-car AWD drive system at the Frankfurt Motor Show called 4MATIC.


The W124-series (E-Class) debuts the first 4MATIC models, featuring an electronically lockable differential (ESD).
1987 4MATIC


The M-Class SUV is launched with the first-ever 4-wheel Electronic Traction System (4-ETS) among its many innovations.
1997 4MATIC


4-ETS is added to the E-Class 4MATIC sedans and wagons.
1999 4MATIC


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


Today’s 4MATIC is available on more than a dozen Mercedes-Benz passenger cars and SUVs in Canada and nearly 50 models around the world from cars to SUVs to vans, with gasoline, diesel and even hybrid power.

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Mercedes-Benz Durham
Mercedes-Benz Durham
250 Thickson Road South
Whitby, ON, L1N 9Z1 United States
Mercedes-Benz Durham 43.8740332, -78.9083377.