Designed for military and civilian purposes, the Unimog is a rare sight in North America but they’re not uncommon in other parts of world. These hardcore vehicles are used for everything from snow removal to transporting troops.
The Unimog we’re talking about today is a bit different as it’s a custom-built recreation vehicle created by EarthCruiser Australia. Based on the Unimog U 430, the EarthCruiser Explorer XPR440 is a camper built for the end of the world.
Starting up front, the XPR440 has a massive steel bumper which houses auxiliary lights, D-rings and a winch capable of pulling up to 19,841 lbs (9,000 kg). Bigger changes occur further back as the model has a unique RV body with multiple compartments including one for an outdoor BBQ. The special touches don’t stop there as the off-roader has solar panels, a bike rack, a rear winch and an optional hydraulic lifting system with four posts.
While the exterior is undeniably rugged, the cabin wouldn’t look out of place in a more conventional RV. It features conveniences such as air conditioning, a microwave, refrigerator-freezers and even a washing machine. The model also has leather upholstery, a full bathroom and a bed.
In the event of the apocalypse, owners needn’t worry too much as the XPR440 can store 860 liters (227 gallons) of water and 800 liters (211 gallons) of fuel. Mercedes says the latter figure gives the model a range of up to 3,500 km (2,174 miles).
Besides the standard navigation system, the XPR440 can be equipped with five cameras that can record up to 45 days of footage and then broadcast it to the world. This, combined with the included chainsaw, could make for some interesting YouTube tutorials during a zombie apocalypse.
Technical specifications are limited, but the XPR440 has portal axles, differential locks and an all-wheel drive system with a low-range. The engine produces up to 300 hp (223 kW / 304 PS) and it can be connected to either a manual or an automated manual transmission.
If that wasn’t impressive enough, travelling between right- and left-hand drive countries is a breeze thanks to the Unimog’s VarioPilot transferable steering system. It allows the steering wheel and pedals to be moved from a right drive configuration to a left drive setup – or vice versa – in less than 30 seconds.