Motorhomes – Lunar Landstar
The Landstar range combines the automotive performance of the Mercedes Benz Sprinter with the award-winning expertise of Lunar.
Promising a high specification, 1.9m (6ft 3in) long settees/single beds and a separate shower washroom, Lunar’s new Landstar will stand out from the high-top hordes, especially as it’s based on the latest Euro VI Mercedes Sprinter. At 6.95m (22ft 10in) long it’s significantly bigger than its Fiat/Peugeot-based opposition (the XLWB Ducato/Boxer is 6.36m – 21ft 9in), and at £51,490 it is priced to challenge its shorter rivals.
MMM was invited to see the new prototype ahead of its February NEC show debut. Beforehand, details were shrouded in mystery: “It’s a Mercedes van conversion,” was all Lunar and its PR company would tell us. Now we can tell you that it incorporates a classic rear lounge layout – other layouts will follow – within a long-wheelbase, high roof Sprinter. And, while that concept isn’t going to set the world alight, the execution has a polished and upmarket feel befitting a ’van wearing the famous threepointed star. Lunar’s Head of Design and Development, Darryl Mellor, explained: “We wanted a subtle, ergonomic build flowing from the cab into the habitation area.”
That cab not only has the hot-off-the-press new look of the latest Sprinters but a high standard spec, including Euro VI engines in 129 or 163bhp forms. As standard you get cruise control, Bluetooth and MP3 connectivity, remote central locking, driver and passenger airbags, height-adjustable cab seats, foglamps and daytime running lights, alloy wheels, silver metallic paint, part leather cab seats and traction control, as well as safetyenhancing ESP and Crosswind Assist. A seven-speed 7G Tronic automatic gearbox is a £2,200 option and the£1,695 Driver Pack adds Tempmatic cab air conditioning, Parktronic reversing sensors, heated and electrically adjustable door mirrors and an outside temperature gauge.
Missing from the inventory, I noted, were armrests and steering column adjustment. The cab is used on site, however, as both seats swivel (with limited rotation of the driver’s chair) and there’s a coffee table on a cranked leg. Remis cab blinds are fitted too, and, at MMM’s suggestion, a fitting will be provided so that the little table can be used in the rear lounge, where a larger island pole table is also available. We’re hoping that will be changed for a freestanding table.Otherwise, though the rear lounge impresses – especially for its spaciousness. It feels plush too, with its stain-resistant Aqua Clean suede-like fabric and high-gloss cabinets (like something out of a top-end continental A-class) above. The side windows are small – great for privacy, not so great for admiring the scenery around you – but there’s a Midi Heki rooflight above and the glass rear door windows (with heating elements) are deep. Artificial lighting is generous, with spotlamps in each corner of the lounge and dimmable mood lighting over the top lockers.
At night, the settees convert into lengthways single beds, or a vast double but, if the former is your preference, you’ll need to think about where to store the long backrest cushions. In the day you’ll not be short of space to stow your kit under the settees – the nearside one is completely free of clutter and can be accessed
from above, from the front or through the back doors. The offside settee hides the Combi 4 gas/mains boiler, the 92Ah leisure battery and the water pump but everything is neatly boxed in, leaving useful space above the ‘works’ of the conversion. Water tanks – 70-litre fresh and 35-litre waste – are underfloor and may seem a bit underendowed to those ‘trading down’ from a coachbuilt.
Whilst Lunar has chosen to launch a rear lounge layout first because of its popularity, the LWB Sprinter was picked over shorter derivatives to allow the design to incorporate a separate shower washroom. The small room also features a large wall mirror, towel ring and loo roll holder, swivel cassette toilet and a fixed washbasin but only very limited storage. The shower is a good size and has a hanging rail for wet clothes.Opposite the washroom, the kitchen narrows so that the centre aisle is always adequate in breadth. The galley also comes with generous worktop space, further enhanced by folding flaps at either end and a third flap open lifting out into the open doorway. The kitchen also features a three-burner hob, combined oven and grill, a square sink with high-quality mixer tap and contrasting cream locker doors. Plate racks are provided above, as is an 800W microwave,
while the 95-litre Dometic 8-Series fridge with removable freezer is across the gangway, sandwiched between the twin wardrobes (one tall and thin for a couple of dresses perhaps, the other more suitable for shirts). Lunar will be appointing a nationwide selection of dealers for the Landstar and European Whole Vehicle Type Approval is pending. It also meets the Grade Three standard for heating and insulation. The first examples will reach dealers in April.With its attractive design, spacious lounge and surprisingly competitive pricing, we’d expect demand to be strong, though buyers will have to weigh up the downside of the Landstar’s near-seven-metre length versus
the cachet of the Mercedes star and its extensive equipment