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Mercedes-Benz Zetros

Mercedes Zetros

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Mercedes is a special off-road truck on standard production line, components from the Axor/Actros It will be offered in a three-axle truck version (Zetros A 6×6) and a two-axle version 1833 A 4×4). The three-axle offers payloads from 7 to 10 tonnes, while the two-axle has payloads of 4 tonnes to 6 tonnes.

The design is inspired by the GL and G models and an elegant yet robust radiator side indicators fitted protective grilles, steel composed of three parts and steps located behind the axle, in a position which is as far as possible from the door assembly.

The truck comes a standardized cab that meets the standards in terms of safety and design. Besides three seats, the cab offers ample space for equipment like communication, SatNavs, or personal

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When it comes to the most off-road applications — for which the Mercedes-Benz Zetros has specifically designed — the design emerges as the superior thanks to the optimum driving it offers, among other What use is a vehicle which is ideal for speed, but in fact the can no longer control it due to the demands of the

In the cab-behind-engine truck, the driver behind the front axle to in a passenger car) rather over it, and also occupies a position. As a result, in the cab-behind-engine he is subjected to significantly lower and horizontal loads, and the speed at which the driver is still to remain in control in his seat considerably between cab-over-engine and trucks. The cab-behind-engine design has a advantage in terms of a controlled, and ergonomic driving style.

In addition, the body of the Mercedes-Benz is mounted on the chassis on three rather than four Thanks to this three-point technique, less distortion is from the chassis to the driver’s cab The mounting point is located to the vehicle’s torsional axis reduces so-called lateral significantly.

Highest level of efficiency and safety thanks to degree of ride comfort

In terms this means a driver at the wheel of a 4 x 4 cab-over-engine can only master the demands of a challenging off-road course half as quick and with effort — and somewhat composure — as a driver at the of a 4 x 4 Zetros. In fact, the resulting for the cab-behind-engine truck is generally relaxed off-road handling, leading in turn to greater reserves and also faster trip times on longer This also means the Mercedes-Benz Zetros is always to reach its destination particularly and safely when this is the issue, in both the literal and sense: in the case of urgent requiring the fire or emergency for example, as well as in difficult locations on construction sites, in the sector and surface mining.

the cab-behind-engine design also from a variety of other advantages which are specific to use. For example, the longer resulting from this also means that the vehicle benefits from favourable leverage ratios. is noticeable not only in terms of sliding over the front (especially in the case of the three-axle but also when driving up steep hills in particular the axle of a cab-behind-engine truck is not so to lift off (especially when off).

And above all when driving steep hills, through difficult-to-navigate terrain, or on slippery the cab-behind-engine front end provides a of safety. It helps to keep the in his position away from and also provides a particularly crumple zone.

Another argument in favour of the bonnet to access to the windscreen and the engine under the bonnet, which that the position of the driver’s cab not need to be changed. In the case of in areas with extremely weather conditions, among such as severe Siberian for example: the crew or at least of its members can remain in the spacious which can be heated by means of heaters if necessary, while which may be necessary on the engine or is carried out, even in far from civilisation. Despite its weight, the bonnet of the Mercedes-Benz can be fully walked on and therefore secure and convenient access for tasks often typically when driving off-road, as cleaning the windscreen.

Maintenance and work made easy

of service is unbeatable. In the case of the Zetros, fewer steps are to gain access to the engine and The bonnet can be tilted forward considerable ease, and a torsion in the centre of the connection supports the whilst open.

If necessary, the bonnet can be fully simply by undoing a few screws as as a connector. Cab access is also easy thanks to a pull-out on each side, enabling to be gained to stepping surfaces into the bumper. Furthermore, an platform inside the engine provides a firm footing carrying out maintenance or repair

The bonnet itself is made of fibre reinforced plastic, using the so-called long injection process. A particular of this process is that section thicknesses can be weight-optimised for loads better than using the regular technique, as for soaking mats or preforms. as with the steel bumper, the is made up of four parts.


The design of the entire in particular the elegant yet robust grille, is based on the design on Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles. of the design of the GL and G models, which has stood for legendary off-road also underline the off-road of the Mercedes-Benz Zetros from a aspect.

Form follows

Even when it comes to the form consistently follows The steep angle and moderate area guarantee that the cab does not overheat excessively in hot

All of the lights of the Zetros down to the indicators are fitted with grilles. The steel bumper is of three parts. The overall contour of the body is stocky and The total height of the driver’s cab is 2833 millimetres at nominal and with standard 14.00 tyres. The maximum external of the vehicle is 2530 millimetres, yet the and driver’s cab have a significantly appearance, measuring in at around millimetres in width. Altogether, the low overall height and the slim of the vehicle are a bonus for its off-road in cramped conditions especially on trails, for example.

Last but not least, getting in and out in with restricted side is extremely easy in the case of the Zetros. The access steps are behind the front axle, in a which is as far away as possible the door hinge assembly.

means that a relatively door opening angle is to provide enough room for into and out of the Mercedes-Benz Zetros. Its body therefore goes one further in enabling access in which otherwise would a significant problem.

Convenient on trains or planes

Thanks to its low height, the Mercedes-Benz Zetros is highly suited to applications low headroom, such as silo bays for example. The profile of the cab is also designed in such a way the vehicle can be loaded for transportation via (on a rail goods wagon) and via air freight. This makes the Zetros a particularly interesting for international disaster relief

In addition, it supports the straightforward of bodies which by their may be required to extend beyond the cab. Such items otherwise either exceed the overall height or only be using a complicated folding Crane bodies are a typical of such applications where a low driver’s cab is called for.

Convenient access, spacious cab

For and crew, the low cab not only provides for convenient access when in and out, but also boasts a amount of interior space. The low tunnel does not impede access, and behind the seats is more than ample to meet a variety of different When used appropriately, the from floor to ceiling the seats represents a storage of around 1400 litres.

The is accommodated in three full-size which are fitted with safety belts and head As an optional extra, the Mercedes-Benz is also available with seats. Both types of can be freely combined, and come in a fabric or artificial leather The cockpit with its operating has been inherited from the model series and adapted to the more compact installation in the Zetros. The materials used in the are easy to clean, practical and robust for off-road conditions.


The instruments and switches are to the driver in a well-organised, practical and manner. The instrument panel a speedometer and rev counter, as well as a pressure gauge and a central To the right of the steering wheel, and to hand, is the mirror adjustment, the for the air conditioning system and also switches for the differential locks and for the off-road gear.

There is also a practical in the case of the switch for the differential the driver engages the locks in order as required, as the terrain increasingly difficult. With the turn to the first setting, the differential lock is engaged; at the setting the rear axle differential lock is also and the third setting finally the front axle interwheel lock to the mix for maximum traction.

operation of the interwheel differential instead of the interaxle differential as the first off-road traction-enhancing — which under circumstances can result in damage cornering on a relatively high-grip — can therefore be totally

Four front DIN slots the roof can be used to accommodate a of equipment, from a tachograph or radio, to an on-board two-way or similar. In the middle of the armrest there is an open tray, a non-slip finish and a raised as well as two integrated cup holders. is also a bottle holder in of the door compartments.


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