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Carthago launches Mercedes-based A-class

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German premium manufacturer, Carthago, has launched Mercedes-Benz Sprinter-based versions of its top-end Chic e-line/s-plus A-class motorhomes.

The manufacturer has also revealed a series of updates and enhancements to the rest of its line-up, including the launch of a new all-LED headlight system and a new lithium-ion battery system.

The big news though is the option to have the Mercedes-Benz three-pointed star on the front of a new Carthago Chic e-line/s-plus – and it is expected that this base vehicle will eventually be extended to the Chic c-line.

For 2020, the e-line will be available to order on the new front-wheel drive Sprinter, while, for the XL versions, Carthago is the first manufacturer to offer a twin-rear axle 5.5-tonne chassis on the Sprinter.

The e-line Sprinter comes with a 143bhp engine and a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, with the option to upgrade to the 177bhp engine and Mercedes’ nine-speed automatic gearbox.

Cab and driver equipment in this new Mercedes-based range is high, so will have numerous assistance systems and a state-of-the-art cockpit.

This new Mercedes-based e-line range consists of the 50 LE (rear twin single beds) and 51 QB (island bed) models – with the twin-rear axle as an option – as well as the extra-long versions: the 61 LE XL and the 64 QB XL, which range in length from 8.0m to almost 9.0m and weigh between 4.5 and 5.5 tonnes.

In addition to the arrival of these Mercedes-based models, the entire Chic e-line range also gets a new look including all-new LED high-performance headlights, a new radiator grille and a new interior.

There are some great touches, such as the inclusion of numerous drawers, a practical shoe compartment in the door-side section of the lounge seating and a retracted plinth in the kitchen so the chef has a comfortable working posture. Another highlight is a pull-out section beneath the kitchen worktop, which accommodates two waste bins and a bottle rack.

Carthago has also revealed its new optional computer-controlled lithium-ion battery system. It has a capacity of 90Ah and significantly increases independence from mains hook-up. It has also created a self-sufficiency package with one or two lithium-ion batteries as well as a solar power system.

Read details of all the new 2020 motorhomes and campervans in the special free supplement in November’s issue of MMM.

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