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EARTHCRUISER G-PRO ESCAPE

A smaller, more nimble Earthcruiser model with the expected features.

 

In the second half of 2018, Earthcruiser added the Mercedes-Benz G-Pro to its motorhome vehicle range. The ‘Benz cab/chassis allows more compact dimensions than Earthcruiser’s larger models.

The Earthcruiser Mercedes-Benz G-Pro Escapehas a 4.5t Gross Vehicle Mass rating and therefore can be driven by the holder of any standard passenger car driver’s licence.

The Earthcruiser Mercedes-Benz G-Pro Escape allows owners to explore without the constraints of normal all-terrain vehicles. Standard equipment includes an automatic transmission, front and rear differential locks and all-coil-spring suspension.

Should the unforeseen occur and traction is lost, Earthcruiser has fitted 13.500lb power winches front and rear.

A three-litre V6 Mercedes-Benz diesel V6 engine squeezed under the G-Pro's stubby bonnet delivers maximum power of 135kW, with peak torque rated at 400Nm.

Earthcruiser has fitted uprated shock absorbers, an onboard air compressor and 250-litre tanks for both fuel and water.

The latest lithium battery technology powers the electrical system and is recharged through solar panels when stationary, or via the 120-amp vehicle alternator when on the move.

A rear mounted, independent air conditioning unit keeps the luxury accommodation cool, while the G-Pro cabin has its own integral air conditioning unit on the move.

Home comforts include an upright 122-litre capacity fridge/freezer; internal shower and toilet, plus a supplementary external shower module. A standard double bed is complemented by a sky bed option that sleeps three.

Catering is made easy and safe, by the fitment of a diesel-fuelled cooker.

In addition to the standard inclusion of telematics with satellite tracking and monitoring, vision from five externally mounted cameras provides 45 days recording in real time, with global systems control via an IPAD touch screen.

Communications options include an 80-channel UHF radio, with a DVR/GPS/4G solid state cellular hot spot via a 6-dB(A) gain antenna.

Charting your progress is also made easy, with the onboard navigation system pre-loaded with Hema mapping, Bluetooth and iPhone connectivity.

World travellers should note that the compact external overall dimensions enable you to slot your adventure traveller into a standard ISO container for shipment.

We inspected the Escape model several times during its development at Earthcruiser's Wollongong (NSW) factory and were most impressed with the behind-the-facade work that was necessary to convert what is a military vehicle into a recreational one.

For example, the cab rear wall was replaced by one that allowed more seat travel, in addition to a walk-through doorway.

The Earthcruiser range is available in a variety of formats and sizes to suit specific requirements, together with a choice of host cab/chassis from manufacturers that include Mercedes-Benz, Iveco and Fuso.


 


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