The new Chausson COMBO X550 - a perfect fusion?

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Presented during a press conference last week, the Chausson X550 follows a completely new path. It also becomes a symbol of the newly emerging segment. The combination of a semi-integrated frame and a sheet metal frame is intended to provide the greatest possible comfort and space typical of traditional campers with the agility and mobility of small delivery vehicles . From the outside, the vehicle is 599 cm long, 275 cm high and only 210 cm wide. In terms of the sense of space inside, it is not inferior to traditional campers - but more on that in a moment.

Chausson X550 - technology of the future

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The external design is modern and attractive - the lines are aggressive, the rear with raised lights looks muscular despite its compact dimensions. Interestingly, the bodywork/roof of the cab is made of the innovative PDCD polymer . This material, known from the machinery industry, is used in trucks and agricultural machinery . It is intended to provide excellent parameters in terms of stiffness and durability of the structure. Moreover, in combination with the laminate from which the rest of the "shell" is made, it visually helps to eliminate joints between body and body elements. Modern colors and muscular wheel arches certainly add a real, truly off-road look, even though the honest and well-known veteran Fiat Ducato was used as a base.

Chausson X550 - feel at home



The segment of sheet metal and compact semi-integrated campers has accustomed us to certain standard solutions in terms of interior layout . Especially the placement of the beds in most models is typical - transversely or longitudinally at the very back of the vehicle. There is usually luggage space under the "sleeping area". Chausson instead placed a full-size bathroom with a shower at the back. On the wall behind the shower there are storage compartments for toiletries. We gain access to the toilet itself after folding the washbasin. Next to the bathroom there is a spacious wardrobe. Opposite it, next to the kitchen, there is a luggage space accessible from the inside and through the service hatch from the outside of the vehicle. This is the perfect storage space for camping equipment . The kitchen has several spacious drawers (including a special, deep drawer for pots) and a working space with the possibility of extending the countertop with a shelf. The icing on the cake is a large, 134-liter refrigerator with the AES automatic power source control system.

Sleeping and driving for 4 people


The layout of the living room is extremely interesting, with comfortable sofas for up to 6 people placed opposite each other and a foldable and lowering table measuring 110x66 cm. The side seats contain 2 additional, swivel driving seats. Of course, at night we adapt the entire group of seats and the table to a bed measuring 140 x 190 cm. Above you will find a drop-down bed equipped with a premium mattress , an aluminum frame and a mechanism based on steel cables (also 140 x 190 cm). The use of this solution helped to achieve an extremely high ground clearance - even taller people can move comfortably inside the vehicle.

Chausson - rich equipment and "safe" GVM


The basic configuration of the vehicle has a gross vehicle weight of 3.5 and a curb weight of just over 2,700 kg, which means that the loading reserves are quite decent. You can therefore safely equip your vehicle with useful additional equipment. Clean and gray water tanks each hold 100 liters. The car has room for a battery in the body, but its selection and installation are the responsibility of the customer and the seller, respectively. Heating based on diesel fuel (electronically controlled, operating while driving) and a gas boiler with a 10-liter buffer are solutions proven in many Chausson models. The base power unit of the X550 is a 140 HP engine working with a manual gearbox. The AUTOMATIC package, which includes a more powerful 160 HP variant and an excellent automatic transmission and start-stop system, will require an additional fee and will increase the vehicle's weight by 39 kg. The premiere series of vehicles in this series will be marked Exclusive Line . You will find everything here, from traction and cruise control systems, through a panoramic sunroof , mosquito net and window blinds throughout the camper, to a TV mount. In addition, the cars will come standard with the Connect package (navigation, multifunction steering wheel and reversing camera).

A successful and promising camper concept


Chausson X550 is a compact, agile and fully functional camper that will surely be loved by many enthusiasts of the mobile lifestyle at first sight. It will be an ideal solution for traveling couples and families with children of all ages. According to the manufacturer's declaration, the first units are to be delivered to customers at the end of this year. At the time of the press presentation, only the price for Western European markets was known. Taking into account the level of technological advancement and the extensive standard equipment of the camper, the offer seems tempting at first glance. The official dealer of the Chausson brand in Poland is TRANSA-M from Pszczyna, and more information about the model and probably soon also prices can be found at

Note from the editors

Several brands have already tried to implement the segment, which is supposed to be a successful combination of sheet metal cars and semi-integrated campers - including KNAUS, which introduced vehicles with a door opening at the back of the vehicle a few years ago. However, the intentions of manufacturers trying to take over this market have always been different - the idea was to create cars for everyday driving in which the cargo space could be used as efficiently as possible. These cars were supposed to be campers "by the way". When presenting the Chausson X550 and its twin variant under the Challenger banner, the Trigano concern focused on 100% functionality of the camper in the most compact package possible. It is not intended to be a car for everyday driving, but an ultra-mobile partner for active travelers. We keep our fingers crossed for the development of this segment and we can't wait to test this interesting car.

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Maciej Kinal
Maciej Kinal

I feel best in the form of trade fairs and meetings with enthusiasts. Technical freak. In my life I have dismantled many motorhomes for the first time. Fan of large vehicles, mountain biking and traveling without weight and financial restrictions. At CampRest, I am responsible for all publications on automotive topics.

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