Wellhouse launches campervan based on Ford Grand Tourneo
The latest new model to join the Ford range from Wellhouse Leisure is the Evie, a compact, two-berth camping-car, with an elevating roof and four seats, that’s the size of a car at 4.8m long and under 2m high.The car-like dimensions make it easy to park and drive, yet be flexible for camping and leisure activities too.
The Evia is the first camping conversion based on the new Ford Grand Tourneo Connect with a long wheelbase, which Wellhouse Leisure chose for its higher comforts and specification over the equivalent commercial Transit Connect version. With a GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight) of 2,300kg, it can be driven by anyone with a full UK driving licence.
There are Style and Zetec trim levels available for the Grand Tourneo Connect, both with DAB radio with USB, Bluetooth and Voice Control, plus steering wheel controls and daytime running-lights. The Zetec also has a heated windscreen and washer jets, rear privacy glass and electrically-operated and heated door mirrors, front fog lights, a 3.5 inch multi-function display, DAB radio/CD, Ford SYNC with Emergency Assistance, air conditioning and lockable glovebox.
There’s a choice of nine colours, all with matching elevating roof, plus an extensive Ford options list to choose from for factory orders. Three of the latest, economical Ford engines are available for the Evie including a 1.6-litre TDCi engine with 94bhp or 113bhp and five and six-speed manuals, respectively; or the punchy 147bhp, 1.6-litre Ecoboost petrol engine with automatic transmission.
Inside, the Grand Tourneo Connect’s long wheelbase has provided more space for a side kitchen area and wardrobe, leaving room for the standard Ford rear seat so a total of four people can still travel in the Evie.
When camping, the rear seat folds away to create more living space during the day and a double bed at night. If only two travel seats are required, the Evie can be ordered without the rear seat and a longer bench seat down the nearside instead, which can be used as a single berth or still be made up into a double bed.
Despite its compact size, the Evie still has storage for a portable toilet, 15-litre water container, plus a two-burner gas hob kitchen with a sink, top-loading compressor fridge and a clever, hinged cooker unit which, thanks to the standard twin sliding side doors, can be rotated to offer the flexibility of cooking outdoors. LED lighting keeps the interior well illuminated at night, while using minimal power from the standard leisure battery.
On the road prices start from £28,500 for the Grand Tourneo Connect with the Style trim level. Options include a side or rear tailgate awning to extend the living space or sleeping accommodation, mains electric hook-up, a 95W solar panel and an Eberspächer heater.
David Elliott, Managing Director of Wellhouse Leisure explained the function of the new conversion, “We call the new Evie a ‘camping-car’ as it is designed for people who don’t want, or need, a full sized-campervan, but still want the flexibility of a car to use every day that can double up as a camper for trips away or a comfortable base for outdoor sports and hobbies.”
“The Evie had a fantastic reception when we took it and our other Ford models on a tour of our Ford agents across the UK,” David continued.
Full details of the Wellhouse Evie camping-car are available from www.wellhouseleisure.com/ford, or by calling 01484 600416 or by an email to [email protected].
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