32 total speeds, 19 inches of ground clearance, one awesome off-roader.
Lately, gossip in the off-road world has focused on machines like the Ford F-150 Raptor and Bronco, not to mention the likes of the Hellcat-powered Ram TRX. As such, perhaps now is a good time to remind the world that the Mercedes-Benz Unimog conquered mountains long before these vehicles were even on drawing boards in Detroit. The beefy off-road rig dates back to the 1940s, and it’s definitely gotten better with age.
For this adventure, we join the crew from TFLoffroad at Moab, where there’s an abundance of Jeep Wranglers and side-by-side runabouts on the trails. Literally standing above them all is this mid-1990s Unimog built by Couch Off-Road Engineering in Denver, Colorado. Since Mercedes doesn’t offer the Unimog in the States, the 25-year rule for importing applies and as such, this is among the newest Mercs available for modification. According to company owner Jay Couch, it’s preferable in many ways as this era Unimog is still very much an analog machine. It’s easier to build, easier to maintain, and as the video shows, it’s still very capable. For the full story, check out this article from Motor 1.