Mercedes-Benz reinvents Zetros truck
With the defence vehicle market set to grow substantially over the next decade Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks unveiled its new version of the Zetros truck after production of previous variants ceased in the 1990s.
The new truck, dubbed the Next Generation Zetros (NGZ), was unveiled to the public at the company’s Defence Vehicle Experience (DVE) 2019, held in Baden-Baden, Germany.
The ‘reinvented’ truck will serve both commercial and military customers with the first production variant of the vehicle on display at DVE. According to the company, the NGZ has been designed specifically for operations in markets with a high proportion of off-road use.
Some of the new features of the 40t NGZ include a lower cab body (height estimated at 3.2m), easy engine access and a more powerful engine capable of delivering up to 375kW (510 hp) as well as 2400Nm of torque.
However, a company spokesperson said that in its current engine configuration the truck would not be air transportable via a C-130 because of its weight.
Regarding market opportunities, company literature states that the NGZ remains available in Euro III and Euro V emission standard variants for markets with poor fuel quality. The NGZ therefore finds its principle markets in regions like the Middle East, Africa or Latin America.
Series production of the vehicle is now running for the 6x6 Euro III variant and the spokesperson said that production of the 4x4 variant is scheduled to begin in December.
Looking to 2020 the company plans for new types of the vehicle, including a 4x2 and 6x3 version.
During the DVE event the company also showcased its new 9.5t chassis which is equipped with an OM 924 engine with a displacement of 4.8l and an output of 160kW (218hp).
The chassis was designed with the commercial market in mind and it is already with some Mercedes-Benz bodybuilder partners to be outfitted for specific commercial operations. However, it is understood that it could be utilised for special military applications also.
The company now offers chassis for 9.5t to 20t on the basis of the Unimog and truck chassis up to 40t.
The 20t special chassis is a development of the 14.5t class, the increased weight has been achieved by adding a third axel.
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