New in Birmingham! [06.10.2017]
Sven Hedin - Premiere in the UK!
With the Sven Hedin, Westfalia will present its first fit-out of the new VW Crafter to a wider audience at the NEC in Birmingham. This latest model from Wiedenbrück impresses with numerous innovations, some of which are so unique in their construction that patent applications have been made. Not the least reason why the "inventors of the motorhome" praise the new Sven Hedin for its many innovations.
This in spite of the fact that the name Sven Hedin is familiar in the industry. Because back in the 1970s, Westfalia already converted box wagon under this name – at that time on the basis of the VW LT28. In line with Westfalia's policy of offering all customers in the different segments of box wagon fitouts a suitable product, this model in the Westfalia product family takes its place right at the top of the range. The reason for this also lies in the new Volkswagen base vehicle, the VW Crafter. Numerous assistance systems which were hitherto unknown in the world of panel vans have been included in this new premium product, or are available as options. The eight-step automatic gearbox and the innovative and ergonomically optimised cockpit are other reasons why this base vehicle is so unique.
But Westfalia would not be Westfalia if the companyhad not thought about how to further improve the fit-out of this box wagon model. Owing to therather narrower body of the vehicle, an innovative and yet practical camper-like layout is required, without attaching lateral additions to the motorhomein the rear area. This would seriously reduce the aerodynamic properties and visually detract fromthe contours of the vehicle. That was not an option for Westfalia's developers. How, then, can you fit in a rear cross-bed and still achieve a length of two metres? The answer: a pop-out. When needed, an insulated GRP component is moved outwards, which makes it possible to achieve a bed of approx. two metres in length. When the bed is no longer needed, the pop-out element is retracted and you see no difference on the outside of the vehicle. Innovative – and, as already mentioned, a patent has been applied for. But this innovation is not the only one that makes the Sven Hedin unique. The Westfalia developers have completely redesigned all elements of the living and kitchen areas. In that process they discovered that the depth of the kitchen unit owes its installation depth to the compressor refrigerator. If this was not fitted at right angles but in parallel, the kitchen unit could be narrower, thereby creating a significant increase in the sense of space. And since such a refrigerator was not available in the market, they got together with a large European accessory manufacturer and developed it.
The result: a 70 litre cooling volume and an unmatched space impression in the living room. With respect to heating, Westfalia has opted for a diesel-powered hot water heating system. This not only makes the motorhome more suitable for winter use, but also makes it unnecessary to carry an additional fuel. In the Sven Hedin, gas is only needed for cooking; a 2.5 kg bottle is sufficient for this purpose. Additional notable features for a box wagon are the water and wastewater tanks; with 100 litres and 84 litres respectively, users can take a good shower in the enclosed bathroom of the Sven Hedin without immediately running dry in the true meaning of the word. The truly practical sense of the Westfalia developers is revealed when one looks at the rear storage compartment of the Sven Hedin. Beneath the rear double bed described above it is even possible to store a mountain bike after just taking off the front wheel. Size and flexibility are the trump cards of the Sven Hedin, and that also applies to the storage space which, obviously, has an option for loading long items from the rear. From surfboards in summer to skis in winter – everything is well stored away.
The Sven Hedin celebrates its UK-premiere at the NEC in Birmingham from 17 October to 22 October 2017, in Hall 12, Stand 150.