Fiat decided to take advantage of the fact that Ducato is the most popular base for campers and prepared its own vision of a tourist car called 4x4 Expedition. The effect is very interesting.
The manufacturer approached the matter professionally and invited several companies to cooperate in the construction of his studio camper. Tecnoform took care of the recreational equipment, Dangel - the four-wheel drive, and Olmedo is the company that took care of the appropriate external appearance of the Ducato 4x4 Expedition version.
The common goal was to create a vehicle that would meet the needs of active, dynamic people - those who sometimes like to leave the highway and go wild in more difficult to access terrain. Such customers need a car that is agile, but at the same time powerful and spacious .
Fiat does not hide that it also had another goal. The idea was to draw the attention of the media and drivers themselves to the category of camper vans, which currently constitute 25% of the caravanning market in Europe . Everything indicates that this category of vehicles will become more and more popular, so it is worth polling the market and collecting the reactions of potential customers.
Menacing on the outside – elegant on the inside
The exterior of the Ducato Expedition is distinguished by two colors in shades of gray, as well as a raised and widened body. Attention is drawn to the metal engine cover and the winch at the front , as well as the roof with additional off-road lighting, a spare wheel, a shovel and space for additional equipment. If necessary, you can climb onto the roof.
Before we get inside the camper, we may get the impression that we are dealing with a pure off-road vehicle. But as soon as we step through its doors, we find ourselves in an elegant living room decorated in line with current trends.
The interior is dominated by simple lines and white. Furniture tops are aesthetic covers under which storage compartments and some devices are hidden. Therefore, when entering the camper, we will not notice the sink, tap or heating plate, which have been hidden.
Two rooms and a shower
It is worth noting that although we are dealing with a campervan, i.e. a vehicle of quite compact dimensions, there is room for a shower cabin , and the roller blind that constitutes the door of the bathroom part can divide the interior into a living and relaxation area. .
There was also a large bed , which, when unfolded, takes up the entire width of the vehicle. We can safely assume that it can comfortably accommodate three people.
The armchairs also look very comfortable. The front ones can be turned and placed rear-facing so that you can eat and talk together with the passengers on the other side of the table.
Everything for show
Tecnoform incorporated lighting elements into the furniture, provided a modern audio system with an extensive sound system and installed two retractable TVs . The camper has room for many switches and power sockets. The equipment of this model includes, among others: tablet holder, USB socket and Uconnect TM NAV multimedia system with touch screen, radio and navigation .
Fiat Ducato 4x4 Expedition is equipped with a 2.3-liter engine with a power of 150 HP . The camper uses a permanent four-wheel drive with a viscous coupling. The car's off-road capabilities are also influenced by widened tires and a raised suspension.
Unfortunately, the Ducato 4x4 Expedition is only a demonstration vehicle and will not go into production. It's a pity, because the model seems very successful. The only hope left is that this car will become an inspiration for other camper manufacturers.
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