Mercedes Benz Four Wheel Drive Vans
You surely will be interested in a brand-new 4x4
Van, which is probably not listed in the Australian MB brochures. You may have
seen pictures of it, from the IOR Off-Road show in Munich, that took place
last week-end [4/'1997].
It is a little bigger than the syncro and offered with 2800 or
3500kg (total weight). The 4x4 conversion is done by IGLHAUT GmbH, a
certified Mercedes shop at Marktbreit near Würzburg, with a very good
reputation for their 4x4 vehicles, in Europe.
The ancestors of the current Iglhaut Sprinter-Allrad were based on the Mercedes Benz 210D (left). Most of the parts used for the conversion are original Mercedes Benz (light-truck and G-series), some are self designed and manufactured, few originate from external suppliers - like the central-diff / reduction gear, which is of Japanese production and used in several other well-known, superior 4x4 vehicles.
Factory engine is a 5-cyl. 2,9L TDI from the Mercedes E 290 TD with 122HP at 3800rpm and 290Nm at 2000rpm. A 2,3 gasoline with 143hp 240Nm is also available. A version based on the similar Volkswagen LT is being prepared. 4WD is offered in three versions: selectable, permanent, permanent + visco-drive. Front suspension is independent to raise comfort, the rear one is a standard MB Transporter axle. Ground clearance is >26cm (depending on the tires of course), wading possible up to ca. 70cm.
You can choose
between all sorts of tires & rim combinations from
We could imagine this car very nicely as an outback-camper. Maybe one day, some of these interesting and useful vehicles will come to Australia as well.
Herzliche Grüße nach Australien
- Tom Niksch [4/'97]
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