Monday, June 24, 2024

Mercedes-Benz expands defense portfolio with new Zetros 8×8

Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks is set to unveil a major expansion of its defense vehicle lineup at Eurosatory 2024.

The highlight is the new Zetros 8×8 off-road truck, which will be available with four axles and all-wheel drive starting from 2025. This addition completes the Zetros family, now offering configurations from two-axle to four-axle models, with options for protected cabs.

The new Zetros 8×8, designed for military logistics and support tasks, is part of a significant order from the Canadian Ministry of Defence, which includes over 1,500 Zetros vehicles to be delivered in the coming years. Visitors to Eurosatory can view this model along with a Zetros with a protected cab, a Zetros 4×4, an Arocs 6×6, a Unimog troop transporter, and the FGA chassis.

- ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW -

The Zetros 8×8 features a significantly increased payload capacity of up to 25 tons, with an expanded body space due to a longer vehicle frame. This makes it suitable for a wide range of tactical and logistical requirements. The vehicle is powered by the OM 460 in-line six-cylinder diesel engine, delivering up to 375 kW (510 hp) and 2,300 Nm of torque. It includes a 16-speed gearbox or Allison automatic transmission, two-stage transfer case, and selectable differential locks, ensuring high off-road capability.

The Zetros 8×8 will be available in two variants: one with two front and two rear axles, and another with one front and three rear axles. The latter has a steerable rear axle to reduce the turning radius. Both variants will be available as tractor units or carrier vehicles with large body spaces.

If you would like to show your support for what we are doing, here's where to do it.

If you wish to report grammatical or factual errors within our news articles, you can let us know by using the online feedback form.

Executive Editor

About author:

Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov is the editor-in-chief of Defence Blog. He is a journalist, an accredited defense advisor, and a consultant. His background as a defense advisor and consultant adds a unique perspective to his journalistic endeavors, ensuring that his reporting is well-informed and authoritative. read more

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

TRENDING NOW