Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon LAPV 6.X Concept

Words John Clark | August 07, 2012
The Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon Light Armoured Patrol Vehicle 6.X CONCEPT is setting the standard in armoured patrol vehicles
Words John Clark August 07, 2012

Monday, we brought you information on the new Nagel Dakar, from Latvian manufacturer Dartz.  Dartz is renowned for their Prombron, in part because one of the model’s interiors was upholstered entirely of whale penis.  Thankfully, whale shaft never made an appearance in the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon Light Armored Patrol Vehicle 6.x CONCEPT, but it does note some kick-ass armor.

We received a lot of  mail yesterday asking about the Nagel Dakar that we wanted to remind you of what Mercedes has to offer in the armored department.  The Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon Light Armoured Patrol Vehicle 6.X CONCEPT, Mercedes-Benz set the standard in armoured patrol vehicles.

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.

This includes:

  • 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.

With the LAPV 6.X Concept, Mercedes-Benz has created the ultimate “go anywhere” vehicle.