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Refreshed for 2017, the Auto-Trail Tracker RS now boasts a bigger lounge and washroom, plus an improved kitchen, increasing its appeal as a couples' ’van
And this status was cemented a couple of seasons ago with the launch of the entry level Imala, which brought lower weights and lower prices into the Auto-Trail offer.
For 2017, Tracker gets a targeted rework to keep it fresh and competitive. The RS carries a tried-and-tested floor plan – parallel lounge/end-washroom – but it has been stretched by 0.84m so it now breaks the tape at 6.94m.
Auto-Trail’s aims were to increase the size of the make-up double bed in the lounge, grow the shower compartment and to improve ergonomics in the kitchen by adding an L-shaped work top.
Other changes see more spacious overhead lockers in the lounge, facilitated by moving the nearside awning up to sit at the edge of the rooflline, and a smart new moulded GRP rear panel.
Our test ’van was supplied in Lo-Line form, which means there’s a pair of overhead lockers in lieu of an overcab double bed (the Hi-Line roof, with a double bed instead of storage, is a no-cost option).
Habitation sidewalls are faced in hard-wearing GRP, with laminated interior walls. A five-year bodyshell warranty comes as standard.
On the road
For a commercial base vehicle, the Ducato is pleasingly relaxing to drive. This is thanks to a commanding driving position and light, car-like controls.
The pronounced A-pillars do require looking around when approaching a junction, but rearwards vision via the large cab door mirrors, with lower ‘blind spot’ sections, is good.
Lounging & dining
The lounge has a large window on either side, plus a central rooflight, and in Lo-Line flavour, benefits from a panoramic overcab skylight. LED lighting is available as a backup, in addition to the over-locker ambient lighting.
Kitchen kit comprises dual-fuel hobs, a separate oven and grill, a rooflight extractor fan and a microwave oven. We'd have liked to have seen more than one 230V socket above the worktop.
Making up the double bed is straightforward, as sliding slats extend easily into the middle of the gangway ready to receive the rearranged cushions.
Concertina blinds fitted to the windscreen and cab door windows create ideal blackout conditions for a restful night’s sleep.
Outside, a vertical storage locker is sited in the nearside rear corner, with a folding shelf to accommodate taller items.
Other storage provision comprises a wide wardrobe opposite the kitchen, and under-sink pot and pan storage.
The Media Pack 2 (£999), as fitted to our test ’van, adds steering wheel controls for audio and phone, a touchscreen radio/CD player with satellite navigation, a colour reversing camera, an 18.5in drop-down flatscreen TV and a Maxview Gazelle omnidirectional aerial.
|Fresh/waste water||135L / 85L|
|Leisure battery||100 Ah|
|Gas tank size||13kg|
|Number of gas tank compartments||1|
|Gas bottle size||7kg|
|Number of gas bottles||1|
3-burner gas with electric hot plate, Oven, Separate grill, Microwave, Extractor fan
Separate shower cubicle
Discerning touring couples who don’t prize fixed beds will find much to like in the revised Auto-Trail Tracker RS.
The extra length takes the ’van away from the 6m threshold, but delivers 6ft-long single beds, a larger washroom and an L-shaped kitchen – plus the latest, more fuel-efficient engine. What’s not to like?
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- The sofas and make-up double are bigger than before
- The shower is larger than previously
- The revised kitchen's design is very user-friendly
- It's now nearly 7m long