Mercedes-Benz Zetros

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The Mercedes-Benz Zetros is an off-road truck for extreme operations. It was first presented at the 2008 Eurosatory defence industry trade show in Paris. The Zetros is manufactured at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Wörth, Germany.[1] The truck is designed to be compatible with the Hercules C-130 transport and also fits into a standard German railway carriage.[2]


The Zetros is only available with a 326 metric horsepower (240 kW) engine and all-wheel drive:

  • Zetros 1833 (4x4) - 4,000 to 6,000 kg payload
  • Zetros 2733 (6x6) - 7,000 to 10,000 kg payload

Although normally used as a truck, the Zetros has also been put to work as an off-road tractor unit in the middle east.[3] The Zetros Secutor is a tractor unit for heavy agricultural applications.[4]

Technical characteristics[edit]

  • Engine: 7.2 L diesel 6 cyl.
  • Power: 326 PS (322 hp, 240 kW)
  • Torque: 1300Nm (958 ft lbs)
  • Top speed: 55mph


Map with Zetros operators in blue

Current operators[edit]

Around 2 000 trucks are planned to be produced by the Algeria’s National Company of Industrial Vehicles (SNVI) destined for the Algerian defence ministry.[5] Locally further developed into self-propelled artillery systems using the D-30 and T-12 gun systems.[6]

The Bulgarian army ordered the Zetros in 2009 to transport personnel and supplies.[7] As of 2012, it operates 335 trucks with 30 more on order.[8]

In August 2016 Mercedes Benz has been awarded a contract to provide 330 trucks for the Chilean Army. The contract includes a batch of Zetros 2733 6x6 and Unimog U4000 4x4 vehicles.[9]

The German army has ordered a total of 110 armoured Zetros vehicles, 72 of which are supposed to serve in logistics units.[10]

Mexican Army And Mexican Air Force have planned the purchase of 137 6x6 trucks, in three stages, beginning the first purchase of 46 in 2017

Possible operators[edit]

In 2016, Mercedes-Benz presents and exhibit the Zetros in the Directorate of Arsenals, the plant of the former TAMSE in Boulogne. As reported by the Defensa site, the Argentine Army is a former customer of Mercedes-Benz. The idea is that the Zetros can replace, in a gradual way, the current fleet of Unimog and MB 1114.[11]

Notable appearances in media[edit]

The Zetros is one of 14 Mercedes-Benz vehicle models featured in the 2013 film A Good Day to Die Hard.[12]


  1. ^ "Daimler Trucks at a Glance" (PDF). Daimler. 2012. p. 25. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Transportable". The New Zetros. Mercedes Benz. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Mercedes' Middle Eastern Monster Mover--the Zetros 6x6 gets down to work on Biglorryblog!". Biglorryblog. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Zetros Ackerschlepper mit Allison Vollautomatikgetriebe" [Zetros farm tractor with Allison automatic gear]. Agrartechnik (in German). Deutscher Landwirtschaftsverlag. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Algerian factory unveils new locally assembled truck for Algerian military". Defence Web. 16 March 2015. Archived from the original on 9 October 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2017. 
  6. ^ Binnie, Jeremy (4 July 2017). "Algeria displays locally developed self-propelled artillery". IHS Jane's 360. Archived from the original on 6 July 2017. Retrieved 6 July 2017. 
  7. ^ "Армията се сдоби с Zetros". Bulgarian Transport Press (in Bulgarian) (4). 29 January 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  8. ^ Dikov, Ivan (6 January 2012). "The Bulgaria 2011 Review: Defense". Novinite Sofia News Agency. Sofia. Archived from the original on 11 September 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2017. 
  9. ^ Porfilio, Gabriel (30 August 2017). "Chile to purchase more than 300 Mercedes Benz trucks". IHS Jane's 360. Orlando. Archived from the original on 22 June 2017. Retrieved 22 June 2017. 
  10. ^ Wilke, Ralf (25 November 2013). "Geschützter Transportraum" [Protected transportation space] (in German). Streitkräftebasis. Retrieved 18 December 2013. [dead link]
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  12. ^ "Mercedes-Benz represented with 14 different models in the new film "A Good Day to Die Hard": G-Class, Sprinter, Unimog and Zetros save the World". Daimler. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 

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