Bailey launches flagship 2020 Autograph range
Follow quickly on from the launch of its new Advance Silver Edition special edition motorhome range, Bristol-based manufacturer of motorhomes and caravans, Bailey, has revealed the new eight-model range of its flagship Autograph motorhome line-up for the 2020 season.
Two all-new motorhomes
As with all Bailey motorhomes, the new Autograph is built on a combination of Peugeot’s manual six-speed 160bhp Boxer cab coupled to a low (not super-low as previously) Al-Ko chassis.
As befitting a flagship range, the package is comprehensive with only two options available – a change of fabric finishes and bedding to match. Everything else is included in the purchase price.
“This is a five-star specification with no hidden extras,” explained Marketing Director, Simon Howard. “The specification now includes a Thule Omnistore wind-out awning, a Dometic reversing camera, which is linked to the cab screen display, and Dometic’s 10-Series 153-litre refrigerator with universal door mechanism (model specific) as standard equipment.”
Added to this is a Truma 100W solar panel, a Status 550 digital television, exterior 230v and BBQ points, plus a spare wheel and tyre (steel wheel). All of which are often added cost extras on competitor models but are included in the basic list price.
The eight-model range sees two all-new models:
- The 79-2F and 79-4F, featuring a fixed double bed and transverse end washroom with a choice of either a parallel seat or L-shape front lounge and dedicated rear travel seats. The new 79-2F is a four-berth model with a fixed double bed, transverse end washroom and a front lounge with twin parallel facing sofas.
- The new 79-4F is also a four-berth but this time with twin fixed single beds at the rear, a transverse end washroom and an L-shape lounge and dedicated travel seats at the front. Both new models are on a 3,850kg chassis so ensure you have the licence to drive these before considering.
The other models in the new 2020 Autograph motorhome range
- The 69-2 (formerly the 68-2), which, as its name suggests is 10cm longer than the outgoing model and is a 3,500kg model with a two-berth central washroom/kitchen, rear lounge layout.
- The 74-2 (formerly the 75-2) is another existing model that has been lengthened by 10cm. It is a four-berth fixed double bed, corner washroom model with parallel front lounge and also sits on a licence-friendly 3,500kg chassis
- The 74-4 is a four-berth model with a fixed double bed, corner washroom and L-shape front lounge with dedicated rear travel seats. It also sits on a licence-friendly 3,500kg chassis
- The 79-4T is a four-berth with fixed single rear beds, a centre washroom and an L-shape lounge with dedicated travel seats at the front. It is built on a 3,850kg chassis.
- The 79-4I (formerly the 79-4) is another four-berth this time with a fixed island double bed at the rear, a centre washroom and an L-shape lounge with dedicated travel seats. It also sits on the heavier 3,850kg chassis.
- Finally, the 81-6 (formerly the 79-6) is the only six-berth model in the range and has a rear U-shaped, a centre washroom and also a front lounge with drop-down transverse double bed above. It is built on the heaviest chassis of all and weighs in at 4,250kg.
All models feature a 2.28m (7’6”) internal body width, whilst the Autograph 69-2 and 81-6 also benefit from an increase in body length, which creates longer seats in their end lounges, capable of being used as either twin single or a double bed.
A host of storage solutions are included in every layout, including a rear through-boot in all the end bedroom and end lounge layouts.
Inside the cab, there is a pair of fully adjustable front swivel captain’s seats, with dual upholstered armrests, cab air-conditioning, cruise control and a Peugeot sat-nav system.
Thanks to Bailey’s crash-testing programme, all Bailey motorhomes are fitted with extra support of chassis outriggers to strengthened floors, additional fastenings for items such as ovens and fridges, plus steel-framed seat base supports for all designated travel seats and a steel-framed structural bulkhead to support rear-facing designated travel seats.
Safety is enhanced with ABS (anti-lock braking system), ESP (electronic stability program), plus driver and passenger airbags.
For the latest incarnation of the Bailey Autograph, there is the reintroduction of the signature graphite-coloured Peugeot cab, which comes with LED daytime running lights and new diamond cut-style 16” alloy wheels (depending on the model).
In the habitation area, the trademark Bailey Mendip Ash finish, has been refined with new cabinetry and furniture featuring curved profiles, dual-finish Italian design overhead locker doors, Slate Grey marble finish worktops and polished chrome fittings.
There is also upgraded LED ambient and task lighting, plus multiple 230v and USB points throughout.
Every model comes with a choice of either standard Farringdon or optional Portobello soft furnishing schemes, featuring sprung seat bases and new curved corner backrests and removable head rests (model specific).
Where fitted, the full width over-cab skylight has a new backlit surround, whilst there are also new front corner storage pockets and twin flexible reading lights with integral USB sockets.
All models are fitted with a fully specified Alde programmable radiator heating system, which, matched with the thermal characteristics of the Alu-Tech body shell, makes the Autographs all-weather motorhomes, a fact confirmed with the achievement of the highest rating for thermal performance (Grade III).
The models’ fully equipped kitchens now include the new Thetford Caprice combination oven and grill plus the dual-fuel hob with electric hotplate as standard, while the larger models also benefit from the introduction of the Dometic 10-Series 153-litre fridge/freezer with universal handed door mechanism.
Prices for new models start at £55,495 and top out at £61,999.