From 13 to 21 January 2018 Mercedes-Benz Vans exhibits camper van concepts based on its new pickup, the X-Class, for the first time in hall 7 (booth 7C11) at the Caravan, Motor, Touristik (CMT) show: a demountable cabin from bodybuilder Tischer as well as a conversion concept with integrated kitchen system by VanEssa mobilcamping. Furthermore, the brand with the three-pointed star shows the complete Marco Polo family at what is the world’s largest public exhibition for tourism and leisure: the compact Marco Polo travel van as well as the recreational vehicles Marco Polo ACTIVITY and Marco Polo HORIZON, a right-hand drive version of which will be coming on to the market in 2018.
“It is important to us that our vehicles appeal to camper van bodybuilders as well, of course, to end customers. The X-Class fits seamlessly into our established product range. We are proud to introduce first camper van solution approaches together with Tischer and VanEssa at the CMT, just two months after the vehicle’s launch”, says Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.
“We are also continuing to develop our own travel vans and recreational vehicles – with positive customer feedback. Our newest arrival in particular, the Marco Polo HORIZON, is proving very popular and has played a decisive role in the growth of the Marco Polo family. Which is why we have now decided to launch the newcomer in a right-hand drive version, too”, continues Volker Mornhinweg.
Pickup camper vans: the department for adventure in a booming market
Simply to set off and to stop and stay where the fancy takes you: flexibility and independence are the most powerful motives for customers deciding to purchase a camper van. Between January and October 2017 almost 38,000 new vehicles were registered across all classes of camper vans, according to the German Caravanning Industry Association (Caravaning Industrie Verband). That is some 5,000 more than in the same period of the previous year.
Customers these days also tend to use their homes on wheels for trips to remoter regions that lie off the beaten track. From the Scottish Highlands to remote passes through Romania’s Carpathian Mountains to sunrises at the Plage Blanche in Morocco: camping has become an adventure and a chance to enjoy nature to the fullest. Campers need two things for this: a vehicle with off-road capability, which is also comfortable for long journeys cross-country, and a living area with all vital essentials. Pickups with camper van solutions on board meet these requirements, and thus find their fanbase. In many cases the mobile home section can be demounted in a few easy steps, leaving the pickup to function as a straightforward vehicle for everyday use.
Camper van concepts based on the X-Class from Tischer and VanEssa mobilcamping at the CMT
The Mercedes-Benz booth at the CMT 2018 sees the debut of some first camper van concepts based on the X-Class.
Despite its compact size, the demountable cabin from bodybuilder Tischer offers a comfortable sleeping system in an alcove 150 cm wide, headroom of almost two metres, a kitchen with a 3-burner gas stove and three cosy seats. The latter can be converted into a second bed in just a few simple steps. With its large, fold-away wash basin and swivelling toilet unit, the integrated bathroom manages to offer enough space to take a shower. The sandwich design of the cabin sections ensures reliable stability and excellent insulation properties.
A different concept on the basis of the X-Class has been developed by VanEssa mobilcamping: a heavy-duty pull-out module weighing around 250 kg with a fully equipped kitchen – including such features as a coolbox, cooking and washing-up facilities as well as space for crockery and supplies. A second pull-out module offers even more space for further items. VanEssa protects the load compartment with a cover made out of yacht-deck-look teak wood, a water-resistant material particularly characterised by its strength and durability. Special pneumatic struts allow the cover to be propped up at an angle of 45 degrees. For trips over several days, VanEssa advises the fitting of a roof tent with rear-facing entrance.
Get-together at the CMT: the complete Marco Polo family on display
Also on display on the Mercedes booth at the CMT, alongside the X-Class, is the complete Marco Polo family – in each case as an EDITION model with a host of extras as standard, all at an attractive price: a Marco Polo EDITION in mountain crystal white metallic, a Marco Polo HORIZON EDITION in brilliant silver metallic and a Marco Polo ACTIVITY EDITION in flint grey metallic.
New for the compact Marco Polo travel van from April 2018 is a sound system with nine speakers, including a subwoofer and a 5-channel DSP amplifier, for the perfect audio experience. What is particularly interesting for campers: the Jehnert sound system offers a choice of two sound set-ups. With the “Driving” set-up, the music is specifically aimed in the direction of the driver and front passenger; with the “Living” set-up, the sound is additionally extended to the rear of the vehicle. Thanks to a Bluetooth port, the Jehnert sound system can be controlled from a smartphone – without the need for the head unit to be switched on. As a consequence, the new sound system can be operated from any of the seats, from the roof bed or from beneath the awning of the Marco Polo.
In 2018 Mercedes-Benz Vans will also be continuing to expand its international presence in the camper van market with the Marco Polo HORIZON. From the spring of this year onwards, the Marco Polo HORIZON, which celebrated its premiere in 2017, will also be available in a right-hand drive version. It will be launched in the two major right-hand drive markets of Great Britain and Japan. This also means that, for the first time, a Marco Polo model will be available in the Land of Smiles.
Source: Daimler AG