Off-road Award 2015.
“Cross-Country Vehicle of the Year”.
For the eleventh time in a row the Mercedes-Benz Unimog has been named best Cross-Country Vehicle of the Year in the “special-purpose vehicles” category by readers of the specialist journal “Off Road”. This year, the “Cross-Country Vehicle of the Year” poll had a total of twelve categories. 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. Whether it’s in the bone-dry Gobi desert, in the tundra and taiga of Siberia or on the hot volcano crater road on Vesuvius, there is barely a challenge in the world which the Mercedes-Benz Unimog would not be capable of taking on. The genes for such extreme applications are in its blood.
Built for extreme applications.
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 metres 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 magazine “Off Road” has been holding the readers’ poll for Cross-Country Vehicle of the Year since 1982.