A new interpretation of the Mercedes-Benz V-Class motorhome, the Urban X debuts as a lighter, more flexible member of VanTourer’s Urban family. With slim, skeletal camping gear, lightweight stuff sacks in place of cabinets, and a series of floor rails, the Urban X’s ultra-versatile build easily carries bikes, boards, skis, camping gear, and more. climbing and more before turning in for a comfortable night’s sleep. . The versatile van is also designed with the next generation of digital nomads in mind, especially the type of nomad who seeks to limit time inside the vehicle and maximize time spent on the trails, inclines, river or the cliffs.
We have to believe that someone at the top of the VanTourer food chain is a dedicated solo cyclist, perhaps a racer who often finds himself traveling alone for errands, or a long-mile hiker who relies on an RV instead of a hotel or condo rental. The main innovation behind VanTourer’s Ducato motorhomes is a tilting rear bed that provides just enough cargo space for a single bike. Likewise, a driving force behind the new Urban X design appears to be loading a single bike inside a small, urban-style pop-up camper.
“X” often stands for “(e)xtreme” or “X-country” all-terrain-focused construction, but in the case of the Urban X, it takes on a more literal and tangible meaning. Instead of the universal solid-sided conversion cabinets in motorhomes of all sizes, including the original VanTourer Urban, the Urban X relies on lighter, more open cabinets with shaped support legs of X.
These front and back X-brackets hold the kitchen counter extra-long while keeping the space below emptier than a traditional cabinet set. This offers a lot more storage flexibility, including the ability to store a bike transversely in the rear cargo area or slip a cabin-sized roller bag under the galley top. X-brackets can also be used to attach climbing rope and carabiners, hang bicycle helmets, carry mugs or camping mugs, or keep sports or camping gear immediately available inside the tailgate.
Unlike some other lightweight mid-size RV sets that feature a single-burner stove or do away with all cooking equipment, the Urban X keeps things spacious and flexible without skimping on cooking equipment. camping. It has the usual double burner stove, sink and fridge, with fresh and rear water canisters housed in the open area under the sink. The water system also supports outdoor showers.
Even at camp, however, the Urban X pack shines more where the gear isn’t than where it does. The open space inside the rear X-leg can be used in multiple ways after clearing away any bike, luggage or gear that might occupy it during the ride. VanTourer offers a large laundry bag that can be hung from the frame and also a tray that can be used to store dishes or other items.
VanTourer’s design eliminates the type of tall wardrobes or stiff cabinets you’d find in other motorhomes in this class, but that doesn’t mean the Urban X lacks organized storage. Instead of rigid structural cabinets, VanTourer relies on lightweight, versatile hanging storage bags to organize everything from clean clothes to kitchen utensils.
The Urban X doesn’t have the Urban’s cool pop-up computer screen trickery optimized for digital nomads that we saw earlier this year, but it’s designed to be a functional van of work from anywhere. The bright, open kitchen creates more legroom and a greater sense of space to accompany the removable work station/dining table. Plant a laptop and you can comfortably type on the keyboard while enjoying a cross breeze from the two open sliding side doors.
The Urban X combines a retractable sunroof with individually fold-flat rear seats to accommodate up to four people.
The Urban X motorhome module is mounted on its own floor panel. It looks like it’s easy enough to completely remove it from the van, but since VanTourer doesn’t discuss this possibility, we’re guessing the campervan package wasn’t designed with quick removal or reinstallation in mind. spirit. But with the Urban X’s open frame, easily removable water canisters, removable overhead storage bags and adjustable rear seats on the floor rails, the van still offers plenty of space and versatility for the ride. everyday and weekend errands, if not quite as much as fully convertible. minivan motorhomes like the Pössl Vanster.
Light and flexible motorhomes generally cost less than their full-time counterparts, but that’s not the case here. As shown in the fact sheet we picked up from the 2022 Düsseldorf Caravan Show world premiere of Urban X, the new van starts at €79,900 (about US$80,875), a surprising premium per compared to the 2023 Urban Base minivan of €59,900 (US$60,625). It’s also €10,000 more than the €69,900 (US$70,750) Urban Comfort model, which includes upgrades over the Base like an indoor/outdoor kitchen module. The Urban X rides on a Class V van rather than a Vito commercial van like the Urban, but that still seems like a price jump for a simpler design.
The flexible and lightweight construction of the Urban X kit seems to suit an electric van like the Mercedes-Benz EQV perfectly. We don’t know if VanTourer has any plans for such a model, but we’ll keep an eye out for a possible announcement.