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    Unimog and G-Class: Summit of the off-road giants.

    Mercedes-Benz off-road icons.

    G 500:
    Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 12,1–11,5 l/100 km;
    CO₂-Emissionen kombiniert: 276–263 g/km.¹

Top form in extreme terrain.

Vehicles that rise to top form in extreme terrain have captivated with amazing technological feats for decades and have a dedicated worldwide fan base in their corner. Mercedes-Benz has no less than two of them. What the G-Class is in the passenger car sector, the Unimog is among commercial vehicles. And while the G-Class is celebrating its 40-year anniversary this year, the Unimog can look back on a tradition that spans more than 70 years. Enough reasons to bring both of them together for a summit.

The Mercedes-Benz Unimog U 5023 in arctic white and the Mercedes-Benz G-Class (W 463) in hyacinth red metallic.

Mercedes-AMG G 63: Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 13,3–13,1 l/100 km; CO₂-Emissionen kombiniert: 304–299 g/km.¹

Splendid figure in Hollywood.

There are vehicles that whet the appetite for adventure and arouse the childlike urge to play in every adult: the G-Class and the Unimog are among them. As unique characters, they both have been taking their very own path for many decades. And this path often starts where others already have reached the end of theirs – thanks to their off-road capabilities. Both of them have already repeatedly demonstrated their reliability and ability to get anywhere at the Dakar Rally and other events. In addition, the Unimog and the G-Class share maximum robustness and durability as well as the tremendous model variety, with which they fulfil virtually any customer request. No wonder that they also cut a splendid figure in Hollywood: in the blockbusters “Jurassic World” of 2015 and “Transformers: The Last Knight” from the year 2017, the two icons even shared the screen. The current G-Class celebrated its world premiere in Detroit in January 2018 with Arnold Schwarzenegger on stage. In addition to the G-Class, the superstar once also had a Unimog sitting in his garage.

The Mercedes-Benz Unimog UHE 5023 in golden yellow and the Mercedes-Benz G-Class (W 463) in black standing on logs.

G-Class: a class of its own.

The G-Class was a revolutionary concept from the start: the combination of superior off-road capabilities, perfect on-road suitability and safety was unprecedented in this form. The “longest-serving” Mercedes-Benz passenger-car model series has been in production in the Austrian city of Graz for four decades, a process that involves a lot of manual work and passion. The high quality standard pays off: eighty percent of all G-Class vehicles ever produced are currently still travelling the roads and terrains of the world.

“The G-Class has always stayed true to itself over the decades: from the edgy profile to the hallmark noise when the door is clanged shut,” says Peter Schoren, Head of G-Class Product Management and Sales. “At the same time, it has constantly evolved technologically. The current model is the best G-Class of all time in all aspects – regardless of whether we are talking about the comfort, the off-road capabilities or the agility on the road.”

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class (W 463) in jupiter red non-metallic in extreme terrain.

Unstoppable and versatile.

Thanks to its standard ladder-type frame, the 100-percent locking differentials and the LOW RANGE off-road reduction gear, the G-Class gets virtually anywhere. On a suitable surface, its slope climbing ability is up to 100 percent. The G-Class retains its handling stability at bank angles of 35 degrees and with a fording depth of 70 centimetres even smaller streams can be crossed without difficulties.

Accordingly, the G-Class is predestined for a wide range of uses. For example, it demonstrates its strengths in many special-purpose versions at police forces, fire brigades and emergency services. The off-road icon also enjoys world fame as the “Popemobile”. Painted a mother-of-pearl hue and fitted with a special-purpose body made of glass, it accompanied Pope John Paul II as an official vehicle in the 1980s.

Unstoppable and versatile.

Thanks to its standard ladder-type frame, the 100-percent locking differentials and the LOW RANGE off-road reduction gear, the G-Class gets virtually anywhere. On a suitable surface, its slope climbing ability is up to 100 percent. The G-Class retains its handling stability at bank angles of 35 degrees and with a fording depth of 70 centimetres even smaller streams can be crossed without difficulties.

Accordingly, the G-Class is predestined for a wide range of uses. For example, it demonstrates its strengths in many special-purpose versions at police forces, fire brigades and emergency services. The off-road icon also enjoys world fame as the “Popemobile”. Painted a mother-of-pearl hue and fitted with a special-purpose body made of glass, it accompanied Pope John Paul II as an official vehicle in the 1980s.

