Mercedes-Benz MENA says its new generation of Zetros has been completely re-worked but remains available in Euro III and Euro V variants for markets with poor fuel quality.

The legendary extreme off-roader is a mix of the old and the new with its all-wheel drive 4×4 or 6×6 set-up joined by a new 6×4 configuration which begins production this month. A 4×2 version is also expected to debut in Q1 2021.

Customers in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America get a Euro III and Euro V emission engine that has been boosted to 12.8 litre engine and capable of delivering as much as 350 kW (476 hp) in Euro III and up to 375 kW (510 hp) in Euro V.

All vehicles are equipped with a 16-speed manual gearbox with a striking 2400 Nm of torque at the highest engine output. All vehicles are available in three different wheelbases as well as different weight variants. The cabin interior features numerous detail improvements, such as a re-designed instrument panel and an electronic parking brake. It keeps key characteristics of the predecessor, like the fully-fledged middle seat, as optional equipment.

Mercedes-Benz describes the Zetros as an “expert in transporting goods in tough or inaccessible terrain” – and it certainly looks the part.

“On the outside, the new model generation is distinctive in its striking, restyled radiator grille, which, thanks to optimised airflow guidance, ensures even more effective cooling. The new Zetros keeps its signature characteristics with a low silhouette and the cab behind the engine concept, in addition to an optional fording ability of up to 800 mm. The robust off-road specialist,” said Mercedes-Benz MENA.

“The Mercedes-Benz Zetros is a heavy-duty truck, which has been developed for demanding transport tasks involving high payloads. That is why it is often used for delivering supplies to remote regions, as well as in energy exploration and in forestry operations. The new Zetros can be used all over the world across all extreme climates – from hot desert regions right up to the Arctic. Just as before, the new Zetros remains available in Euro III and Euro V variants for markets with poor fuel.”