Noticeably enhanced handling stability and traction on wet, snow-covered or icy roads: in 4MATIC the new S-Class features one of the most capable permanent all-wheel-drive systems on the market. It is always in readiness and is activated in accordance with the situation, if the sensors detect that traction is insufficient.
The proprietary development from Mercedes-Benz needs no differential locks because electronic control systems distribute the tractive power to all four wheels.
For this purpose the ESP® driving safety system perfectly meshes with the 4ETS Electronic Traction System. Automatic braking pulses improve moving off performance on slippery surfaces as well as enhance stability during critical manoeuvres
4MATIC all-wheel drive compensates the adverse effects of poor surfaces or roads because it distributes the torque always at ratio of 45 : 55 between the front and rear axle.
 The figures shown for fuel consumption and CO2 emissions were obtained in accordance with the prescribed measuring process (Regulation [EC] 715/2007 in its currently applicable version). The figures are not based on an individual vehicle and do not constitute part of the product offer; they are provided solely for purposes of comparison between different vehicle models.