Zetros: Unimog on Steroids?

Daimler AG presented its new off-road truck, the Mercedes-Benz Zetros, at this year’s International Defence Exhibition Eurosatory 2008 in Paris. Zetros will be offered in a three-axle cab-behind-engine truck version (Zetros 2733 A 6×6) and a two-axle version (Zetros 1833 A 4×4). The three-axle model offers payloads from 7 tons to 10 ton, while the two-axle model has payloads of 4 tonnes to 6 ton.

    The extreme off-road capability of the Zetros all-wheel-drive truck is unique in this segment, including especially its tactical and strategic mobility (air and rail transportability). The novel approach of a cab-behind-engine truck with its low design height and its centre of gravity behind the front axle provides an ideal platform for armoured versions capable of withstanding mines and ballistic attack.

    The new vehicle concept is primarily based on standard production line, all-wheel-drive components from the Axor/Actros series that have proven themselves on assignments worldwide and have been modified for off-road use, combined with an innovative cab module. This draws on the “Global Cockpit” and steering system of the MB Axor.

    Armoured versions of the new Mercedes-Benz Zetros all-wheel-drive truck family ready to meet every contingency. The balanced axle load distribution of a cab-behind-engine truck guarantees safe handling regardless of load condition. The load distribution across the axles opens up opportunities for cab versions that can be upgraded to provide state-of-the-art ballistic and mine protection, enhancing crew safety, without losing the outstanding off-road driving characteristics.

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