The L1500A was powered by a 60 hp, 2.6 liter V-6 Daimler-Benz M159 petrol engine, giving it a top speed of 84 km/h on roads and 60 km/h cross-country. The L1500A was essentially the chassis of a 1.5 ton truck fitted with a body designed to carry personnel. The L1500A was unarmored and unarmed. It's total length was 4.93 meters, width 2.05 meters, height 2.22 meters, and the total weight was 2,390 kilograms. The L1500A could carry seventy liters of fuel, and had a maximum range of 370 kilometers on roads, and 230 kilometers cross-country. The L1500A required of two, and could carry up to seven passengers.
The L1500A was developed in 1941 by Mercedes-Benz as a light military troop transport, mainly for use on the Eastern Front. It soon found it's way to most theaters of the war, but did not as wide usage as the Steyr 1500A light troop carrier. In all some 4,900 L1500As were in service by the time production was ordered to a halt in 1943.