There's a small but dedicated market for go-anywhere campervans – vehicles that can traverse off-road trails with ease, but with a feather mattress and a loo to bring a touch of luxury to the wilderness. Mercedes has launched its latest interpretations of this at the Caravan, Motor, Touristik (CMT) show in Germany.
Based on the X-Class, the camper is a demountable unit – it sits within the truck's load bed and above the cab, but can be removed if necessary. Once in place, the unit – built by specialist Tischer – offers nearly two metres of headroom, room for three to dine, a three-burner gas hob and even a full shower and toilet.
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But if you don't want to sacrifice your pick-up's look in the name of comfort, campervan equipment manufacturer VanEssa has the answer. It's created a pair of pull-out units that slot into the X-Class' load bed.
The first offers a full kitchen, with cooking, washing-up and storage facilities plus a coolbox. The second gives extra storage, and the whole assembly is covered with yacht-deck teak for a sleek and classy appearance. A roof tent is available for weather protection.
Though both units are heavy, neither should compromise the X-Class' off-road credentials – which include four-wheel drive, low-range gearing and an optional differential lock. Just remember to bring plastic crockery if you're intending on doing any serious off-roading.
The two X-Class concepts are on display at the CMT show, alongside the existing Marco Polo campervan. Based on the Vito van, it's a rival for the Volkswagen California, and offers a rising roof, luxurious interior and car-like drive. The manufacturer also supplies thousands of Sprinter chassis' to campervan coachbuilders, with the three-pointed star appearing in just about every luxury motorhome manufacturer's portfolio.