Auto-Trail’s play for a slice of the entry-level coachbuilt motorhome market surprised many followers of the marque – not least because Tribute coachbuilts already occupy this space and are built in the same factory. But raised eyebrows were soon lowered and all doubts put aside when Imala was seen in the metal.

Lighter in weight and more affordable than other Auto-Trail models, the new Imala line-up targeted younger customers, who lack C1 entitlement on their driving licences, and has been very well received. So much so that the range has expanded for 2016 and, if confirmation were needed that the Imala range has come of age, then the island-bed Imala 730 provides that proof.