Mercedes-benz 4matic All-wheel Drive Proves Itself In Winter’s Toughest Conditions
On a frozen lake in a Canadian winter, Mercedes-Benz puts itself up against the season’s extreme conditions.
The ultimate test of the handling and manoeuvrability of any high-performance vehicle is how it handles on ice and snow, and in January Mercedes-Benz staged the most exciting test drive on a racetrack made of ice in Gimli, Man., the very heart of Canada’s frozen north.
In the middle of deepest and darkest winter, Gimli wind chills can reach -40 C. That at is where dangerous cold lives, an environment few encounter on this planet, where the snow squeaks, the ice is like concrete and poured liquid freezes before it hits the ground. It was the ideal location for the custom-built racetrack, created on a frozen lake. The thickness of the ice on this lake reaches three feet, which is safe enough to park a commercial airliner and perfect for testing the handling of Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-AMG vehicles featuring 4MATIC all-wheel drive.
The Mercedes 4MATIC all-wheel drive features a four-wheel drive system designed to increase traction in slippery conditions and maximize vehicle handling through winter storms and around tight corners. Its fully integrated technology reacts instantly to any driving scenario, with each wheel responding individually for advanced driving control. This more advanced system comes with reliable quality and engineering to ensure the superior performance you would expect Mercedes-Benz to deliver.
The custom-built racetrack featured multiple twists and turns, becoming almost a frozen Le Mans. Through this exclusive test drive, Mercedes- Benz 4MATIC proved its worth and innovative engineering, with drivers reporting expert handling, traction and the ability to manoeuvre these extreme conditions of tight corners and slippery surfaces.
It’s doubtful whether regular drivers will ever encounter such ultimate winter driving conditions, but in proving its gripping control in such an extreme environment, the Mercedes- Benz 4MATIC all-wheel drive system certainly demonstrates great confidence that it can handle whatever Old Man Winter may choose to throw our way.