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The all-wheel-drive Mercedes-Benz C400 4Matic is an unusually sporty offering from the brand with the three-pointed star. By Samuel Ee

Published Fri, Apr 18, 2014 · 10:00 PM
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"Sporty performance" is not a label often used for a model in the Mercedes-Benz range of family sedans. But when it comes to the new C400 4Matic, it seems totally appropriate. The Mercedes-Benz C400 4Matic compact saloon is a high-end variant of the new C-Class line-up that will arrive here later this year.

While the entry-level C-Class models such as the C200 and C250 have four-cylinder turbocharged engines to drive the rear wheels, the C400 4Matic comes with a punchy 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 to send power to all four wheels. The 4Matic permanent all-wheel-drive system splits power 45:55 between the front and rear axles - and this is achieved without the use of regular differential locks. Instead, it relies on a combination of the ESP Electronic Stability Program's drive dynamics and the 4ETS electronic traction system. As a result, 4Matic is lighter than other conventional four-wheel-drive systems, adding just 70 kg to the car's kerb weight rather than the usual 120 kg for other systems. With all-wheel-drive, traction and stability for this small but powerful Merc is increased. And because the 4Matic system is rear-biased, driving pleasure is also increased.

This C-Class brims with confidence. Its 333 hp and 480 Newton-metres of torque enable lightning fast response to pressure from the gas pedal. Yet the strong torque is deployed with maximum grip. Handling benefits from the newly developed four-link front suspension. Previously a three-link set-up, it improves steering and stability in corners. The rear suspension retains Merc's accomplished five-link set-up, which has been optimised for improved straight line stability. In a first for its segment, the C-Class can be ordered with optional air suspension or AirMatic.

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