The Mercedes Unimog U 4000 4x4 is an all-terrain truck with a number of military and industrial uses, including carrying personnel and cargo or towing artillery, and it is useful as an engineering support vehicle. Unimog trucks are standard equipment for military and governments worldwide.
The Unimog has a maximum hauling payload of 3 tons, the cab carries up to seven passengers and the rear department may hold up to 16 troops. Unimog's portal axle, all-wheel-drive and available ground clearance give it cross-country mobility and allow it to traverse sand mounds, deep snow, muddy roads and loose stone roads.
The truck also has anti-rollover properties that protect the driver, passengers and cargo. Additional safety features include an all-steel semi-forward cab, a welded cab structure with under-body mine blast protection and other optional armor equipment.
As of 2015, the Unimog comes with a 177-horsepower Mercedes four-cylinder engine, MB full-synchromesh reversing transmission and a BlueTec diesel exhaust treatment system that reduces emissions and increases fuel efficiency.
Unimog stands for Universal Motor Gerat, and it has been in production in Germany since the 1940s. Originally produced by Erhard and Sons of Schwabisch Gmund, Daimler-Benz began manufacturing the Unimog in 1951. The vehicle has a number of variants, including the MB Trac farm tractor variant, the light-class model and the luxury civilian model.