Blair Jacobs, reporting for Swift TV, takes you through all the changes to the Swift Sundance and Bessacarr E400 ranges for the 2013 season.
Made by Swift Group, the UK’s leading leisure vehicle manufacturer, their combination of practical design, high specification and affordable price puts them in a class of their own.
Today I’m looking at the 2013 versions and with me is Lee Roberts, Swift Group’s Motorhome Sales Manager. Lee, you’ll be selling these new ranges; what impresses you most about them?
Lee - “I really like the new exterior and interior styling touches, but the most important thing for customers will be the big list of specification improvements. At the top of that list is the Truma Combi-Boiler for central heating and hot water – it’s powerful, more efficient and frees up valuable internal space. Also, a “Tracker Retrieve” Thatcham approved tracking system is now fitted as standard. Many insurers insist on trackers, so it could save customers several hundred pounds for fitting one later.”
Ok, thanks Lee. Let’s have a quick look at all the other upgrades…..
The two ranges are both built on Fiat Ducato chassis-cabs. They were specially developed for motorhomes and they are powered by the latest 130bhp, 6-speed Euro5 engines with low emissions and better economy.
Both brands already have modern styling with fully moulded overcabs, and they have aerodynamic low-line models and high-line models with extra beds. But the two brands sport very different graphics schemes, both new for 2013. Longer models are now built on Al-Ko chassis for better handling and ideal wheel positioning.
There’s some great styling inside. The Swifts have a new locker door design with a contrasting cream inlay and chrome fittings and E400s have canvas beige inlay in the same make up but with ‘Italian Ash’ woodgrain. And both brands get the latest new fabric schemes. Tables can be stored away to free up space and while travelling, and some models have table extensions for more dining space.
The kitchen has a stylish-looking 96 or 110 litre Dometic Series-8 fridge, which has an interior light, the flexibility of a removable freezer compartment and automatically selects the best energy source. Cooks will also like the new acrylic splash-back for easy cleaning. The whole lighting system is ultra-low energy but now has over-locker ambient lighting, in addition to LED spots and down-lighters. There are even new low-level night lights that also operate when travelling.
Washrooms are now larger and, in most models, a stylish new fold-away basin creates even more space for showering.
On top of the great standard specification, there’s an optional “Driver’s Pack” full of key upgrades including cab air-conditioning and a twin-view reversing camera. Check it out - it’s so well priced that Swift expect all customers to specify it. Fiat’s new automatic gearbox on the 130bhp engine is also going to be popular.
The two brands share the same layouts but the 2013 range has more models and all are slightly longer to create more spacious washrooms and a minimum bed length of 1900mm or 6’3”
Lee, tell us about the new model line-up.
Lee – “We’ve kept five best-selling layouts and added three new ones each with four travelling seats which are ideal for families. So now we offer three 2-seater models, four 4-seaters and our ever popular six-seater six berth. We’ve put a lot of emphasis on travelling seats, including shaping them for more travelling comfort.”
Thanks Lee. An impressive range with a model for everyone!
If you would like more information on the different Sundance and E400 models including the layouts, features, specs and prices go to www.swiftgroup.co.uk.