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Mercedes-Benz Unimog

Light utility truck


The Unimog 4x4 light utility trucks is available in many versions

Unimog U4000
Entered service 2002
Configuration 4x4
Cab seating 1 + 1 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) 4.3 t
Maximum load 7.5 t
Length 5.41 / 6.46 m
Width 2.49 m
Height 2.92 m
Engine Mercedes-Benz 4.25-liter diesel
Engine power 177 hp
Maximum road speed 90 km/h
Range ~ 900 km
Gradient 70%
Side slope 46%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 0.6 m
Fording 0.8 m


   The first Mercedes-Benz Unimog (Universal Motor Gerat) was designed in 1946. Prototypes were revealed in 1948. Ever since then the Unimog range has been expanded to encompass a family of 4x4 utility trucks with off-road payloads of between 1 250 and 7 500 kg. It is available both for military and civilian applications. Unimogs have been exported to all over the world and they are license-produced in Australia. They are used by at least 30 countries.

   Over the years many models have been introduced and body styles have altered considerably but the basic design has remained constant. All versions are tough and efficient vehicles with excellent cross country performance capabilities. There are varying wheelbases, engine capacities and outputs, load area dimensions and many other variables to ensure that there is a Unimog to meet any particular military logistics requirement. These trucks are used as troop carriers, ambulances, equipment carriers, command vehicles and for many other specialized roles. Unimogs are also used as light artillery tractors.

   These military trucks are entirely conventional in design. All Unimogs have diesel power plants. A number of engines are available. These trucks are capable of operating off-road, in deep water, mud or snow. A central tyre inflation system is proposed as an option.

   Numerous versions of this prolific utility truck exist. The MB Unimog is available in various wheelbase lengths and payload capacities. There are also 6x6 versions.

   It is worth noting, that a number of armored vehicles are based around the automotive components of this utility truck. These include Aravis, Dingo I, Dingo II and Mamba mine protected vehicles, Condor and AV-VBL armored personnel carriers.

   Currently many older ex-military Unimogs are available for sale to enthusiasts of these multi-purpose trucks.


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