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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.

Furthermore, the cab-behind-engine design benefits from a variety of additional advantages which are to off-road use. For example, the wheelbase resulting from design also means overall the vehicle benefits more favourable leverage This is noticeable not only in of less sliding over the axle (especially in the case of the model), but also when up extremely steep hills in the front axle of a cab-behind-engine is not so quick to lift off (especially driving off).

And above all driving down steep through bushy, difficult-to-navigate or on slippery ground, the cab-behind-engine end provides a sense of safety. It to keep the driver in his position from trouble, and also a particularly ample crumple

Another strong argument in of the bonnet relates to access to the and the engine compartment under the which means that the of the driver’s cab does not need to be In the case of applications in areas extremely adverse weather among others, such as Siberian frost for example: the or at least some of its members can in the spacious cab, which can be by means of auxiliary heaters if while work which may be on the engine or accessories is carried even in locations far from Despite its light weight, the of the Mercedes-Benz Zetros can be fully on and therefore provides secure and access for those tasks typically required when off-road, such as cleaning the

Maintenance and repair work easy

Ease of service is unbeatable. In the of the Mercedes-Benz Zetros, fewer are required to gain access to the and accessories. The bonnet can be tilted with considerable ease, and a spring in the centre of the connection the bonnet whilst open.

If the bonnet can be fully removed by undoing a few screws as well as a Cab access is also made thanks to a pull-out step on side, enabling access to be to stepping surfaces built the bumper. Furthermore, an additional inside the engine compartment a firm footing when out maintenance or repair work.

The itself is made of glass reinforced plastic, fabricated the so-called long fibre process. A particular feature of process is that tailor-made thicknesses can be weight-optimised for specific better than when the regular technique, such as for mats or preforms. Just as the steel bumper, the bonnet is up of four parts.


The design of the entire front, in the elegant yet robust radiator is based on the design used on commercial vehicles. Echoes of the of the GL and G models, which has always for legendary off-road capability, underline the off-road credentials of the Zetros from a visual

Form follows function

when it comes to the windscreen, consistently follows function. The angle and moderate overall guarantee that the driver’s cab not overheat excessively in hot countries.

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 getting in and out in conditions with side clearance is extremely in the case of the cab-behind-engine Zetros. The steps are located behind the axle, in a position which is as far as possible from the door assembly.

This means a relatively narrow door angle is sufficient to provide room for getting into and out of the Zetros. Its narrow body goes one step further in access in conditions which would pose a significant

Convenient loading on trains or

Thanks to its low overall height, the Zetros is generally highly to applications involving low headroom, as silo loading bays for The profile of the driver’s cab is also in such a way that the vehicle can be for transportation via rail (on a rail wagon) and also via air freight. makes the Mercedes-Benz Zetros a interesting option for international relief applications.

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.

access, spacious cab

For driver and the low cab not only provides for safe, access when getting in and but also boasts a generous of interior space. The low engine does not impede through-cab and behind the seats there is than ample space to a variety of different requirements. used appropriately, the space floor to ceiling behind the represents a storage volume of 1400 litres.

The crew is in three full-size seats are fitted with integrated belts and head restraints. As an extra, the Mercedes-Benz Zetros is available with air-sprung Both types of seats can be combined, and come in either a or artificial leather finish. The with its operating instruments has inherited from the Axor series and adapted to meet the compact installation conditions in the The materials used in the interior are to clean, practical and typically for off-road conditions.


The instruments and switches are presented to the in a well-organised, practical and user-friendly The instrument panel comprises a and rev counter, as well as a fuel/air gauge and a central display. To the of the steering wheel, and therefore to is the mirror adjustment, the controls for the air system and also rotary for the differential locks and for engaging the 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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