The 2007 Mercedes-Benz C-Class family of luxury compact sedans will finally be equipped with the German brand’s famous AWD system. Although some connoisseurs tend to complain that the 4Matic is often overly protective, not allowing an enthusiast to fully enjoy driving the car on a snowy road, the system also dramatically reduces your chances of killing yourself and the other guy. No wonder that Mercedes-Benz takes about 20 per cent of its global sales from models equipped with 4Matic permanent all-wheel-drive system.
In the U.S. this amount is almost two times higher, so you must get the idea how important it was to adapt the system to the all-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class vehicles as soon as possible.
The widely-popular among the U.S. motorists system is available to the six-cylinder members of the family, specifically — C280, C350 and, for the first time, C320 CDI diesel model.
The new system, which is pretty good at countering mud and ice, is characterized by lower weight and better fuel efficiency.
For example, the new Mercedes-Benz C 280 4Matic equipped with 231 hp six-banger consumes only 9.6 liter of premium gasoline per 100 km (25 mpg), which is 0.2 liters less than its predecessor used to drink.
The new C 320 CDI 4Matic with 224hp-powered oil-burner consumes only 7.7 liters per 100 kilometers (37 mpg).
The 4Matic cars are coming with standard Agility Control package consisting of selective damper control, seven airbags, crash-responsive head restraints, automatic climate control and light-alloy wheels.
The seven-speed automatic transmission 7G-Tronic with an integrated transfer case with 45 :55 front-rear torque distribution ratio is also available.