Mercedes-Benz Unimog offers versatility and reliability for winter season

Article by Anita Panait, on December 20, 2012

The Unimog, a multi-purpose four-wheel-drive medium truck from Mercedes-Benz, is certainly the vehicle needed by those who have to perform a number of challenging tasks across the United Kingdom. The Unimog can be driven both on- and off-road, on rail as well as on snow. The Unimog is designed and produced to exhibit reliability and versatility more than any other all-wheel drive truck.

It is even capable of reaching a top speed of 56 mph and it uses up to 40-percent less fuel than a tractor. Thanks to its gross vehicle weight of 11.99-tonnes and its 286-hp engine, the Unimog makes the delivery of large bulky items such as a Christmas tree measuring up to 17-meters and  weighing up to 3.5 tons a piece of cake.

The Unimog is also an ideal dual mode vehicle, as it can be transformed from being an all-terrain truck to a powered rail vehicle. Yes, the Unimog features attachable and detachable components and a rail guidance system based on two rail axles that are hydraulically lowered on to the tracks.

At low weight, the Unimog boasts of having a dynamic pulling power, able to tow loads of up to 1,000 tons. Up to 100 dual-mode design Unimogs are delivered to railway firms around the world each year, making the Unimog a typical fixture in the railway industry.

Aside from its torque converter clutch designed for pulling heavy loads, the Unimog U 400 can also feature a crawler gear transmission for very slow operating speeds.

This allows the Unimog to be equipped with either a snow blower or plough for clearing roads, tracks, airports and rails. The Unimog’s flexible ladder frame chassis with tubular cross-members ensures the vehicle’s rigidity on the road while enabling greater flexibility off-road.

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