Mercedes A-Klasse and B-Klasse Will Get 4Matic AWD
|   Sunday, December 22, 2013
Starting January next year, Mercedes will introduce the 4Matic C all-wheel drive system in the list of optional equipment for models in the A-Class and B-Class. The compacts from the German manufacturer will have 4Matic technology tailored specifically for a front-wheel drive platform, now endorsed by Mercedes.

Because we are talking about a system developed specifically for front wheel drive vehicles, it is easy to understand that under normal conditions, the torque goes to the front axle.
When adherence is precarious power is sent to the rear axle too; the 4Matic system can send up to 50 percent of the engine torque to the back of the car. The new system is different from the classic 4Matic system, recognized for its 45 / 55 ratio on both axes, under normal conditions.

All-wheel drive will be offered optionally on the A250 version of the A-Class hatchback, and on the B220 derivative of the B-Class monocabs. Both will be recognized by the indicative 4Matic joined to the regular name.

In the British market, the cars will have a better fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions of about 92 g/km on top of the new optional feature. The builder claims to have skipped any compromise as far as performance goes, by introducing weight reducing techniques, adjustments to the powertrain and revised. In that perspective the cars get a lighter fuel tank, underbody paneling, a lowered suspension, manual transmissions with longer ratios in higher gears and a new aerodynamic grille.
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