Planning on invading something? Ze Germans have a bit of experience to impart, and it comes in its latest form as the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon LAPV 6.X Concept. Unveiled at the Eurosatory defense exposition in France – so named, in case you were wondering, for Camp Satory where the French defense ministry used to hold the event – the up-armored G-Class is like the existing LAPV 5.4, but more... well, capable.
The go-anywhere, conquer-anything truck can carry 2,866 pounds of cargo over just about any terrain you can throw at it, reinforced by armor plating – including underbody protection from land mines (or perhaps more poignantly, roadside IEDs). It's got an on-the-fly adjustable suspension with nearly 18 inches of ground clearance, full combat communications and jamming system, hydraulic ventilated disc brakes and an unspecified common-rail diesel engine. And best of all, it's got orange wheels, but we'd imagine those would be a delete option for more covert operations. Check it out in the gallery below and the press release after the jump.
[Source: Mercedes-Benz via World Car Fans]
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.