The mighty Unimog has snagged the 2015 Cross-country Vehicle of the Year award. This is the eleventh time Mercedes’ multi-purpose truck finishes first in the “special-purpose vehicles” category by readers of the specialist journal “Off Road”.
The readers’ poll for Cross-country Vehicle of the Year has been held since 1982. This year, more than 36,000 votes were cast, and 123 vehicles were in the running. The Unimog took first place amongst the special-purpose vehicles with a superb 51.4 percent of the readers’ votes.
The genes for such extreme applications are in its blood. Thanks to the new mid-engine location in the all-terrain Euro VI Unimog, the frame drop is now further back; overall this means that a lower vehicle centre of gravity with simultaneously high ground clearance has been achieved, which further optimises handling in off-road applications. Degrees of articulation of up to 30 degrees are possible due to the use of torque tube technology in conjunction with the coil springs. Portal axles and a slope climbing ability of 45 degrees complete the all-terrain Unimog – model designation U 4023/U 5023. In addition to this there is the maximum fording depth of 1.20 m and a side inclination angle of up to 38 degrees. Driving in extreme situations with the all-wheel drive system engaged is supported by the selectable differential locks and the “Tirecontrol Plus” tyre pressure control system. This can simply be set with buttons on the steering wheel for the respective application via the “road”, “sand” and “rough road” programs.
The power comes courtesy of the high-torque BlueTec 6 common-rail OM 934 LA engine, a four-cylinder unit with 5.1 l displacement, 170 kW (230 hp) and 900 Nm torque. Eight forward and six reverse gears are available, and optionally there is also an off-road gear group for all-terrain applications in the speed range between 2.5 and 35 km/h.
Available alongside this all-terrain Unimog is the implement carrier model series with the model designations U 216 to U 530; these are frequently used in municipal applications. They also boast state-of-the-art Euro VI engines with outputs up to 220 kW (299 hp).
When it comes to maintenance, diagnosis or repair, too, everything is taken care of for the Unimog. In over 650 service outlets in more than 130 countries knowledgeable Unimog dealers look after the vehicle, whilst special service offers and financial services round off the overall package.