This low-profile semi-integrated model took our fancy – why wouldn’t it with its U-shaped rear lounge, a front dinette, two drop-down ceiling electric beds and a bathroom with separate shower even.

The electric ceiling rear bed, with ladder

Surprisingly spacious throughout – a good kitchen with lots of storage options, a dinette area with two front-facing seats with belts for guests, adjustable table and swivel cab seating.

Rear booth locker accesible from both sides, 2200mm long x 800m x 560mm. Reversing camera and bumper protect the rear and edges of the vehicle

The bathroom is especially nice, with features that rival some larger motorhomes on the market. The sliding door to the bathroom is a favourite designer style of mine, such a smart use of the space rather than opening a door out into the walkway area.

Lots to love about the tonings here, high gloss white with warm wood tonings and trim. Round stainless sink and quality fawcet

The two ceiling, drop-down electric beds take up to 250kg weight. These really do offer the owner so many variations of use, and it is good to see RV importers here looking to these styles of floor plan. Kiwis really do like a good rear lounge, but also a separate bedroom area – we want it all of course.

The bathroom door shut, view from rear lounge. Door on the left is a cupboard with multiple shelves in it

This is the first Citroën Jumper chassis base we have seen. With a 119kW turbo diesel engine it has plenty of grunt I am sure, though we did not drive it. This last year or so has seen the brands underpinning the imported models changing. This is a sign of the growth of the RV industry worldwide.

The front electric bed, you can access this easily on the seating or via a ladder, the front cab area remains clear, making it easy to make this bed

Check out this model at RnRV in Silverdale, or their website W: RnRV.co.nz to see further information and models on the Carthago Chic-C Line, the Malibu campervan or this Illusion model.

Rear lounge, comfortable, stylish, storage hatches behind the seating as well as overhead lockers. Pelmets and curtains on the side window, but the windows are fitted with fly screens and privacy blinds

RnRV carry a range of new imported models as well as selling on behalf, and some second-hand caravans and motorhomes are available at times. See Paul and Rochelle Cook and the team to see if they can help you to live the RV Lifestyle.

Tech Spec

Illusion 650 XMK 4-berth $144,990

Chassis
Citroën Jumper, 160hp, turbo diesel, 6-speed (avail manual or auto)

Dimensions (mm)
Length 6600, width 2350, height 2750
Garage 2200x800x560
GVM 3500kg Tare 3206kg, Payload approx. 294kg

Certified Freedom Camping
Solar 280W with controller and monitors, 2 x leisure batteries, Heating Truma Combi 6 – 6000W gas/electric
Dometic 2-way auto fridge with internal freezer box
Water 100L fresh and grey, Dometic swivel top toilet, separate shower, 2 x electric double drop-down ceiling beds