Mercedes Shows Off 2011 E-Class Estate 4Matic In The Snow

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It's that time of year again: too much food, too little time, and on the roadways, too little grip. But Mercedes-Benz, like many other carmakers, has a tool to help you get to that holiday party on time and unhurt: the 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. Or at least it would if it were scheduled to get here before next summer.

The E-Class 4Matic implementation ought to be near and dear to American hearts, because it's the only way we'll get the E-Class wagon on this side of the Atlantic. We've already detailed the coming American version of the E-Class wagon, or Estate as its European name goes, but a quick refresher doesn't hurt: the E350 4Matic will arrive here in the U.S. in June 2010 as a 2011 model, available for the first time in the U.S. with a sport configuration appearance and optional AMG wheel upgrade.

The 4Matic system itself deserves a bit of attention, too, as it's capable of varying torque to the wheels in splits between 30:70 and 70:30 front:rear, with 45:55 being the default split on dry pavement. A limited-slip multi-disc center differential helps condition power to each axle, and a bevy of electronic aids help ensure traction is maintained once the power is delivered. The 4Matic all-wheel-drive system is available across the E-Class range.

For more on the E-Class, check out our preview of the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan here, or read up on the America-bound E350 wagon. In the mean time, enjoy the mega-gallery below, especially the slides that graphically explain how 4Matic does what it does.


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Comments (3)
  1. Is it me or do those faux-pontoon rear fenders make more sense on the wagon than the sedan?

  2. Sometimes an idea is cooler than its execution... and sometimes that idea just does not have anything to do with the subject matter. Nice try at viral Mercedes, but your going to have to make it worth my time to watch and make it relevant.

  3. That wagons seems like the perfect car for those winter vacations up to the ski resorts. All-weather capability, plenty of cargo space, and good luxury features.

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