Mercedes-Benz Enters the Glamping Business

By now you know the story of the Mercedes X-Class. It’s the brand’s first attempt at building a competitor in the LCV/bakkie segment.

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If you thought it was meant to be nothing more than a Sandton pavement crawler, you’re completely wrong.

It’s actually based on the Nissan Navara, which is a fairly handy off-roader, which means the X-Class should be able to 4×4 with the best of them when it arrives in SA later this year.

Now it seems as if Mercedes also built the X-Class with camping and overlanding in mind.

It recently teamed up with Tischer and VanEssa mobilcamping to create a campervan.

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Mercedes X Class camper

Despite its compact size, the demountable cabin from bodybuilder Tischer offers a comfortable sleeping system in an alcove 150 cm wide, headroom of almost two metres, a kitchen with a 3-burner gas stove and three cosy seats. The latter can be converted into a second bed in just a few simple steps. With its large, fold-away wash basin and swivelling toilet unit, the integrated bathroom manages to offer enough space to take a shower. The sandwich design of the cabin sections ensures reliable stability and excellent insulation properties.

A different concept on the basis of the X-Class has been developed by VanEssa mobilcamping: a heavy-duty pull-out module weighing around 250 kg with a fully equipped kitchen – including such features as a coolbox, cooking and washing-up facilities as well as space for crockery and supplies. A second pull-out module offers even more space for further items. VanEssa protects the load compartment with a cover made out of yacht-deck-look teak wood, a water-resistant material particularly characterised by its strength and durability. Special pneumatic struts allow the cover to be propped up at an angle of 45 degrees. For trips over several days, VanEssa advises the fitting of a roof tent with rear-facing entrance.

 

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