British OEM Swift Debuts New Van Conversion

January 6, 2012 by · Comments Off on British OEM Swift Debuts New Van Conversion 

English builder Swift Group Ltd. is hoping to tempt RVing families with the launch of their latest panel van conversion, the Autocruise Quartet.

Caravan Times reported that the market-leading Autocruise range of vans already includes five different layouts, and the Quartet is its first van conversion to offer four berths, including two bunk beds.

This is all cleverly packed into the Peugeot Boxer/Fiat Ducato bodyshell, meaning that just like every other Autocruise van conversion it is just 20 feet long.

The layout is made possible by a clever convertible double bed arrangement in the front end, while the van also includes rear seatbelts, so you can safely take the kids along with you.

Swift insists that this van is also practical for day-to-day use, whether you want to pop to the shops or explore the local area during a touring holiday.

The front driver and passenger seats also rotate 180 degrees, and this makes for a comfortable living room area to enjoy a meal or just relax in the evenings.

Other practical considerations include the rear loading doors, which allow easy access via the washroom, meaning bikes can be stored store bikes inside the van.

As well as all the functional features, the Quartet also boasts plenty of style; from the sequin lights that line the main entrance to the well-appointed kitchenette area.

Driving the van is a 2.2-liter Peugeot Diesel engine, which offers a six-speed gearbox. Swift claims this provides “the ideal combination of economy and performance”.

Alternatively, there is an automatic version, based on the Fiat Ducato and powered by a 2.3-liter engine. Both options are Euro 5 engines, which offer a 7% reduction in carbon emissions, when compared with the previous version.

Nick Page, commercial director at Swift, explained that “the Quartet is the result of a constant demand for a four-berth van conversion that can compete with lower priced coach-built models.”

Indeed, with the price set at around $63,500, the Quartet will be just as affordable as the popular Autocruise Accent and Alto layouts.

Caravan enthusiasts looking to scope out this brand new four-berth van can see the Autocruise Quartet on display at the Manchester Caravan & Motorhome Show, which runs at Event City Jan. 19-22.


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