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 available with a choice of 326 hp (240 kW) or 428 hp (315 kW) engines[3] 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.[4] The Zetros Secutor is a tractor unit for heavy agricultural applications.[5]

Technical characteristics[edit]

Originally introduced with a 7.2L diesel, a 12L variant was added in 2016.[6]

  • Engine: 7,201 cc inline 6 cylinder diesel
  • Power: 326 hp (240 kW)
  • Torque: 1300Nm (958 ft lbs)
  • Top speed: 55mph
  • Engine: 11,967 cc inline 6 cylinder diesel
  • Power: 428 hp (315 kW)
  • Torque: 2100Nm (1,549 ft lbs)


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.[7] Locally further developed into self-propelled artillery systems using the D-30 and T-12 gun systems.[8]

The Bulgarian army ordered the Zetros in 2009 to transport personnel and supplies.[9] As of 2012, it operates 335 trucks with 30 more on order.[10]

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.[11]

The first non military application of the Zetros 2733 was announced in June 2018 by the Costa Rican Firefighters as the organization acquired one. It will serve as transport for rescue crew and equipment in emergency situations as floods, hurricanes, storms, wild fires, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.

The German army has ordered a total of 110 armoured Zetros vehicles, 72 of which are supposed to serve in logistics units.[12]

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.[13]

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.[14]

A 6x6 Zetros, called Terrorbyte is featured in the online mode of Grand Theft Auto V.

Also appear in Ghost Recon Wildlands, simply called "Military Truck" and is used by UNIDAD.


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  2. ^ "Transportable". The New Zetros. Mercedes Benz. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Powertrain". Retrieved 2017-11-19.
  4. ^ "Mercedes' Middle Eastern Monster Mover--the Zetros 6x6 gets down to work on Biglorryblog!". Biglorryblog. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Zetros Ackerschlepper mit Allison Vollautomatikgetriebe" [Zetros farm tractor with Allison automatic gear]. Agrartechnik (in German). Deutscher Landwirtschaftsverlag. 10 November 2011. Archived from the original on 2013-12-29. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Powertrain". Retrieved 2017-11-19.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "Армията се сдоби с Zetros". Bulgarian Transport Press (in Bulgarian) (4). 29 January 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ Wilke, Ralf (25 November 2013). "Geschützter Transportraum" [Protected transportation space] (in German). Streitkräftebasis. Archived from the original on 26 January 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
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  14. ^ "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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