Mercedes-Benz's Unimog range developed for the most imposing all-terrain operations will be offered in South Africa from 2009.
The Unimog is synonymous with severe off-roading and Mercedes-Benz insists that its latest range shows off the latest in engineering for "extreme-terrain operation".
The U4000 and U5000 models are ideal for use in fire-fighting in forested areas, disaster aid, the energy and transport sectors. The range is also offered as a crew cab.
Unimog's four-wheel drive concept uses a flexible ladder frame that uses two U-shaped side members with welded tubular cross members for added flexibility. Portal axles, differential locks, geared hubs, control arms, telescopic shock absorbers and stabilisers are standard fair.
Unimog is powered by turbodiesel engines with output ranging from 110 kW to 160 kW. The most powerful unit, the 160-kW 4.8-litre, develops its maximum power at 2 200 r/min and its peak torque of 810 Nm is available at a low 1 200 r/min.
And while the Unimog range may be utilitarian, there is no skimping on safety. All new models are fitted with a dual circuit brake system as standard with disc brakes on all four wheels. ABS can be disengaged in off-road situations.
The Unimog U 4000 and U 5000 is produced at the Mercedes-Benz truck facility in Wörth and will be available locally on a made-to-order basis from the first quarter of 2009.