The Kon-Tiki is Swift's premium motorhome
Tuesday, 23, Jul 2013 03:26
Founded in 1965, Swift has quickly grown from humble origins to include popular brands such as Sprite, Sterling and Bessacarr.
Expansion into the sectors of static caravans and motorhomes has only strengthened the company and today it is recognised as one of the world's biggest-selling manufacturers of leisure homes of all types.
Innovations for 2017
Although, not quite so invasive as in 2016 there are still several tweaks and upgrades throughout the Swift fleet this year to peak our interests.
For the most part the innovations are largely cosmetic or introductions like the new Fiat Euro 6 engines, however, there is some real surgery to models such as the Autocruise, which has had a name change, and the Escape, which has seen an almost entirely new set of models added.
The iconic flagship in Swift's motorhome fleet, like several of its counterparts, goes forward to 2017 largely unchanged.
The five models from the previous year go into the next but with certain changes such as a new Fiat Euro 6 engine and 150bhp output as standard.
There are four Kon-Tiki four-berths making up the bulk of the range, including the 625 - front dinette/rear island bed - the 635 - front dinette/fixed twin single beds - the 669 - tag-axle, front dinette/rear island bed - and the 679 - tag-axle, front dinette/transverse rear bed.
Click on the link provided to read more.
Following major surgery last year, there are only a few changes to the Swift Bolero, with 2016's debutant, the two-berth 612EK, getting the chop.
Four Boleros make the cut this year, all of which get the Euro 6 engine and the new Ritz soft furnishings scheme inside.
The optional Vogue pack is retained, which would add air con, cruise control, a twin-view reversing camera and TV aerial.
All models are four-berths, containing four travel seats or a lounge option, with their chassis heavier than 3500kg.
To read more click on the link to the Bolero model.
There are limited changes this year to the Bessacarr range as the same eight models roll over again but with tweaks and upgrades here and there.
The Fiat Ducato's new Euro 6 engines lead the changes, supported by a full glass reinforced polyester roof.
Interiors get what Swift calls "Moonlight" soft furnishings and Dometic CU600 ovens for improved efficiency, but a standout addition is the arrival of Alde wet central heating.
For more information click on the links to each individual model.
The most wide-ranging revamp in the Swift line-up is reserved for its biggest seller, the Escape, which has seen six new models added to the fleet.
All eight Escapes are low line-profiles and have been given a new glass reinforced polyester overcab pod design.
Each model is constructed on a Fiat Ducato Chassis, with a Euro 6 130 bhp engine coming as standard.
Last season's two-berth 622 and four-berth 664 are carried forward but joining them are four four-berths - the front lounge/end washroom 614, end lounge/front dinette 674, front lounge/rear twin single beds 684 and front lounge/island bed 694.
Read more by clicking on the individual links to each model.
It is all change for 2017 in the Swift Autocruise Select range, with the four models from last year carried through to the current season.
The four models have new names, a new basic standard spec and have a starting price of £36,490 OTR.
The idea is that buyers can start from scratch and build their own bespoke Autocruise motorhome from option packs covering base vehicle and living area upgrades.
This new Select line-up is based on the Fiat Ducato with the latest 2.3-litre, 115bhp Euro 6 engines.
To learn more about Autocruise Select models for this year click on the link provided.
In terms of models, the Swift Rio is unchanged for next season's line-up and sees only minor detail improvements.
Just as last year there are three two-berths; the 310, which has a front dinette/end washroom, the 320 with its rear lounge and the front dinette/elevating rear transverse bed and the 325.
The one four-berth model is the 340, which has a front dinette and a rear lounge.
All models were built on the Fiat Ducato with 130bhp Euro 6 engines, on 3500kg chassis.
To get all the information click on the model link.
Innovations for 2016
Swift's motorhome offering just keeps on building year-on-year and 2016 is no different.
For the 2016 season, Swift have a number of exciting motorhome options available, including the Swift Rio, which launched in time for the 2015 season to much critical acclaim.
2016 also sees the introduction of Swift's enhanced SMART Plus construction system, featuring a new sandwich floor construction with a GRP outer skin providing greater durability from the elements, hail resistant roof and much more.
