Mercedes-Benz has been approached by two Mongolian businessmen from Ulan-Bator to build customized, luxed-up versions of the three-pointed star’s Zetros mega-truck. The energy supply sector comprises the bulk of the customers of the Zetros 2733 -- a three-axle, six-wheel drive cab chassis. The specialty Zetroses is a diesel-powered 7.2-liter inline-six that delivers 326hp and 959 pound-feet of torque.
Transmission options include an Allison-sourced six-speed automatic and a hydraulically-shifted nine-speed (which uses eight forward gears and a crawl gear). Three mechanically-locking differentials send the power to all six wheels.
These versions contracted by these businessmen were given a full once-over. Behind the cab, there’s RV-like living space that features high-end amenities such as heated marble floors, a full galley kitchen, and dining service for eight people. The cab features a sleeping area, and the living space is split into a living/dining area with the galley, a bathroom, and a bedroom.
Powering the interior electric devices is either a diesel generator or a set of backup batteries, which can be charged by either the generator or a set of solar panels on the roof.
The vehicle has two separate water systems — one for drinking water and one for the toilet and shower. The two custom-ordered Zetros 6x6s will be used to go into the forests and deserts of Mongolia to go fox hunting.
The Zetros comes standard with three mechanical differential locks that the driver can easily select by means of a rotary control. The rotary control illustrates the logical order wherein the locks should be activated when the terrain becomes more challenging: first, inter-axle, next, rear inter-wheel and lastly, front inter-wheel.
When thinking about the positive qualities of this all-wheel-drive, cab-behind-engine truck, it is not surprising that the Zetros series has drawn the interest of the energy supply division, fire/emergency and exploration services. It has excellent all-terrain capabilities combined with equally exceptional off-road riding comfort. These advantages are more than enough to persuade customers searching for a base vehicle, which can take on longer trips to out-of-the-way locations.
For that reason, body expert Hartmann of Alsfeld and equipment expert Huenerkopf of Neukirchen have converted two models of the Mercedes-Benz Zetros into vehicles that can be used for hunting and expedition. In both cases, the Mercedes-Benz Zetros 2733 A with a 6x6 drive (wheelbase of 5350 mm) and the standard cab served as the base vehicle.
The cab comes with a padded sleeping berth for drivers, an air conditioning system, a Bluetooth hands-free system, CD changer, 24V audio system including a CD player and a 7” touch screen where a reversing camera is attached. A carrier system having a maximum load capacity of 100 kg is installed on the roof of the cab.
The carrier is mounted with a twin air horn and four auxiliary spotlights while the radiator grille accommodates four flashlights in blue and red. The carrier for two extra wheels at the rear has a dedicated lifting system, which allows cargo to be hoisted into the cab roof. The reversing camera can activate the extra spotlights at the rear to allow safe maneuvering during nighttime. The diesel tanks carrying 200 and 300 liters provide a sufficient operating range in isolated areas.