Carthago chic c line enters a second generation
Carthago’s chic c-line has now been on the market for ten years and for 2015 the model has entered its second generation, the most striking thing from the outside of which is a modern and distinctive front bonnet.
Ten years on the market
Around 7,500 integrated chic models have been produced since 2004. In 2002 the model came on the market as an over cab motorhome and the semi-integrated chic followed one year later. One year after that, the integrated chic followed.
The Carthago chic has a double floor, AL-KO-low frame chassis and highly stable full-aluminium sandwich with RTM insulation.
Carthago made changes to the chic over the years. In 2008, the chic developed to a family with the chic c-line, chic e-line and the chic s-plus. Three years later, the three-axle chic c-line XL arrived.
Generation II of the chic c-line
The second generation has a new radiator mask with large air openings which together forms a trapezium shape with chrome-plated grille and chrome fog lights. This gives it somewhat the appearance of some premium passenger cars.
An important change for the driver and passenger is that the windscreen has been raised by nine centimetres which is not only great for driving and seeing traffic lights but also when once is parked and enjoying a super view.
There is a bed above the cabin but its position does not effect the larger window as Carthago has withdrawn the trim of the roof shells and positioned the bed higher. The bed measures 195 x 160cm.
People who live in their vans will be pleased with the self-sufficiency the vehicle offers. It has a 170 litre fresh water tank on board as well as the 2 standard 80 AH gel batteries. If the batteries are then connected to solar panels (not included), this should be sufficient energy for most people to avoid recharging except in the winter. Bear in mind that a 170 fresh water tank is a lot but spring water is often not suitable for drinking two or three days after it is drawn from a well although for washing this should keep most people going for several days. (Please see our articles on these subjects.)
Of further interest to full timers is the storage space in the living area and in the double floor.
Further development of living area and equipment details
One or two other details worth mentioning are the coffee machine lift in the kitchen which now offers space for a Nespresso machine as a new option – or if you don’t like Nespresso then a normal coffee machine can go in this place. .
There is an LED light strip under the fold-down bed for lighting with more atmosphere. Models with single beds are provided with a large shelf that runs along the head side of the sleeping area, and a newly positioned reading lamp.
In some cases, the furniture, kitchen and bathroom has been upgraded in the second generation in order to change the room concept.
Other features include a door for the driver, security double locking, spacious rear garage with load-bearing floor, lashing system with socket, high capacity heater Truma Combi 6, LED lighting and the safety package with airbags for the driver and passenger sides. There is ESP (except three-axle vehicles).
Weight-optimised double floor
Carthago has introduced a new double floor. The bottom of both base plates still comprises a robust GRP full sandwich with highly effective insulation made from RTM hard foam however Carthago now manufactures the top base plate from a sandwich with upper and lower side made from plywood as well as additional insulation. Weight-optimised milled cross-beams made from steel replace the existing infilling from wood.
Both together increase the stability of the Carthago cabin and reduce the weight by about 10 kg at the same time.
Chassis technology of the premium class, top equipment
The chassis technology with a full aluminium sandwich with hail-proof GRP roof and rotting resistant GRP underside remains the same. All models are equipped with a fully fledged level double floor with air-conditioning storage and based on an AL-KO low frame.
The vehicle is based on the Fiat Ducato and ranges in length from 685cm and 835cm in length, with single beds or queen size beds. Prices start from around EUR85,000.
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