One of the dealer special Champagne range of motorhomes built exclusively for Brownhills by Swift. As such, it has extra equipment already added, which means buyers get a great all-in-one exclusive package.
Base Vehicle: Fiat Ducato Berths: 4 Travel Seats: 4 Length: 7.41m Width: 2.31m Gross Weight: 3,500kg Payload: 620kg
The Swift Escape has consistently been one of the UK’s most popular motorhome ranges and this Champagne 694, which is based on the corresponding Escape 694, offers loads of extra kit for those looking for a great island bed motorhome from Brownhills.
The Newark-based dealer’s special edition Champagne range has a comprehensive line-up: there are four van conversions, 10 coachbuilts and, new for this year, three compact coachbuilts. All of which, as you might expect, are resplendent in champagne-coloured exterior paint and exclusive extras.
'Champagne' carries an association with luxury and decadence and, by offering plenty of extra spec over the standard Swift range, that’s clearly what Brownhills is going for with its exclusive range.
The Champagne 694, which is one of the new models introduced for the 2019 season, has an island bed layout, although in the wide range you can also find rear lounges, twin single beds and an end washroom, so there’s flexibility here in terms of preference.
There’s variation, too, with the 694 model. If you're looking for a family motorhome, there’s a six berth version, which also boasts a rear-facing fifth travel seat. The extra sleeping accommodation comes in the form of a drop-down double bed (the alternative four berth doesn’t have that drop-down double).
There’s also an automatic option of the 694 if you favour that over manual transmission.
There’s a half-dinette with plush seating, which obviously makes way for a bed when you’ve parked up for the night, but it’s above the habitation door that things really start to get interesting. A seven-inch touch screen control panel above the door includes dimmable lighting, and Swift’s command system, which allows buyers to alter heating and lighting, as well as other functions, via a smartphone app.
The kitchen is efficiently equipped, with three gas burners as well as a combined oven and grill. The inclusion of a fitted microwave – to cater for British motorhomers' expectations – means that you’ve got just about all bases covered when it comes to rustling up a spot of dinner. The sink, meanwhile, comes with a very handy removable draining board, as well as drawers beneath. Practicality should never be underestimated.
The washroom is bright and modern, but it’s in the bedroom where this Champagne model scores extra points.
Here, there is a relaxed and comfortable feel, enhanced by some of the extra elements. Padded surrounds around the bedroom window help to soften the look and there are pleated blinds and flyscreens – much appreciated in the heat of summer – and a concertina screen provides some valued privacy.
As for the bed itself, as is customary with Swift models, it comes with the Duvalite Duvalay mattress, renowned for its comfort. The bed extends too, if required, so a great night’s sleep is guaranteed.
Storage is good, with single wardrobes either side of the bed, as well as side-by-side overhead cupboards. One of the best features in the bedroom, however, is the vanity area near the foot of the bed.
Sitting on the bed, you have a mains point for the use of a hairdryer, hair straighteners or whatever else you might need. It’s a nice touch and, again, adds to the feel of home-from-home comfort.
Now, to that extra spec of the Brownhills’ Champagne Pack, which includes a host of impressive extras, including:
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