On a circuit full of offroad extremes, the Zetros masters every obstacle.
It's a rough terrain giant; an offroad original, an obstacle hero. Its mission is to reach its destination. The Zetros not only takes its crew from A to B, but it fights its way for them too, right through to Z. Klaus Sengfelder and his product management team always focus on this high standard. This was also the case when the new generation of the traditional long-nose truck was developed. At the Mercedes-Benz demonstration grounds in Ötigheim, which has some of the toughest offroad challenges for vehicle testing, the team put the Zetros through its paces once again to see what it could do.
Equipped for rough terrain.
The Zetros is the product of more than 120 years of experience and expertise at Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks. In Ötigheim, a two-axle demo vehicle with a 12.8 l six-cylinder OM 460 LA inline engine with 330 kW (449 hp) and 2200 Nm torque, representing the new model generation, was put through its paces.
First it went on the sections where normally heavyweights like the Actros and Arocs show their prowess as construction vehicles. These were just warm-up exercises for the Zetros, which manages approach/departure angles of up to 35° and coped with all the difficulties of the circuit with apparent ease, thanks to its manual 16-speed transmission and dual-stage transfer case as well as its permanent all-wheel drive with differential locks in the axles and distributor. Another important factor is its large-volume single tyres with offroad dimensions of 14.00 R20.