For a long time the twin-axle, high-spec Delta range has been a team of two, both with double beds. Now, there’s a third layout option for buyers looking for a lengthy Lunar. This one has twin beds.
It also has two wardrobes, a large fridge with separate freezer, a ceramic toilet and one of the most spacious shower rooms you’ll find in any tourer. Equipment includes Alde heating, an alarm system, an onboard water tank and electronic stability control.
The new Delta makes its public debut at the spring NEC show (17 - 22 February) but before it was hauled onto a transporter for its showcase launch, Caravan mag’s Test Editor and photo man had the honour of being the first people outside Lunar to see it. We towed it 20 miles north from the factory, to Little Orchard Caravan Park in the hamlet of Weeton, for this review...
This year’s Deltas have an air of sophistication, of opulence, almost; that’s created by a number of features including tactile upholstery and stunning lighting design.
In 2014 Lunar launched a limited edition range called Saros. The range brought in wow-factor styling that defined Saros and, although this one-year-only edition of the Clubman is no longer made, some of its features are now in Deltas and Clubmans. Among them is, in our opinion, the best-designed roof light in any caravan. It’s long (1.36m to be precise). It opens. And it’s framed by a white oval panel edged with concealed lighting. In bright sunlight the rim lighting takes on a rose pink hue. After sundown it looks white.
More stunning lighting design appears in a subtle style, in an open corner unit between the fridge and the door. This unit has two shelves, and clips for two stemmed glasses. But this is no ordinary drinks cabinet. Lines of LEDs run inside its vertical edges, giving the corner unit the same slightly rose pink light that we see around the roof light. It’s a simple piece of design but so effective at contributing to the signal that the new Delta TS is designed for discerning buyers who like the finer things in life.
Delta lighting luxury continues above high-gloss white top lockers; streams of light accentuate this glossy feature that is another introduced by the style-icon Saros. And it goes on, right down to floor level, with the word “Lunar” appearing in intense but small blue lighting, below the cooker.
Outside, there’s another stunning lighting feature; this time one that will announce to all onlookers that you have a Delta. LEDs are set within all four grab-handles, so that they illuminate the recesses. These lights come on when you turn on the two awning lights (the offside one is in the perfect place to provide illumination when you’re carrying out the water tasks).
We measured the depth of the shower room at 1.25m; that makes it one of the largest in any caravan and substantially bigger than the majority. The pampering room is kept warm by a large Alde-heated towel rail, a chunkily-attractive chrome piping structure which snakes 93cm up the forward wall.
Lights come on automatically when you open the doors of the two wardrobes. Each gives you 40cm of hanging width. The one in the offside corner has a removable panel so that you can increase hanging depth. Two shelves here provide ample space for footwear.
Three drawers below the nearside wardrobe are the perfect socks department.
At 79cm x 65cm the shower is the size of many you’d find in houses. Two corner shampoo shelves are made of green acrylic that gleams in the sunshine. The shower rose has an air intake that increases flow rate when the air mixes with the water.
Lunar makes its twin beds the same height as the lounge settees. Keeping them low gives the caravan a good open-plan aspect. It also nicely integrates the bedroom with the day area, making the beds look like inviting feet-up relaxing places rather than simply beds.
With such capacious clothing storage in the shower room, the four large overhead lockers in the bedroom will never get crammed with stuff. And all four have shelves, which means you can easily organise stuff here.
Full-length hatches lead to the areas under the beds and settees. Exterior hatch access opens into the nearside under-bed space. Six top lockers, all with superb white gloss finish, surround the lounge.
Storage, we can safely say, is nothing short of excellent in the TS.
Most buyers of the TS will be couples, so the four-person freestanding table may get only occasional use. That’s because the pull-out centre-front table gives you an adequate surface for two place-settings, at 78cm deep and 60cm wide. The table is stored in a forward section of the kitchen cabinets; getting it in and out is easy.
At 1.64m the settees are long enough to put your feet up but not to lie down while you’re watching your TV which will be on the shelf below the drinks recess; that’s what the chais longue beds are for! A TV bracket and connections are in the bedroom, too.
We love the tactile fabric of the seating; the plain cream, with fibres that reflect the light, is stunningly modern. The twisting vertical pattern of the curtains and two of the cushions shines in both sun and artificial light, enhancing the exceptionally light, bright look. There are two additional, larger cushions, in a subtle purple shade. The forward armrests give really good back and shoulder support. Comfort, we discovered during our TS test, is a given!
So, too, is easy mealtime-making. The surface is 96cm wide. A matching cover for the sink ensures it becomes part of the surface when it’s not in use. And there’s more. You can extend your TS kitchen length by 35cm, though with so much main space, this hinged area is more luxury than necessity.
Storage capacity is similarly generous, with a two-shelf cupboard that’s 55cm wide, and five drawers, one of which it fitted for cutlery. Five white frosted doors front the top cabinets. And these get their share of the Delta lighting style magic, with LED strips that cast a nicely subdued light into the caravan.
A cabinet under the TV shelf, on the other side of the caravan, plus space under the fridge, completes the capacious capability of the kitchen. Perhaps the new Delta’s greatest kitchen storage asset, though, is its 180-litre fridge and separate freezer.
Twin-axle caravans are suddenly becoming more numerous, it seems. Coachman brought out an additional Laser in October. Lunar has recently grown its lightweight Venus range by one to give family buyers a brilliant lightweight, lengthy, twin-axle option. And now two more come this month from Lunar, the Delta TS and a new Quasar, the 646, with fixed bunks and a corner end washroom, to be launched at the NEC February show.
Twin-axle towing ease was demonstrated with two different vehicles during this review, a Kia Sorento and a Volvo XC90. Both journeys, over motorway and winding lanes, underlined yet again that if the best in stability, towing ease and therefore relaxed driving is a priority for you, look seriously at twins. And if twin beds are for you, too, take a long, serious look at a new Delta TS.