This luxury French brand returns to the Mercedes-Benz chassis
A return to Mercedes
HERITAGE is the new range from Le Voyageur, its name chosen to reflect the fact that this luxury A-class is built on a Mercedes chassis, just like the first vehicles from this maker more than 40 years ago.
Rather than expanding the line-up, however, Le Voyageur has reduced its portfolio for 2022, dropping the Iveco-based Signature and flagship Liner vehicles. The Fiat Al- Ko- based Classic models continue below the new Heritage range from this uniquely A-class manufacturer. Classic models will also, again, be offered with a pack of extensive additional equipment, similar to last season’s 40th anniversary models.
BACK TO FRONT
While a return of the combination of the German three-pointed star and a French Le Voyageur motorhome looks back to the Gallic brand’s history, the new Heritage range is based on the latest frontwheel drive Sprinter with an Al-Ko chassis (not rear-wheel drive as in the past).
The Heritage comes in two lengths – 7.83m with a 4,500kg gross weight or 8.50m and a 5,500kg chassis. The shorter vehicles are the LVXH 7.9 CF (island bed) and the LVXH 7.9 GJF (with single beds), while the same choice of bedroom arrangements is available in the top-of-the-range LVXH 8.5 motorhomes.
Externally, the new Heritage models have a slightly curved roof and a boldly dominant grille that has a large central star. Of course, at this level of the market, a double floor is de rigeur and the newcomer’s is 26cm deep.
In the cab, Mercedes’ MBUX dashboard display is, of course, included but a novelty is the standard Drone View system that gives 360-degree vision for manoeuvring, as if a drone were flying overhead. This is achieved via highdefinition 180-degree cameras on both sides of the vehicle, as well as the front and back. The system also includes a dash cam and records images on a 4GB memory card.