Style takes to the road
FOURTEEN months of customer research has gone into the Jayco’s new flagship motorhome.
The Optimum is now the brand’s most innovative motorhome, with such luxuries as a push-button bed extender, two-tone leather furniture, optional washing machine and windows with built-in blinds.
The motorhome is based on a Fiat Ducato X250 at $159,500 plus on-road costs, or an Iveco Daily 65C at $172,750, which can tow three tonnes compared with the Fiat’s 1200kg. The Iveco also has greater carrying capacity and extra seating.
Both are powered by three-litre, four-cylinder turbo-diesel engines with 130kW of power and 400Nm of torque, married to sixspeed auto transmissions.
Jayco marketing director Andrew Ryan says the Optimum range is ‘‘ideal for travellers who demand premium quality and have an eye for style’’.
‘‘We think it packs a real punch in terms of comfort, looks and safety,’’ he says.
‘‘We have really raised the bar with this range.’’
He says Jayco used various research avenues to develop the new range, ‘‘mainly feedback from dealers, past customers, and also discussions and research gleaned from caravan, motorhome and camping shows’’.
Standard features include a barbecue, 120w solar panels, picnic table, outdoor entertainment system, extendable aluminium bed frame and satellite TV.
Jayco has also upgraded safety with a new rear-view mirror-mounted reversing screen and two rear cameras to help drivers negotiate tight campsites.
Double electric slide-outs increase the interior space and Jayco has a new range of interior layouts in highroof models.
The exterior of the Fiat gets a new fibreglass nose cone, and both models have updated side skirts, tail light assembly and new trunk doors.
There are also new graphics and automotivequality paintwork.
Jayco’s offers a 12-month warranty on the Optimum and roadside assist program free for three years.
The innovative new Jayco Optimum features luxuries such as a push-button bed extender and leather furniture