Berths: 4 Travel seats: 4 Base vehicle: Peugeot Boxer Gross weight: 3,500kg Payload: 515kg
With Rapido Group’s acquisition of the budget brand, PLA, came the introduction of two low-profile motorhomes under the French Itineo brand but built in Italy. These are based on the Peugeot Boxer (or Citroën Jumper in LHD form) unlike Itineo’s Fiat-based A-classes and now, for 2019, they’re coming here.
As you’d expect, these new Itineos offer a choice of fixed single beds (PJ740) or island bed (PM740). Contrary to common industry practise, however, these are not near-identical twins differing only in bedroom format. Each is 7.4m long but, while the PJ layout has a half-dinette lounge (and a most unusual bathroom design), the PM model follows the fashion of the season with parallel settees up front.
The latest Itineo low-profiles both come with a new overcab moulding, indirect LED lighting, new upholstery, a taller garage and new furniture (similar to the A-class models). The Pack Life is the key option, adding height-adjustable cab seats with armrests, heated mirrors, cruise control, cab air-con, passenger airbag, an awning light, overcab Skyview sunroof, flyscreen door, ESP, 16in wheels, front foglamps and colour-coded cab door handles. Other extras include an oven and the 160bhp engine upgrade.
Along with the keen pricing, it’s the side-facing lounge seats that are likely to grab the attention of UK buyers. On the offside it’s a single seat, while two could park themselves on the nearside. Both settees are rather too high off the floor, unless you have very long legs. The fixed table folds in half – it’s simply huge when unfolded.
You won’t have to fiddle about converting the lounge into a bed, because an electric drop-down double (2.00m by 1.19m/1.05m – manufacturer’s figures) lowers from above. You have more work to do when you need an extra pair of travel seats, the conversion involving steel-framed slot-in backrests for the forward-facing chairs. It’s worth noting, too, that there’s no side window for the offside rear passenger. There’s no window in the door, either, so on site you’ll be glad of the overcab sunroof.
Of course, the main sleeping quarters are aft, where the island bed – nicely rectangular – measures 1.96m by 1.40m and sits 0.97m off the floor. In typical style, the toilet door closes off the whole rear end of the motorhome, while a concertina screen can separate the bedroom. The toilet room is a good size and has an opening window, while opposite you step down into the shower cubicle with massive 2.11m headroom.
In the centre of the vehicle, the L-shaped galley lacks worktop space but features a trio of drawers. Cooking is on a three-burner hob, while, opposite, the Thetford fridge has both a huge 149-litre capacity and automatic energy selection – a surprise at this price. The furniture feels solidly made, too, although the interior styling clearly indicates that this is an entry-level vehicle.
Finally, there’s a rear garage with 1.13m headroom, heating, lighting and two loading doors.