The Mercedes-Benz Unimog U 4000 will be on display at the 2010 Abenteuer & Allrad, Europe's largest off-road vehicle show, from June 3. The U 4000 is based on the UniversalMotorGerät (Universal Motorized Unit) or Unimog, but offers off-road adventurers a number of extras.

Power comes from a 4.2 four-cylinder diesel engine producing 160 kW (215 bhp / 218 PS). It is fed by a 290 litre (76.6 US gallons) diesel tank and carries two 20 litre (5 gallon) reserve canisters. Part of the vehicle's excellent off-road capability is ensured by a suspension with torque tube, transverse links and coil springs, portal axles for great ground clearance, as well as short frame overhangs.

Of course it pulls on all four wheels and features two differential locks for both axles. There is a hydraulic seven-tonne front winch that can be used to pull itself out of sticky situations. More likely it can use the winch to pull another vehicle in trouble.

The driver is able to reduce tyre pressure directly from his or her front seat in order to travel over sandy surfaces. The rear Bocklet accommodation module measures 4.35 metres long, 2.2m wide and has a standing height of 1.95m. The walls are coated with 2mm-thick fabric-reinforced outer layer for extra strength.

Travellers will not be inconvenienced regardless of how far they are from the comforts of their homes. There is a 110 litre compressor fridge, a wash basin, a shower, a cassette toilet and hot water from a 10 litre gas/ electric boiler. The kitchen has a two-burner gas stove, a sink and a drainer.

A 300 litre on-board tank carries fresh water while a 200 litre waste tank takes the leftovers. Other comforts include a TFT television plus satellite dish, a DVD player, a hot air heater and 220 Ah of battery capacity with a back-up of 260-W solar panels.

The Unimog 4000 Camper has a price tag of €248,300 (US$304,300).

Gallery: Roughing it in Mercedes Unimog U 4000 Camper for €250k

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