Berths: 2 Travel seats: 2 Base vehicle: Fiat Ducato Gross weight: 3,500kg Payload: 480kg
Doesn’t it look good! And what a change from white or silver. Of course, it helps that the Smove – N+B’s first and only low-profile motorhome – is not your average square box.
Study the way the cab blends with the bodywork from Erwin Hymer Group’s most premium brand and you’ll be deeply impressed.
Even in white this is a stylish ’van. Here, though, it’s shown in Frozen Red, a BMW paint colour. The colour change includes window frames, vents and hook-up flap in grey, plus on-trend black alloy wheels. It’s not a cheap option (think around 13-grand) and it’ll increase the lead time of your new Smove, but – in theory, at least – you can have any colour you like. Just how brave are you?
This, of course, is all part of Niesmann’s move (Smove?) to offer more and more personalisation options, in line with premium automotive brands. A less expensive option is to have skirts in contrasting Porsche paint – Champagne Matt, Lava Orange, Miami Blue, Carbon Optic or Green Elox.
Inside, though, all Smoves get the new Modern Line furniture (offered as an alternative to Classic on Arto and Flair A-classes). You still get to choose from matt or gloss locker doors in white or wood finish, though. Inside, the Smove might not be as dramatic as this example’s exterior but it does have a clean, modern, uncluttered vibe that has seen this one-of-a-kind motorhome appeal to UK buyers in surprising numbers.
Here, it’s a side settee lounge (longer sofa on the offside) with a clever expanding table – pull at the edges and a centre section pops up to fill the gap. There are new upholstery options this season (including brown leather), while backrests can still be specified in contrasting material to the squabs. Above, roof lockers seamlessly merge into the cab, while curved panels behind the settees (trimmed in a suede-style fabric) blend the driving quarters and living area. Double sunroofs ensure there’s no shortage of daylight.
The galley is discreetly hidden. When not in use it simply appears to be an attractive chest of drawers. Flip over the right-hand section of the worktop, though, and you reveal the hob – and create preparation space alongside at the same time. Opposite is a 141-litre fridge/freezer with bottle drawer.
A new reed-effect in the bathroom door is an alternative to the existing real grass insert, but it’s the clever way the washroom converts into a super-spacious shower that will make you go “wow”. The swing-wall and basin is not such a surprise, but here the cassette loo also disappears out of the way – at the press of a button, of course. Now, the bathroom is just a spacious, unencumbered shower cubicle.
Finally, the rear bedroom has beds that are each a generous 2.01m long. Plastics springs under the mattress ensure sleeping comfort, while wardrobes under the foot of each bed feature neat drop-down doors. Under the rear bedroom is a garage with a bike-friendly interior height of 1.13m.