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Mercedes-Benz X-Class camper body revealed

Practical Motoring logo Practical Motoring 13/01/2018 Isaac Bober

a car parked on the side of a mountain © image/jpeg Mercedes-Benz has revealed a slide-on camper body for its X-Class ute at the Caravan, Motor, Touristik (CMT) show in Germany.

Following the recent launch of the X-Class in Europe, Mercedes-Benz has revealed the brands first camper collaborations at the Caravan, Motor, Touristik (CMT) show in Germany.

"It is important to us that our vehicles appeal to camper van bodybuilders as well, of course, to end customers. The X-Class fits seamlessly into our established product range. We are proud to introduce first camper van solution approaches together with Tischer and VanEssa at the CMT, just two months after the vehicle's launch", says Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.

"We are also continuing to develop our own travel vans and recreational vehicles – with positive customer feedback. Our newest arrival in particular, the Marco Polo HORIZON, is proving very popular and has played a decisive role in the growth of the Marco Polo family", continues Volker Mornhinweg.

The two concepts on display are a slide-on camper from Tischer and a slide-on with integrated kitchen system by VanEssa mobilcamping.

The slide-on camper from Tischer offers a sleeping set-up in an alcove 150cm wide with headroom of almost two metres, a kitchen with a 3-burner gas stove and three seats. The latter can be converted into a second bed. With its fold-away wash basin and swivelling toilet unit, the integrated bathroom manages to offer enough space to take a shower.

a car parked in a field: Mercedes-Benz X-Class slide-on camper concept revealed © Provided by Practical Motoring Mercedes-Benz X-Class slide-on camper concept revealed

The VanEssa mobilcamping concept features a tray-mounted, pull-out module weighing around 250kg with a fully equipped kitchen – including such features as a fridge, cooking and washing-up facilities as well as space for crockery and supplies. A second pull-out module offers additional storage. VanEssa protects the load compartment with a cover made from 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.

It’s unlikely these campers will be available in Australia, but it’s likely local makers will or already have slide-ons that’ll fit onto the back of an X-Class.

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