Sporty compact Rio motorhome range expanded with two new models

Launched last season to offer coachbuilt luxury in the size of a panel van, the sporty Compact Rio came in two models with an ingenious lift up rear tailgate. Expanding the range this season are two new models with more traditional motorhome layouts and standard side entrance doors.

The 310 has a parallel front lounge with side kitchen and a rear washroom with a separate shower cubicle and the 325 has a travelling dinette with side washroom and kitchen plus a fixed rear transverse bed which is electronically operated so it can be raised to maximise the garage space beneath.

A new bike rack fixing rail on the rear allows the easy mounting of a bike rack on the 310 and 325 whilst all models have a new bike locking point on a chassis member for added security.

The 310 and 325 are 6m overall in length whilst the 320 and 340 still come in at 6.4m overall in length and all models are 2.26m in width (mirrors folded).

Further enhancements include an improvement to Swift’s award-winning SMART intelligent construction system, called SMART Plus for 2016, this includes a new sandwich floor construction with a GRP outer skin providing greater durability from the elements and hail resistant GRP roof.

Technical additions include a new DAB radio and 100W solar panel. There is also a new 12V socket and USB socket which are handy for the new dash mounted tablet holder.

All Swift motorhomes have new graphics for 2016 giving them a fresh family feel. With its tinted Seitz C8 windows like those found on the Bolero, LED running lights and front marker lights, 16” wheels, front and rear valances and side skirts they have a very sporty look.

Inside the furniture is in contemporary ‘Aralie Sen’ woodgrain with new gloss upper locker doors with smoked oak inlays. The ‘Loxley’ soft furnishings are carried forward and there is a new ‘SwiftShield’ fabric option which has a soft suede type feel and has been cleverly treated during manufacturing to resist stains. It simply cleans using water and a damp cloth.

Washroom fittings are updated and the handy chopping and draining board in the kitchen have been modified so they nestle neatly together for easy storage. Both areas remain well equipped and the Truma Combi 4 heating and Winter Pack, which includes fresh and waste water tank heaters, drain insulation and fridge vent, makes them suitable for all-year round use. They easily achieve Grade 3 performance for thermal insulation.

A digital control panel is fitted to control the heating and hot water. As an additional dealer fitted upgrade this can be controlled via a new Truma iNet box to allow remote control and monitoring of the Truma boiler heating system.

TV brackets, where fitted, have the addition of a travel lock.

All models are powered by the Fiat 2.3 litre, 130bhp Euro5+ turbo diesel engine with a 6-speed gearbox and weigh in at 3.5 Tonnes. Fiat’s Comfort-Matic automatic gearbox is available as an option with the standard 130bhp economical engine, which is a popular choice.

Other key options include a reversing camera, full length roll out awning and the specially priced Lux Pack, which adds air conditioning, cruise control and a Status 570 TV aerial.

All models come with a “TRACKER Retrieve” Thatcham approved tracking system (category 7) and the reassurance of Swift Group’s 10-year body integrity warranty. Many insurers insist on trackers, so it could save customers several hundred pounds.

Nick Page, Swift Group’s Commercial Director, commented, "The compact size with coachbuilt style has certainly appealed to our buyers with first year sales exceeding expectations. The lift up tail gate has been a real wow factor but it is clear that the size and finish is equally appealing, so the introduction of two new more traditional motorhome layouts will broaden its appeal."

Rio Model Ranges

Rio 310 Low-line, 130bhp 2 seater, 2 berth – front parallel lounge, side kitchen and rear transverse washroom with separate shower cubicle
Rio 320 Low-line, 130bhp 2 seater, 2 berth – side kitchen and washroom, rear parallel lounge
Rio 325 Low-line, 130bhp 4 seater, 2 berth - front travelling dinette, side kitchen and washroom, elevating rear fixed bed with garage storage beneath
Rio 340 Low-line, 130bhp 4 seater, 4 berth – front travelling dinette, side kitchen and washroom, rear parallel lounge with electronically operated drop down bed
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