Launched in 2015 to much critical acclaim, the Swift Rio is a sporty, compact motorhome, ideal for first timers or those looking for something more smaller than a majority of other motorhomes on the market today.
Filling the gap in the market between larger motorhomes and van conversions, the Rio is a mere 2.6m wide and under six metres in length, the Rio is designed to provide a more compact alternative than the bigger and bulkier motorhomes on the market today, whilst encompassing everything we've come to expect form Swift, including quality build and design both inside and out.
For 2016, four Rio layouts are available, namely the two-berth Rio 310, Rio 320 and Rio 325, as well as four-berth Rio 340.
The enhanced Swift Bolero is currently available in five layouts for 2016 and, with plenty of options to choose form within the range, including two and four-berth options, this is a very family-friendly choice for motorhome connoisseurs.
These models boast premium features as you would come to expect from Swift, as well as leading edge design elements in order to enhance your motorhoming experience.
Both 130bhp and 150bhp engines are available with Fiat's Comfort-Matic automatic gearbox for the ultimate in driving comfort and performance.
The specially priced Vogue pack adds upgrades that include cab air-conditioning, cruise control, a twin-view reversing camera and Status 570 TV aerial.
Synonymous with impressive style and high standards, the Kon-Tiki provides for a combination of comfort, practicality and design innovation.
Soft furnishings and interior finishes are more opulent for the new season and its 'Black Edition' status gives the ultimate in specification as standard.
Carefully designed and cleverly detailed the spacious interiors provide the maximum in comfort and practicality.
To create the perfect ambience at night the interior can be lit with overlocker lighting, dimmable spots and the feature lit kitchen splashback which all use energy efficient LEDs.
For luxury at bedtime, all fixed beds are fitted with the exclusive Duvalay Duvalite mattress, containing lightweight yet sumptuously comfortable memory fibre technology.
Fully equipped, the Kon-tiki is the pinnacle of the Swift range of motorhomes and comes with an impressive specification, including a 120W solar panel, exterior shower and BBQ point for alfresco living.
As one of the best-selling ranges in the Swift Group collection, the Escape motorhome range is a very popular choice, available in both hi-line and low-line versions.
Available in a choice of two low-line and four high-line models, all powered by a 130bhp Euro 5+ turbo diesel with a 6-speed gearbox and an automatic option, the Escape is ideal for young or 'three-generation' families. Three models have four belted travelling seats and two layouts can have six, ideal for children and grandchildren.
The modestly priced Comfort Pack, inclusive of a Winter Pack, is full of great features and benefits, giving you the option to increase the specification of your new Escape even further.
Bessacarr is renowned for classic styling and luxury specification and 2016 is no different. 'Aralie Sen' woodgrain with smoked oak inserts to the gloss upper locker doors combined with rich dark brown and cream soft furnishings gives a 'boutique hotel' feel to the interior.
Exclusive to Swift and designed to give you the ultimate night's sleep, an exclusive Duvalay Duvalite mattress, with lightweight memory fibre technology comes fitted in all fixed bed models.
The cab comes with captain style seats and a DAB radio with bluetooth phone connection, handy storage area and USB charging port.
The cherished Bessacarr brand is a true all season motorhome. You'll be comfortable all year round thanks to the powerful Truma Combi boiler, easily controlled by a new digital panel, and Winter Pack fitted as standard.
Ideal for a number of different options, including everyday use, sport, relaxing holidays or business, the Autocruise van conversion range is incredibly versatile.
Each of the four layouts available for 2016 offers all the comforts of larger coachbuilt models in a more manageable size with real car like performance.
The enduring popularity of the Autocruise Panel Van range is proof of its ability to out match its rivals in specification, features and looks and continually offer layouts that are in demand and style.
'Aralie Sen' woodgrain with an ashen brown hue adorns the furniture and upper locker doors, which sport a gloss finish and house 'Smoked Oak' lower inlays.
'Edison' soft furnishings with a monochrome timeless class and chrome sockets, switches and push button locker catches give the interior a contemporary feel. Ergonomic travellers seats complement the captains style cab seats ensuring driver and passengers alike reach their destination in the utmost comfort.