While we’re in the Unimog mood, here is a fun look back to the recent past for the 60 Years design concept. This sought to strip the Unimog to its core, function-required elements. Enhancing the insane wheel travel and semi-flexible chassis with showy red springs visible easily through the giant front fender/hood combination.
Deconstruction and modernization are the clearest themes visible in this design. The bodywork is pared to the bare minimum, while the roll cage for the passenger cell becomes the only structural element of the open-air cabin. Similarly flowing new frame rails swoop upward around the rear suspension and make great ground clearance simply epic. The open cab is actually a nice throwbacl to the original 1951 model in its roofless layout.
The original did not have this wild, expressive panel shaping to its face, however! We can see the advanced design concepts looking beautiful on the eventual production models influenced by this concept: the latest U4000 and U5000 models with their full-width, single bar grille.
The color itself also references that original tall-tractor design that has proved so resilient after all these years.
Concept Flashback – 2011 Unimog 50th Anniversary Design Concept
“60 Years Mercedes-Benz Unimog”: A spectacular design concept for the jubilee
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