by Adrian Dorofte and Adrian Andronic
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Mercedes-Benz Zetros as top-class mobile home - Extreme off-roader with luxury apartment

Top class meets top class: the Mercedes-Benz Zetros stands for outstanding traction and ruggedness; the bodies from Hartmann Spezialkarosserien stand for maximum stability and technical brilliance; the interior equipment and appointments from Hünerkopf stand for customised luxury in perfection. Added together, these three components produce a fascinating, top-class mobile home. This super-home on wheels will celebrate its public premiere at the Caravan Show in Düsseldorf, Europe's leading trade fair for recreational vehicles, from 30 August until 7 September.

Zetros: off-road ability of a Unimog with load-carrying capacity of a truck

The Mercedes-Benz Zetros provides the platform for this high-end mobile home. It combines the extreme off-road ability of a Unimog with the load-carrying capacity of a heavy-duty truck. A typical feature is its cab-behind-engine configuration, which makes for easy entry and exit, plus a single-level, spacious cab as well as excellent off-road ride comfort thanks to the seat position between the axles. The superior off-road concept is founded on permanent all-wheel drive, high ground clearance, single tyres, no fewer than three differential locks and a two-stage transfer case. The figures prove just what the Zetros is capable of: with a maximum degree of articulation of 2 x 500 mm, the fording depth is up to 1190 mm, while the climbing ability is 80 percent.

Unlike many mobile homes, a permissible gross vehicle weight of 18 t means that the two-axle Zetros 1833 has no problems with its weight. The vehicle is powered by a six-cylinder in-line engine with 7.2 l of displacement and 240 kW (326 hp) of output plus BlueTec technology in combination with a six-speed automatic transmission. Elegantly painted in persilver metallic, the show vehicle is fitted with impressive 16.00 R 20 off-road tyres.

Body: slide-out with carbon-fibre skin for increased living space

The cab and body of the mobile home are connected by a passage. The cab is by Hartmann Spezialkarosserien from Alsfeld in Middle Hesse. The body has a length of 5.6 m and a width of 2.4 m, and is painted in the vehicle colour. Walls, roof and floor are made of one-piece, galvanised and plastic-coated panels. They offer high stability as well as excellent insulation thanks to a maximum wall thickness of 100 mm.

Another special feature is an electrically powered slide-out to the left in the direction of travel with a carbon-fibre outer skin and pneumatic seals. Heating elements stop ice and snow from collecting on it. The slide-out increases the living area to a length of 2.5 m. At the rear, a sturdy load carrier with hydraulic lift is capable of carrying a motorcycle.

Living area: natural-stone floor, real-wood furnishings, glass shower

The high-specification interior equipment and appointments are from Hünerkopf, a specialist supplier based in Neukirchen near Kassel. The layout is just as carefully thought out as it is comfortable. A spacious L-shaped seating arrangement with kitchenette is complemented in the central section by a bathroom with washroom and toilet plus a separate shower cubicle. A roomy double bed rounds off the accommodation at the rear.

The high-grade furnishings in the mobile home are trimmed with a real-wood veneer in bird's-eye maple. The quintuple-lacquered and polished surface produces a brilliant high-gloss effect. Both the floor and the kitchen worktop are finished in lightweight natural stone. The large sofa in the slide-out is upholstered in breathable genuine leather.

The high-grade entertainment system with automatic satellite dish and internet connection acts as a connection to the outside world. The living and sleeping areas are each equipped with an LED screen. A perfect acoustic experience is ensured by a Bose sound system.

A refreshing shower is a source of special pleasure in this mobile home: the walls of the shower cubicle are provided with a real-glass mosaic pattern with decorative background lighting. Light plays a prominent role on board: this is the first mobile home to feature organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) for illumination. They produce a warm, even and continuously dimmable light. Added to this, they have a very low power consumption.

On-board equipment: huge tanks, two heating units, air conditioner

Tanks holding 300 l of fresh water and 600 l of diesel ensure extended independence from all infrastructure on long journeys. This is also guaranteed by the combination of lithium-ion batteries and a solar energy system. If necessary, there is a power generator on hand to meet all energy needs. The impressive array of on-board equipment additionally includes two independently operated, diesel-powered hot-water heaters and an air conditioner.

Premiere at Caravan Show, continuation at IAA

This superlative mobile home will celebrate its premiere in a first configuration level at the end of August at the Caravan Show in Düsseldorf (Hall 14, Stand B50). It will be on show in its fully completed form from 25 September to 2 October at the IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hanover in Hall 14/15 in the Special Trucks section of the Mercedes-Benz Trucks stand.




Credits: Daimler AG

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