After a whole sweep of changes for the 2016 season, French manufacturer Pilote entered 2017 with only one new coachbuilt layout.

But it’s perhaps a mark of how important the UK market is to the company that the new model in question – the 650U – should feature a Brit-friendly rear U-shaped lounge, albeit given the innovative Pilote interpretation.

As with many of Pilote’s coachbuilts, the layout is available as both a Galaxy A-class, and a Pacific low-profile coachbuilt – not to mention in the usual different spec levels: Essentiel and Sensation in Pacific, and the same two levels plus the top-of-the-range Emotion in Galaxy.

It’s also available as a Bavaria-branded model, again in either low-profile or A-class format.

For our review here we are in the middle ground, with a Pilote Pacific P650U Sensation.