Mercedes redesigned the GLC-Class crossovers in 2016 and has made a few changes for the 2019 model year. We drove the GLC 350e plug-in hybrid Merc and found it to be a fun drive, thanks to efficiency not being its focus. It's enjoyable and luxurious, with a couple of quirks to keep it interesting.
Benchmark Vehicles has caught our eye in the past with bold, bright-orange branding and vicious-looking off-road adventure vans. So we decided to dig a little deeper into its portfolio and see what the Portland, Oregon shop has been up to of late. One van that pops out immediately is the black-and-white (with strategic bright orange) "Swiss Army Sprinter," an aggressive adventure rig that's nearly as versatile as its namesake thanks to floor rails, five-person seating, a pop-up roof and large cargo-cradling slides in back.
Hymer's Fiat Ducato-based Free camper van was one of the standouts of last year's Düsseldorf Caravan Salon, a youthful adventure van with flip-away rear bed, vibrant graphics and available sleeping space for two or three singles, a couple or a family of four. This year, Hymer brings that same level of fun and flexibility to a more feature-loaded vehicle, launching a Free floor plan inside a Mercedes Sprinter. The new Free S 600 launches as a comfortable, luxurious camper van ready for whatever action-packed excursion you have in mind.
Follow camping or travel at all and it's almost impossible to wander Instagram or YouTube without stumbling on them – the mid/late-20s, attractive #vanlife couple exploring the world in a garage-made conversion, often flashing a little man bun or some strategically positioned cleavage. Scarily enough, future generations of these instafamous nomads will be able to skip the build and get out road-tripping and exposing flesh and follicles that much more quickly. Set to move from concept to reality this year, Hymer's DuoCar S has been thoroughly optimized for adventurous twosomes, roaming the world with a spacious floor plan, convertible rear bathroom and smart off-grid power system.
BMW and Mercedes started working together on autonomous cars earlier this year, and now they have optimistic plans to deliver them. The automakers announced that they're developing Level 4 self-driving cars that can handle freeway driving chores with...
We've been watching the new third-generation Mercedes-Benz Sprinter morph into different camper vans in Germany, the UK and the US. Now Australia's Trakka, builder of small on- and off-road motorhomes, has given us our first look at a gen-3 Sprinter camper van from down under, and it's arguably the most impressive yet. The Jabiru camper van uses a full off-grid power suite and multifunctional, space-optimizing components to support highway and backway adventurers as they escape on quick holidays or extended off-grid expeditions.
With a full redesign for 2019, the iconic Mercedes-Benz G Wagen is now larger, roomier, and more comfortable on the road. Yet it retains its off-road credibility and all of its Hollywood cool factor. In this totally biased review of the G550, we'll go over the bumps and grinds with a coprophagous grin.
Extending a helping hand to the rootless and wanderlust-filled masses, Alabama startup Storyteller Overland launches a rugged, ultra-versatile 4x4 camper van in Mercedes Sprinter and Ford Transit flavors. With flexible multi-use furniture, the Mode 4x4 van reconfigures on the fly to adjust to the changing needs of driver and campers, working something like a rolling, habitable multitool. With solar-backed lithium power and a suite of equipment for all seasons, the Mode 4x4 travels the world in complete comfort, on pavement and off.