Sarah Wakely

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A blinged-up new Cliff van conversion model is just one of many highlights for the 2019 season from this German manufacturer

It’s hard to believe that it’s only three years since Sunlight shared a new-model launch with fellow Erwin Hymer Group brand Dethleffs.

Things have changed a lot since then, with the former becoming a recognisable and popular brand in its own right; this year, it held a glitzy launch at the Allianz Arena, home of Bayern Munich FC.

Last year the company made a move into both A-classes and van conversions. This year’s updates were more muted, but did include a new, bright-red version of the Cliff van conversion, and a clutch of other new models.

Rear beds and special editions

The Cliff van conversion range was launched last year, and was very well received; the 601 model even won the Best Budget Motorhome gong in our 2018 Motorhome of the Year Awards.

This year it continues with four floorplans, all with a bed at the back. Interestingly, the 601 retains its unusual double-bed-bunks at the rear, but this year there are two separate Cliff ranges: the regular version, and Special Edition. 

Special Edition models are particularly well specified, and come with a sporty-looking red exterior - we think it’ll make you stand out on site, but it’s likely to divide opinion.

The kit level includes 16-inch alloy wheels, an awning, a panoramic rooflight over the lounge, four mains sockets and integrated LED lights. Special Edition models range in price from £46,299-£49,149 OTR.

The Entry Level models, meanwhile, offer a slightly lower specification as standard; the exterior is white, and the lighting, upholstery and fittings vary.

However, they do feature a 2.3-litre engine over the Special Edition Cliff’s 2.0, with 130bhp and larger payloads. They are also very competitively priced, from £37,449-£39,799 OTR.

In the I-monikered flagship A-class range, the 69 S is an impressive new model. It features a comfortable island bed at the rear and a spacious interior, yet remains just 7m in length and sits on a 3.5-tonne chassis.

It’s the cheapest of the three I models at £60,149; the most expensive costs £61,749.

Prices for T-badged models range from £46,999-£50,499 OTR, while A-badged models run from £49,149-£51,800 OTR.

UK models are likely to include the UK pack, which features a large fridge, a cab sunroof, Truma Combi 6E heating, an oven and right-hand drive. 

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