FOR 2022, LE VOYAGEUR is introducing a new Mercedes-based range, running alongside its standard Classics.

Heritage, the new range is, in effect, in place of the Liner and top-spec Signature line-ups, which the French manufacturer and sibling company to Pilote has discontinued. Based on a Mercedes Sprinter with an Al-Ko chassis, Heritage returns the brand to the base vehicle Le Voyageur was using when it first came into this country, more than a decade ago.

You get a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, but the Mercedes nine-speed 9G-Tronic gearbox is available as an option. Similarly, while semi-automatic cab air conditioning comes as standard, fully automatic is an option. The MBUX display system on the dashboard is designed to give you 360-degree vision around the vehicle, including a drone view.

Four models are included: two with island beds, the 7.91m single-axle LVH7 9CF and the 8.75m twin-axle LVXH8 7CF, and two with fixed single beds and similar lengths and axles, the LVXH7 9GJF and the LVXH8 7GJF. All have a front lounge with parallel settees either side of a folding pedestal table.

Interiors will be a mix of the Classic and the Heritage, with more rounded upholstery. Light-wood furniture contrasts with gloss-white locker doors and some black edging to partitions and shelving.

The Fiat-based Classic continues with 15 models in five van lengths, from 6.8m to 8.5m. Most are fixed-single-bed and island-bed layouts, but there is also the LV6 8LF with an end washroom, the LV7 8LU with a U-shaped rear lounge, and the LV7 8JF with single beds and an end washroom.

Le Voyageur: A quick history

Le Voyageur’s founder, George Sacier, had a vision to design a motorhome that would be capable of taking you “as far as your desire to conquer the world extends”.

He wanted to base all of his vehicles around four pillars: durability, autonomy, security and comfort. That was 40 years ago, and for the past 20 years, Le Voyageur has carried on that ambition under the ownership of the Pilote Group.

Pilote acquired it at the start of the century, around the same time as the equally upmarket niche brand RMB. The group also owns Frankia.

Le Voyageur is particularly well known for its larger, very spacious, liner-style motorhomes, although you can get a Le Voyageur that is less than 7m long. A couple of seasons ago, Le Voyageur became the first A-class manufacturer to produce a motorhome with all-round 360º vision.

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