Unstoppable and versatile.

Thanks to its standard ladder-type frame, the 100-percent locking differentials and the LOW RANGE off-road reduction gear, the G-Class gets virtually anywhere. On a suitable surface, its slope climbing ability is up to 100 percent. The G-Class retains its handling stability at bank angles of 35 degrees and with a fording depth of 70 centimetres even smaller streams can be crossed without difficulties.

Accordingly, the G-Class is predestined for a wide range of uses. For example, it demonstrates its strengths in many special-purpose versions at police forces, fire brigades and emergency services. The off-road icon also enjoys world fame as the “Popemobile”. Painted a mother-of-pearl hue and fitted with a special-purpose body made of glass, it accompanied Pope John Paul II as an official vehicle in the 1980s.

Off-roader with the very highest standards.

For 20 years, the G-Class has also been available as an AMG model with an extra helping of performance. More than one in three G-Class vehicles sold is a Mercedes-AMG G 63, making it the most popular variant within the entire G-Class family.

The fact that an off-roader can also meet the very highest standards was proven in 2017 by the Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet limited to 99 vehicles – with V12 engine, portal axles, electric fabric top and exclusive appointments in the rear compartment.

The Mercedes-AMG G 63 (W 463) in designo mysticwhite bright on a country road.

G manufaktur: exclusive G-Class.

Today, the individualisation range of the G manufaktur offers the possibility to configure an even more exclusive G-Class, with the customer turning a G into his or her G. As a result, more than one million possible combinations can be realised in production from September 2019. This not only applies to G-Class vehicles to be newly ordered, but also for already existing orders, even until a few weeks before production. Theoretically, vehicles could be produced in Graz for several decades without any two of them being identical.

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class (W 463) in black driving in the woods.

Unimog: an off-road institution.

While the G-Class also cuts a striking figure as a lifestyle vehicle, the Unimog is a real workhorse. It does duty as a forest fire-fighting vehicle in France, climbs Mount Etna in Sicily as a tourist shuttle and supports the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service as a sea rescue vehicle. In concert with more than 650 Unimog service outlets in over 130 countries, its off-road capabilities and reliability make it a loyal companion around the world. Readers of “Off Road” magazine voted it off-roader of the year in the category “Special-Purpose Vehicles” for what was already the 15th time in a row.

The Mercedes-Benz Unimog UHE 5023 in golden yellow driving in a stream.

Specialists for exceptional jobs.

Dr Ralf Forcher, Head of Marketing, Sales and Service Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks: “In a certain sense, our Unimog vehicles are a class by themselves, specialists for the exceptional jobs, with a diverse range of qualities for any conceivable mission. The superior handling of our legendary short-nose Unimogs only comes fully to the fore on the most demanding sections of an off-road route. Our all-round talent also delivers benchmarks in terms of efficiency, service life expectancy and maintenance costs.”

Specialists for exceptional jobs.

Dr Ralf Forcher, Head of Marketing, Sales and Service Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks: “In a certain sense, our Unimog vehicles are a class by themselves, specialists for the exceptional jobs, with a diverse range of qualities for any conceivable mission. The superior handling of our legendary short-nose Unimogs only comes fully to the fore on the most demanding sections of an off-road route. Our all-round talent also delivers benchmarks in terms of efficiency, service life expectancy and maintenance costs.”

Specialists for exceptional jobs.

Dr Ralf Forcher, Head of Marketing, Sales and Service Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks: “In a certain sense, our Unimog vehicles are a class by themselves, specialists for the exceptional jobs, with a diverse range of qualities for any conceivable mission.

The superior handling of our legendary short-nose Unimogs only comes fully to the fore on the most demanding sections of an off-road route. Our all-round talent also delivers benchmarks in terms of efficiency, service life expectancy and maintenance costs.”

The home of the Unimog: Gaggenau in Baden.

The demand for the universal genius soon outstripped the production capacities in Göppingen. Starting in June 1951, the Daimler-Benz truck plant in Gaggenau, Baden, Germany, became the new home of the Unimog. A fitting place: the first off-roader made in Gaggenau dated way back to 1907.

