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Mercedes 4MATIC AWD System Review

I'm stuck in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The rest of the country might have had a reprieve from winter this year, but not here. The snow is coming down so thick the runway can't be cleared and I'm debating heading back to the hotel. Despite several inches of accumulation, getting there shouldn't be hard. After all, the reason I'm here in the first place is for a deep dive into the Mercedes 4MATIC all-wheel drive system.

Although we usually cover single vehicle reviews here at AutoGuide, this time out, we've taken a slightly different approach, instead focusing on a system, in this case Mercedes' fourth generation 4MATIC all-wheel drive. Mercedes is eager to get the word out about its all-wheel drive equipped models and raise awareness of the system's benefits.

Mercedes-Benz has been offering a system that powers all four wheels in passenger vehicles since 1987 in Europe and 1989 in the US. That first recipient was the W124 mid-size sedan, the forerunner of today's E-Class. Compared to modern AWD systems, that first 4MATIC was decidedly primitive, being a part-time setup that used electro-hydraulic locking differentials to transmit power to the front tires only when needed.

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