The legendary Mercedes-Benz Unimog all-terrain trucks are refreshed for 2013 with a comprehensive makeover inside the cabin, underneath that boxed ladder chassis and outside with a menacing new grille and LED lighting.
The top of the new Unimog lineup in terms of off-road ability is the new U5023 model, which replaces the previous U5000 nameplates. Sharing the nose layout with its shorter sibling, the U4023, these models are the freshest outside with a dramatic new single-wing grille to house the dinner-plate-sized Mercedes star emblem.
This is a unique touch for the U5023, as this design is usually reserved for the sportiest models in the lineup, like the SLS AMG. Regardless, the new design is functional more than stylish, with a new cab and engine mounting position that is farther back in the chassis and other significant changes to go along with this new grille design.
The chassis itself of these off-road models is quite something. With a flexible central spine, the Unimog U5023 is able to articulate its wheels farther than any other production vehicle, and now can even flex the chassis to ensure at least one wheel has traction on the ground.
The other big news for the Unimog line is a vastly improved cabin with better visibility, easier off-road traction settings, a vastly improved driving position with a tilt/telescoping wheel, and a new Euro6-complaint BlueEfficiency turbo diesel engine.
Despite a (limited) top speed of 56 mph in Europe, the Unimog U5023 has some of the most clever and innovative off-road tech designed right into its chassis.
How far ahead of a Jeep is the Unimog? Well it has 664 pound-feet of torque and an eight-speed automatic for forward movement. A six-speed automatic handles reverse, where the Unimog can also hit its 56 mph top speed going backwards. Not something many would attempt in a Jeep.
While the Mercedes G63 AMG 6x6 is a big draw for flashy people, the Unimog will always be the real king of mud, sand, rocks and water.
Click past the jump for the full review of the new 2014 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U5023.
If the sight of this vehicle makes your nose scrunch up and a "what the f*@%!" bubble appear above your head then you are not alone. This vehicle is one of the strangest we have ever seen with its unique Mercedes-inspired design language and its crazy structure. What in the world could anyone possibly use this vehicle for? Creator and Iranian engineer Siyamak Rouhi Dehkordi will tell you this vehicle was designed for “adventurous customers and people who need to move in extremely difficult conditions and terrains.”
This extreme off-road vehicle was designed after the jointed structure of insects and operates on a flexible frame and six wheels. This unique body, along with the diesel engine mated to a flexible hydraulic power transmission system, allows it to crawl over almost any obstacle with ease. The vehicle’s dimensions consist of a total length of 4.8 meters, two equal wheelbases of 0.95 meters, and a ground clearance of 46 cm.
The only place the engineer seemed to fail at, other than with the utter hideousness of the vehicle, is the space. The Hexawheel concept is only a three-seater and offers up a very small trailer space in back. Other than that, it is an awkwardly cool vehicle.