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Italian motorhome manufacturer, Laika, launches new motorhomes and campervans


Italian motorhome manufacturer, Laika, has launched two new campervans and two new motorhomes, one of which is based on the new Mercedes Spriter.

Both campervans are built on the Fiat Ducato chassis and are available in two lengths.

The Kosmo 5.4 campervan is 541cm long while the Kosmo 6.0 is 599cm long. Both can carry four people but are two-berth with a rear double bed (there is a third berth as an option).

The exterior look with designer graphics is carried across both the white (standard) and the silver (optional) body. Both also get a glossy black grille with chrome inserts and black headlight bezels. The windows are high quality, with aluminium frame, blackout protection and flyscreen.

Inside, Laika has fitted Tuscan Pear Wood furniture and Alba upholstery to complement the glossy white cabinet doors.

In the kitchen, the worktop is scratch-proof and fingerprint resistant. The additional foldable worktop (available only on the Kosmo 5.4) allows extra room for cooking.

In the sleeping area, the double bed with wooden slats measures 195cm by 133cm max on the Kosmo 5.4, and 195cm by 157cm on the Kosmo 6.0. The sleeping area also features adjustable reading lights.

In the cab there are twin seats with headrest, two armrests all finished in matching upholstery of the dinette. Safety features include airbags for driver and passenger, ESP, Traction+, Hill Holder and Hill Descent and a child restraint system (optional). Diesel heating is standard on both models.

UK prices are £41,000 for the 5.4 and £41,900 for the 6.0. You can also specify a Comfort pack for both models, including cab air-con, cruise control, electric mirrors, height adjustable passenger seat, DAB aerial (on rear view mirror) and cab speakers, as well as a larger rooflight in the lounge, cab carpets, insulated and heated waste water tank, duckboard for shower, cab blinds, washroom window, flyscreen for sliding door and electric step. This pack is priced at £2,800 and will use up 64.7kg of payload.

Laika has also revealed its new Kosmo 2009 – a new motorhome that marks the return of a Mercedes chassis to the Laika line-up. In addition, it has also launched the Kosmo F510, a coachbuilt motorhome aimed at family buyers.

But it’s the launch of the 6.99m-long Kosmo 2009 that is generating most interest as it built on the new Mercedes Sprinter chassis with rear-wheel drive.

Available with a classic white (standard) or silver (optional) cab, the new Kosmo has plenty of standard equipment, including an electric parking brake, electronic wind gust correction device, ABS, anti-skid system, braking assistance, ESP, Hill Holder and airbags for driver and passenger.

On the interior, which has a width of 218cm and height of 205cm (190cm under the optional drop-down bed), the cabinets and kitchen doors are bright white to blend with the kitchen worktop and ‘statement’ multi-directional table. The kitchen also has additional flip-up worktop as standard.

At the front, the L-shaped dinette has height-adjustable headrests for increased comfort, while in the rear there are twin single beds, which are 187cm and 195cm long with breathable mattresses and machine-washable stretchy covers.

The Kosmo 2009 is also designed for low temperatures, with the water supply system arranged in an anti-freeze position and the insulated and heated grey water tank (also standard). Prices start from £61,000 with the addtional Comfort pack adding £4,080 to that (removing 28kg of payload to boot). This pack includes automatic climate control in the cab, body coloured bumper, chrome-trimmed radiator grille, cruise control, external temperature sensor, all-season tyres, electric mirrors, cab blinds and duckboard for the shower. 

The 2009 can be specified with a Driver Assistant Pack, which includes adaptive cruise control. although you'll need to specify the Comfort pack too to allow this. It's also got features that offer emergency braking as well as lane departure warnings, automatic wipers and high beam assist for a price of £3,700.

The Italian manufacturer has also launched its 7.25m-long Kosmo F510, the "F" stands for "Family". Built on the 130bhp Fiat Ducato chassis, the F510 has an approved capacity to carry five people (a sixth travel seat is optional) and offers four berths as standard with a fifth berth as an option.

It features twin windows in the overcab luton – a trademark feature of Laika coachbuilt models – together with an interior design that characterises the entire Kosmo range.

The overcab area has a 211cm by 159cm double bed with wooden slats and two USB ports.

In the dinette with plush cushions and height-adjustable headrests, the table can be extended to 140 cm (optional) to seat two extra guests (optional) by exploiting two foldable panels equipped with cushion to allow up to six people to dine in comfort.

There is indirect multi-level lighting in the living, kitchen and bedroom areas, over and under the cabinets.

Furthermore, there are five USB ports so that everyone can recharge their devices. Access to the living space is facilitated by the XXL door, which is 70cm wide with two locks, fixed window, blackout protections and flyscreen. At the rear is a twin-access garage and even a TV socket so you can enjoy TV out in the open.

The Kosmo F510 is priced at £51,000 and can laso be specified with an extra pack - costing £2,800 and adding 45.4kg to the unladen weight. This pack gives you manual cab air-con, ESP, Traction+, Hill Holder, Hill Descent, passenger airbag, cruise control, electric mirros, height adjustable passenger seat, cab speakers, cab carpet and blinds plus an insulated and heated waste water tank.



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