All-wheel drive - outstanding, assertive power

The GL doesn't know what bad road conditions are

4MATIC all-wheel drive

The 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive offers the best possible traction and increased driving stability - in poor driving conditions too. The system provides dynamic handling and can help enhance your safety – particularly in challenging driving situations. 4MATIC improves the driving dynamics, traction and handling further still.

Even when the going gets tough, 4MATIC all-wheel drive helps you keep moving more safely. If there is a risk of wheels spinning on surfaces with different degrees of grip, in a fraction of a second selective brake interventions redirect the engine's torque to the wheels that are not spinning.
The benefits to you at a glance:

  • Permanent safety: as 4MATIC is activated at all times, it needs practically no time at all in which to react in unfavourable weather conditions such as heavy rain, black ice or snow.
  • Working together: The all-wheel drive is provided by a two-stage transfer case with reduction gearing, and when combined with the high-performance engines and automatic transmission it provides very good driving dynamics.
  • Additional systems: the ESP® Electronic Stability Program and 4ETS Electronic Traction System with integral ABS and ASR acceleration skid control functions increase the effect of the all-wheel drive further still, thereby giving outstanding traction and handling.
  • A high level of traction: The ETS Electronic Traction System brakes spinning wheels either individually or in axle pairs.

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