X-Class Meets RV as Mercedes Shows off Camper Concepts

VanEssa and Tischer have partnered with Mercedes to unveil mobile camping concepts for the upcoming pickup truck

Erste Reisemobilkonzepte auf Mercedes-Benz X-Klasse Basis
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Mercedes is jumping knee deep in the backwoods with its new X-Class pickup truck line. Previously, the German automaker announced partnerships with extreme sports leagues to promote the truck. Now, the crew is going to unveil some camper concepts at the upcoming Caravan, Motor, Touristik (CMT) 2018 show.

Bodybuilder Tischer plans to show off a demountable cabin which offers a comfortable alcove for sleeping, 6 ½ feet of headroom, a kitchen with a 3-burner gas stove and three comfortable seats. The seats can also be converted into a second bed. The camper also includes a fold-away washbasin, a swiveling toilet, and has enough space to take a shower.

VanEssa mobile camping is showing off a heavy-duty pullout module weighing 550 pounds which comes with a fully equipped kitchen. A second pullout module offers up even more space for supplies and other items. VanEssa protects the compartments with a cover made of teak like you’d see on a yacht. Pneumatic struts let you prop up the covers at a 45-degree angle.

Also on display alongside the X-Class will be the complete Marco Polo travel van family. Three versions of the compact travel van will be on display including the Marco Polo Edition in mountain crystal white metallic, the Marco Polo Horizon Edition in brilliant silver metallic, and the Marco Polo Activity Edition in flint grey metallic. This is the first year the Marco Polo will be available in a right-hand drive model.

Speaking about the upcoming event Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, said, "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. 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.”

I must admit, when thinking about Mercedes, I don’t exactly picture RV World. With a broad lineup of new vans and trucks now available perhaps Mercedes can make a big splash in this segment.