Created by Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks (MBS), the Unimog Concept is based on the U 5000 model and was developed as a joint cooperation between the MBS development team, the Daimler commercial vehicle designers in Sindelfingen and a model designing partner.
The formal unveiling and presentation took place during the “60 Years Mercedes-Benz Unimog” ceremony on 3 June in the CustomerCentre at the Mercedes-Benz Plant in Wörth.
In addition, to celebrate this anniversary, LEGO® has presented a special Unimog model for its “Technic” line, with working winch and a pneumatically-operated crane with gripping arm.
From the official Press Release:
Mercedes-Benz Unimog Concept – The Design
The distinctive, dynamic and extremely expressive “face” previews the future form language of Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle design.
The Unimog design concept is based on the Unimog U 5000 chassis with its trademark coil springs, which are painted red in the concept vehicle, whereas Bertrand Janssen and his team have let the hood with its typical Mercedes-Benz line and the mudguards in a fresh green.
This unusual color scheme was inspired by an unusual amphibian, the poison dart frog: “Just like the Unimog it is also extremely mobile both in water and on land. And furthermore in this point it is once more the link between past and future as green was the color of the very first Unimog and numerous follow-up generations of the vehicle.”
The headlights are like stage lights, which focus the beam of light. The clearly visible, sweeping lines of the frame have been finished with high-grade trims cut from aluminum blocks.
The four same-size wheels make a strong optical impression with their five star alu-rim design.
“We have taken the Unimog-DNA with its unique concept features to 100 percent into consideration when creating this design concept,” says Bertrand Janssen from the Daimler department for commercial vehicle design.
Yaris Pürsün, Director of the Mercedes-Benz Plant at Wörth and Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks, has commented: “At Mercedes Benz Special Trucks we decided to construct a design concept because we are of the opinion that such a vehicle will act as a bridge between the progressive strength of self-renewal that has distinguished the Unimog program for 60 years and the future design of the coming generations of products.”
Bertrand Janssen emphasizes, “On no account did we work in an atmosphere where our ideas were divorced from reality.
“Here we have a vehicle which is puristic, but still clearly true to concept – with the claim, that some of its details will turn up in coming product ranges in future.
“We continued to take up the most important Unimog features which have characterized the vehicle for the last 60 years and which will also characterize it in future – features such as portal axles, coil springs or the frame concept.”