The Unimog also holds the world record for the highest altitude reached by a four-wheeler!

Mercedes-Benz has a fairly rich experience in building vehicles that feel at home off road. No, I’m not about talking about the G-Class. The company has many other vehicles that are more suited to such trails, and the Unimog you see here is one of them. It is an all-terrain truck that the company has been building for many decades now. Mat Watson of Carwow and Mat Watson Cars recently took a ride in one of them at the company’s off-roading facility in Germany. Is this one of the best off-road trucks that are in production today?

The Unimog Is Unreal!

Watch The Mercedes Unimog Conquer Everything That Comes In Its Way
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The truck was driven by the German automaker’s professional, seasoned driver. He took the truck through the roughest off-road terrains in the facility, and it just seemed invincible.

This is, in fact, one of the two trucks that conquered the Ojos del Salado volcano in Chile.

The trucks climbed to an altitude of 6,694 meters, thus setting a world record for the highest altitude reached by a four-wheeler. The purpose of this expedition was to install four emergency radios for climbers, but the prowess of the Mercedes Unimog came to light as well.

This Unimog is powered by a 4.8-liter, diesel engine that makes 218 horses and 597 pound-feet of torque.

It rides on big, fat off-road wheels and sits high off the ground. It has 18 gears in total – as said in the video –so the truck isn’t at a loss of power at any point. The company’s site, however, listed the transmission to have eight forward gears, six reverse gears, and eight additional off-road gears. Perhaps, the difference is because the truck in the video was a modified version of the Unimog U5000.

Watch The Mercedes Unimog Conquer Everything That Comes In Its Way
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Engine 4.8-liter, diesel
Horsepower 218 HP
Torque 597 LB-FT

Coming back to the video, it goes unsaid that the truck didn’t face any problem while crossing the hurdles, but it sure makes for a good video. Check it out for yourself and let us know what you know about the Unimog in the comments section below.

Sidd Dhimaan
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Sidd joined the team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read More
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