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

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