Mercedes has just unveiled a military-grade version of its timeless G-Wagon at the Eurosatory defense expo in France. And as with all German vehicles, it seems they must either come with an extra long press release, or an extra long name. Thankfully for us, this one comes with the latter. Although, the name is so lengthy it might as well be a press release all on its own. Ready for it? It’s call the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon Light Armoured Patrol Vehicle 6.X CONCEPT. That’s “concept” in capital letters – in case you’re a little hard of hearing.
Highlights of this unique concept include a powerful diesel engine that can move this heavyweight up to almost 100 mph, while transporting 1.3 tons of cargo. The short wheelbase and cockpit-adjustable shock absorbers on the lifted suspension provide 450mm (17.7-inches) of ground clearance, with an approach angle of 50 degrees and a departure angle of 45 degrees. There’s also an armored plate system where the pieces can be quickly replace when damaged, not to mention a “mine deflector” underbelly.
It might be a far cry from a production military vehicle, but it is cool as hell. Hopefully Mercedes will haul this thin out for SEMA.
GALLERY: G-Wagon Light Armoured Patrol Vehicle 6.X CONCEPT
Official release after the jump:
Mercedes-Benz is setting the new standard in armoured patrol vehicles showing the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon Light Armoured Patrol Vehicle 6.X CONCEPT at the recent EUROSATORY 2010 event.
Improving on its cousin, the LAPV 5.4, the new Mercedes-Benz LAPV 6.X Concept now boasts greater agility, higher protection and a greater payload capacity. Weight has been minimised to increase agility while still not compromising on protection and payload capacity.
Running a high torque common rail diesel engine, the 6.X is capable of 150km/h speeds while being able to transport 1.3 tonnes of cargo with its impressive payload.
The monocoque full steel body provides ballistic protection and sits upon a compact 2850mm wheelbase. This gives an astounding angle of approach / departure of 50?/ 45? for increased mobility and off road performance.
The vehicle’s modular armour plate system allows damaged plates to be removed quickly and be replaced with new or extra plates, and includes a mine deflector plate on the vehicles floor.
The variable lift front and rear coil-over air shock absorbers which are adjustable while driving, help lift the LAPV 6.X to an unprecedented 450mm of ground clearance. Coupled with the performance hydraulic braking system and four ventilated disc brakes no up or down hill slope will pose a problem.
Based on the G-Class’s proven axles, the LAPV 6.X ensures thrilling off-road capabilities and low drive train wear. An individual tyre inflation system is also able to detect ground conditions and adjust accordingly for best traction.
Mercedes-Benz in collaboration with EADS, a leading supplier of military technology brings a host of innovative high performance systems to the LAPV 6.X.
- EADS vehicle data recorder system to automatically document vital mission data such as position, data link and vehicle usage status.
- EADS integrated communication system for UHF or VHF bands including a mobile Tetrapol base station for radio coverage out of a range of other networks
- EADS integrated mobile command, control and information system for seamless relay of commands through all levels.
- EADS jamming system for greater security, flexibility and scalability.