SsangYong Turismo Tourist camper unveiled

Stealth camping enthusiasts are going to like the new Tourist camper van because, apart from a slightly raised roof line and darkened windows, it looks like a regular SsangYong Turismo.

This South Korean people-carrier is certainly an unlikely starting point for a camper, but the unusual result is nevertheless intriguing. Wisely, the conversion work has been outsourced to Wellhouse Leisure, a Yorkshire-based firm that specialises in modifying compact vehicles.

SsangYong Turismo Tourist (2017) Front SideSsangYong Turismo Tourist (2017) Rear Side

Inside, four travel seats are retained which fold down to form two single beds. Additional living space is created by the colour-matched elevating roof, plus there's an awning for the tailgate.

At the rear, two plywood furniture units accommodate a 25 litre compressor fridge, a sink, fresh- and waste-water containers, a gas locker and a portable toilet. Furthermore, a glass-topped dual-burner gas hob is mounted on a clever sliding mechanism, so cooking can be done either indoors or outside.

Options include a couple of extra berths, mains hook-up, a solar panel and an Ebersp├Ącher heater.

Power is provided by a 2.2 litre, four-cylinder, Euro 6-compliant diesel engine that produces 175 bhp (130 kW / 178 PS) with 400 Nm (295 lb/ft) of peak torque. As well as a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmissions, customers will be able to specify either rear- or selectable four-wheel drive.

The SsangYong Turismo Tourist camper is being displayed at this month's Motorhome and Caravan Show in Birmingham. Prices start at £29,995.

SsangYong Turismo Tourist (2017) Interior 1SsangYong Turismo Tourist (2017) Interior 2

SsangYong Turismo Tourist (2017) Interior 3SsangYong Turismo Tourist (2017) Interior 4

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