The Unimog models became a sales hit during the years of the economic miracle. In its 24 years of production, 45,336 units of the U 416 were sold – the Unimog model series with the second-highest sales after the Unimog S. It was used for an accordingly diverse range of applications: as an aid convoy vehicle, on the rails in road-rail specification or even as a patient transport ambulance. In addition, there were variants as a tractor unit or conversions to three-axle vehicles and tracked vehicles.

The Mercedes-Benz Unimog UHE 5023 in golden yellow on a forest road.

Nothing outperforms them in terrain: U 4023 and U 5023.

In addition to the Unimog implement carrier, which is a familiar sight as an orange municipal vehicle, there are two variants of the Unimog with extreme off-road capabilities: the U 4023 with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10.3 tonnes and the U 5023 with a gross vehicle weight rating of 14.3 tonnes. In each case, the last two digits stand for the output of 170 kW (231 PS), which is produced by a 5.1-litre four-cylinder engine. Low in comparison to the G-Class at first glance. However, for commercial vehicles it is torque that is crucial. And that is where the Unimog delivers an impressive 900 Nm, which are on tap constantly across the entire main operating range of 1,200 to 1,600 rpm.

The Mercedes-Benz Unimog U 5023 in arctic white on a forest road.

Around the world in the Unimog.

These exceptional abilities also make the Unimog interesting as an expedition vehicle. One example is the U 4023 refined by Hellgeth engineering Spezialfahrzeugbau. Its gross vehicle weight rating is just 7.49 tonnes.

This is made possible thanks to systematic lightweight construction in building the box body and the cabinetry and by using lightweight aluminium for mounted parts and rims. As a result, the kerb weight including driver and fuel is just 6,925 kilograms, making a dream of many globetrotters come true: they can drive a modern Unimog with camper body and extreme off-road capabilities holding the old “Class 3” driving licence.

The Mercedes-Benz Unimog UHE 5023 in golden yellow and the Mercedes-Benz G-Class (W 463) in black on a forest road.
Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert CO₂-Emissionen kombiniert Stromverbrauch im kombinierten Testzyklus

Product may vary after press date on 26.07.2019.

1 Die angegebenen Werte wurden nach dem vorgeschriebenen Messverfahren ermittelt. Es handelt sich um die „NEFZ-CO₂-Werte“ i. S. v. Art. 2 Nr. 1 Durchführungsverordnung (EU) 2017/1153. Die Kraftstoffverbrauchswerte wurden auf Basis dieser Werte errechnet. Der Stromverbrauch wurde auf der Grundlage der VO 692/2008/EG ermittelt. Weitere Informationen zum offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und den offiziellen spezifischen CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen können dem „Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO₂-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch aller neuen Personenkraftwagenmodelle“ entnommen werden, der an allen Verkaufsstellen und bei der Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH unter www.dat.de unentgeltlich erhältlich ist.

4 Angaben zu Kraftstoffverbrauch, Stromverbrauch und CO₂-Emissionen sind vorläufig und wurden vom Technischen Dienst für das Zertifizierungsverfahren nach Maßgabe des WLTP-Prüfverfahrens ermittelt und in NEFZ-Werte korreliert. Eine EG-Typgenehmigung und Konformitätsbescheinigung mit amtlichen Werten liegen noch nicht vor. Abweichungen zwischen den Angaben und den amtlichen Werten sind möglich.

6 Stromverbrauch und Reichweite wurden auf der Grundlage der VO 692/2008/EG ermittelt. Stromverbrauch und Reichweite sind abhängig von der Fahrzeugkonfiguration. Weitere Informationen zum offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und den offiziellen spezifischen CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen können dem „Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO₂-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch aller neuen Personenkraftwagenmodelle“ entnommen werden, der an allen Verkaufsstellen und bei der Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH unter www.dat.de unentgeltlich erhältlich ist.

7 Angaben zu Stromverbrauch und Reichweite sind vorläufig und wurden vom Technischen Dienst für das Zertifizierungsverfahren nach Maßgabe der UN/ECE-Regelung Nr. 101 ermittelt. Die EG-Typgenehmigung und eine Konformitätsbescheinigung mit amtlichen Werten liegen noch nicht vor. Abweichungen zwischen den Angaben und den amtlichen Werten sind möglich.