Knaus reveals its 2020 motorhome models
German brand Knaus has launched its new motorhome range in Bad Griesbach - southern Germany - boasting the all-new L!VE I A-class motorhome and the BoxStar 600 XL high-roof campervan.
The new L!VE I is an entry-level A-class model that now completes the Knaus LIVE line-up. Prices are yet to be confirmed in the UK but it will retail in Europe from 59,990 Euro.
It’s based on the Fiat Ducato 3,500kg chassis and features the characteristic blue, grey and black Knaus graphics on the outside. The Knaus L!VE I comes in two layouts – the 650 MEG and the 700 MEG.
The 650 MEG offers up to six berths, as it features twin beds in the rear above a garage with a further two berths in the form of a drop-down double bed over the cab while another bed can be made up in the lounge. The dinette features an extendible table that’s attached to the sidewall. A forward-facing bench (with two three-point seatbelts), swivel cab seats and a jump seat by the door means five can comfortably sit here.
Behind the bench is where you’ll find the all-in-one compact washroom with a basin that slides out of the way to allow more room for showering. Opposite the washroom is the kitchen, which features a Dometic three-burner gas hob and an adjacent sink. Next to this is an AES 142-litre Thetford fridge.
The alternative layout L!VE I 700 MEG is identical except the kitchen and washroom are in opposite locations. This allows for a bigger washroom in the 700 MEG, which features a separate shower cubicle. A larger 177-litre Dometic fridge can be specified in the 700 MEG, too.
Both L!VE I models come with full LED headlights and Knaus CATEYE evolution rear light clusters. Inside, there’s energy-saving LED lighting throughout, soft-close cabinets and EvoPoreHRC mattresses on the beds. Optional extras include Alde heatin, Grammer seats, and an additional gas cylinder space.
Moving on to the new BoxStar 600 XL high-roof campervan, this is available in two layouts: the Street and the Lifetime. The street features a ComfortSlide transverse double bed in the rear while the Lifetime has two single beds positioned lengthways.
What makes this new XL model stand out from the rest of the models in the existent BoxStar range is the integral sandwich construction high roof, which provides a greater sense of space, allows further standing room throughout the vehicle, and provides more storage space. The integral design of the roof is said to keep the campervan at a compact height, although vehicle dimensions are still to be confirmed.
The new BoxStar XL features a compact all-in-one washroom with a toilet, shower and basin. Opposite is a kitchen with a two-burner gas hob, sink and fridge. At the front of the vehicle is the dinette, which seats four. As the forward-facing bench features two three-point seatbelts and there’s a drop-down double bed over the cab, it’s a true four-berth model.
In addition to the new models, there are also some updates across the whole of the Knaus model range for 2020. Foremost is a BWT (Best Water Technology) water filter system that’s now fitted to all its water tanks. This eliminates the need for the use of chemicals, being a filter system with easy-to-replace filters, which can also be retrofitted.
Also new is the optional ‘e.hit’ rear carrier that attaches directly to the chassis and swings out from under the bumper at the touch of a button. The addition of an ‘e.carry’ bike carrier means you can carry two bikes. Instead of this – or in addition to – you can specify the ‘e.box’ accessory, which is a sturdy plastic weather resistant transport box with a 320-litre capacity.
Finally, there’s a head-up display that’s fitted to all Knaus 2020 models when you order the optional media pack. It’s a transparent screen that sits conveniently above the steering wheel and displays navigation information such as directions and speed limit.
Look out for extended news and reports in our Essential Guide to 2020 Motorhomes & Campervans - a supplement FREE with the November 2019 issue of MMM magazine (out in stores from 17 October)