The Zetros in the Public Service Sector
The Zetros combines off-road capabilities, a high payload capacity and robust technology to produce a cutting-edge truck concept. In winter service in particular, its CBE technology and long wheelbase ensures smooth and safe driving.
With its low seating position behind the front axle, the Zetros offers a clear overview of the entire working area. This makes it possible to use wide snow ploughs offering clearance widths of up to 6 metres.
The Zetros in the Energy Sector
The Zetros combines uncompromising off-road performance with high payloads. Thanks to robust technology and exceptional reliability, it is ideally suited to even the most extreme applications. The perfect commercial vehicle for off-road operation, the Zetros is equal to the biggest challenges in the energy sector - from surface mining to exploration work and building/repairing power networks.
The Zetros in the Fire and Rescue Sector
From forest fires to flooding, storm damage and earthquakes, the Zetros is the right choice when the forces of nature transform whole regions into disaster zones. Task forces, fire-fighting systems and emergency equipment need to reach the disaster area as quickly as possible.
The Zetros is more than capable of coping with extended distances, poor road conditions and heavy off-road conditions. Thanks to permanent AWD, differential locks, single tyres and the optional tyre pressure control system, the Zetros channels a safe route for disaster relief workers and medical teams. The generously proportioned cab comfortably accommodates up to three people and offers plenty of stowage space for clothing and equipment.
The Zetros in Agriculture
The Zetros is ideally equipped to meet the challenges of agricultural harvesting and increasingly lengthy transport routes. Thanks to its excellent off-road capabilities and on-road compatibility comparable with truck performance, the Zetros completes agricultural transport tasks quickly, reliably and, above all, highly economically.
The innovative technology concept of the Zetros delivers superior performance both on the road and off it. Reliable and comfortable power delivery on all surfaces is provided by permanent AWD, a dual-stage transfer case, fully automatic torque converter transmission, traction tyres and an optional tyre pressure control system. The vehicle also ensures optimum ground protection.
Experience the impressive variants and versatility of the Zetros. Our brochures provide key information on the Zetros as a general-purpose vehicle, as well as descriptions of the Zetros on the construction site and operating in the fire-fighting and emergency sectors. Click on a links below to view/download a brochure.
- Off-road truck used in fire, safety and disaster control
- Off-road truck for the construction industry
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The Zetros meets the highest ergonomic standards and delivers outstanding ease of use. The position of the driver's cab minimises the impact of bumps/jolts and the self-movement of the cab. Such outstanding driving comfort makes life a lot easier for the driver and co-driver. The generously proportioned Zetros cockpit offers plenty of legroom and an optimum layout of control elements and displays. And the inclusion of the trusted Atego/Axor cockpit ensures safe and simple operation.
Spacious steel-construction cab with three-point rubber mount.
Ergonomically configured controls as used in the Mercedes-Benz high-volume production range (Atego/Axor).
Steering wheel adjustable in angle and height.
Omission of engine tunnel ensures full through-cab access and plenty of legroom.
Three full-size individual seats with integrated 3-point seat belts (centre seat optional).
Generous stowage space, including numerous shelves.
Outstanding off-road capabilities reduce the driver's workload.
Safe, driver-friendly operation.
Reduced training outlay due to controls matching Atego/Axor.
Simple interior design, easy to clean.
Engine bonnet easy to open without tilting cab, enabling occupants/equipment to remain in the cab.
Fold-down exit step, including non-slip surfaces and grab handles, e.g. for easy windscreen cleaning.
Excellent all-round vision thanks to electrically adjustable exterior mirrors (heated on co-driver side).
Heated wide-angle mirror (driver side) and kerb mirror (co-driver side) to increase driving safety and protect other road users.
Rear window and heated windscreen available as options.
High-performance heating/ventilation system with optional air conditioner.
Auxiliary water heater available as an option.
Optional additional heat insulation on cab rear wall.
Pre-installation for additional 24 V devices in the cab.
Individual installation of additional electrical devices.
15-pin trailer power socket for trailers/semi-trailers with 24 V on-board power supply (and many more highlights).
Optimum framework conditions for off-road assignments. Based on the straight frame of the Actros construction vehicle, a robust and durable ladder-type frame with open C-section longitudinal members and bolted C-section transversal members was designed. Interior reinforcements ensure maximum load-bearing capability. The frame is torsionally flexible with 2 x 500 mm axle articulation (diagonal). The frame head was also designed to enable attachment of equipment, and for towing or lifting the vehicle. And the frame concept enables a high degree of flexibility for mounting body assemblies.
The Zetros is equipped as standard with 14.00 R20 tyres. Single tyres secure additional traction and boost ground clearance. Other options are available (including the 395/85 R20). Twin tyres (315/80 R22.5) are available for 4x4 models and 385/65 R22.5 tyres are available for special-purpose applications on the front axle.
The Zetros boasts special spring damper tuning to deliver superior handling every time. The robust chassis is specially configured for off-road applications. Long suspension travel, shock absorbers and stabilisers ensure high driving comfort and optimum off-road capabilities. Parabolic springs are responsible for axle suspension. Different variants are available to suit different axle loads.
Standard specification: ZF 8098 hydraulic single-circuit power steering system with a high operating pressure of up to 150 bar. The hydraulic system is ventilated automatically and the steering column is adjustable. This enables comfortable, fatigue-proof Zetros operation.
The high position of the air intake and ventilation systems above the cab and its headlamps with fording capability equips the Zetros to tackle fording depths of up to 800 mm (standard-specification vehicle). A fording depth of 1190 mm is possible with the relevant conversion (special equipment).
The tyre pressure control system is available ex factory. It allows you to adapt the tyre pressure to ground conditions at the push of a button. A larger tyre contact surface and lower ground pressure boost traction and reduce sinking on loose surfaces (e.g. sand).
The Zetros is equipped as standard with high-performance, low-maintenance drum brakes. The switchable ABS anti-lock braking system helps to reduce stopping distances – including in off-road applications and on loose surfaces.
At the heart of the Zetros drive system is a straight-six engine with charge-air cooling (OM 926 LA). Featuring BlueTEC technology, it is environmentally compatible and compliant with the Euro 5* emissions standard. This compact, lightweight turbo-diesel engine with a displacement of 7.2 litres delivers 240 kW and achieves a maximum torque rating of 1300 Nm at engine speeds from 1200 to 1600 rpm.
The hydraulic Mercedes-Benz G 131 transmission system ensures precisely metered power transmission. With 8 forward gears and a low-geared crawler gear, it delivers optimum performance on even the most challenging terrain.
The dual-stage transfer case with a 1:1.69 off-road ratio further increases tractive power in extreme conditions – by around 70%.
The optional six-stage Allison automatic transmission with torque converter boosts operating safety by delivering smooth gear changes without interrupting tractive power. This means that the driver's hands stay safely on the steering wheel. The system also prevents incorrect gear selection and dispenses with clutch operation on soft ground.
Featuring permanent all-wheel drive, the Zetros is ideally suited to applications on heavy terrain. Its outstanding on-road capabilities include high handling/directional stability as well as maximum traction. The off-road ratio is manually selectable when the vehicle is stationary.
The switchable mechanical differential locks at the front/rear axles and in the transfer case are all part of the powertrain. The standard-specification inter-axle and inter-wheel differential locks prevent individual wheels from spinning when driving off-road – providing tractive force on even the most difficult terrain.
The planetary axles with high load capacity have a maximum axle load of 7.5 t (optionally also 9 t) on the front axle and 9 t on the rear axle and can tackle every challenge.