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EARTHCRUISER G-PRO ESCAPE AND TOYOTA-BASED EXTREME
Smaller, more nimble Earthcruiser models with the expected features.

In the second half of 2018, Earthcruiser added the Mercedes-Benz G-Pro to its motorhome vehicle range. The 2020 version is being built on the LandCruiser 79 Series cab/chassis.

The Earthcruiser Mercedes-Benz G-Pro Escape had a 4.5t Gross Vehicle Mass rating and therefore could be driven by the holder of any standard passenger car driver’s licence.

The Earthcruiser Mercedes-Benz G-Pro Escape allowed owners to explore without the constraints of normal all-terrain vehicles. Standard equipment included an automatic transmission, front and rear differential locks and all-coil-spring suspension.

Should the unforeseen occur and traction was lost, Earthcruiser  fitted 13.500lb power winches front and rear.

A three-litre V6 Mercedes-Benz diesel V6 engine squeezed under the G-Pro’s stubby bonnet delivered maximum power of 135kW, with peak torque rated at 400Nm.

Earthcruiser fitted uprated shock absorbers, an onboard air compressor and 250-litre tanks for both fuel and water.

The latest lithium battery technology powered the electrical system and is recharged through solar panels when stationary, or via the 120-amp vehicle alternator when on the move.

A rear mounted, independent
air conditioning unit kept the luxury accommodation cool, while the G-Pro cabin had its own integral air conditioning unit on the move.

Home comforts included an upright 122-litre capacity fridge/freezer; internal shower and toilet, plus a supplementary external shower module. A standard double bed was complemented by a sky bed option that slept three.

Catering was made easy and safe, by the fitment of a diesel-fuelled cooker.

In addition to the standard inclusion of telematics with satellite tracking and monitoring, vision from five externally mounted cameras provided 45 days recording in real time, with global systems control via an IPAD touch screen.

Communications options included an 80-channel UHF radio, with a DVR/GPS/4G solid state cellular hot spot via a 6-dB(A) gain antenna.

Charting your progress was also made easy, with the onboard navigation system pre-loaded with Hema mapping, Bluetooth and iPhone connectivity.

World travellers should note that the compact external overall dimensions enabled you to slot your adventure traveller into a standard ISO container for shipment.

We inspected the Escape model
several times during its development at Earthcruiser’s Wollongong (NSW) factory and were most impressed with the behind-the-facade work that was necessary to convert what is a military vehicle into a recreational one.

For example, the cab rear wall was replaced by one that allowed more seat travel, in addition to a walk-through doorway.

The Earthcruiser range is available in a variety of formats and sizes to suit specific requirements, together with a choice of host cab/chassis from manufacturers that include Mercedes-Benz, Iveco and Fuso.

2020 development

The replacement for the G-Pro Earthcruiser, based on the Toyota LandCruiser 79 Series, seen part-built in Wollongong in May 2020.

Earthcruiser’s 2020 Extreme version is being built on the more popular and lower-priced LandCruiser cab/chassis, with several chassis and suspension modifications to increase its GVM, including a JmacX rear axle rated at 2700kg capacity.

We’ll have more information and early impressions of this vehicle in July 2020.

 

 

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