It was the visual contrast of the white, smooth fiberglass and the military-green of the cab that first attracted me to the German-designed Quantis Marq.
But it’s the highly efficient use of interior space that makes this camper concept most intriguing.
An interesting blend of function and fashion, the prototype design features a clean, modern shell atop a rugged, military-style Land Rover Defender 130 chassis. It also features an efficient, versatile interior. This vehicle is ready to ride anywhere and everywhere and look pretty darn cool doing it.
The Marq concept represents a new area of exploration for German industrial design firm Quantis GmbH.
The company is experimenting with a scalable removable camper module that occupies the space between full-scale series production and specially built custom camper. They plan to offer a number of styles and sizes for a range of vehicles, including Land Rover Defender 130 and 110, Mercedes Sprinter, Mercedes G-Class, and Volkswagen Transporter chassis platforms.
The Marq is a relatively compact 4×4 chassis-top camper that at first appears to be little more than a bed or two, dinette set, and possibly a kitchen. Instead, it offers a stepped construction with two single beds, one double bed, an indoor kitchen, and even a bathroom.
The design manages to sleep four in a unique layout that includes a double bed in the above-cab alcove, a single fold-out bed against the rear wall, and a single fold-out bed on the driver-side wall.
The sleeping arrangement is layered so that the driver-side-wall sleeper is above the rear-wall sleeper and the two double-bed sleepers are on the highest level. That gives each bed clear access to the chemical toilet-equipped bathroom and exit without tripping on your fellow campers during an early morning nature call.
On the wall opposite the compact washroom, the Marq has a kitchen area with stainless steel sink, double-burner stove, compressor fridge, and storage. With the addition of a cushion, the kitchen block doubles as the support for the driver-side-wall bed. The combination of tall transparent door and large picture rear window provide generous views outside.
The layout of the equipment keeps weight balanced over the rear axle for better drive performance.
The empty unit’s natural center is well back of the axle, but by putting the kitchen, bathroom and above-cab alcove up front, Quantis is able to push weight forward for better vehicle performance.
Also up front within a storage compartment are the gas tank, Truma 2000 air heater, battery and electrical components, and storage space with four folding chairs.
The rear of the interior is much lighter and simpler, holding only bench seating and under-seat storage.
Quantis debuted the Marq 1.1 concept at the Abenteuer und Allrad (Adventure and All-Wheel) show.
Quantis says that it has tested the off-road integrity of the Marq design in Iceland.
Prices range between €20,000 (approximately S$22,700) for an empty camper cabin and €40,000 (approximately $45,400) for a fully equipped module.
Quantis has also rendered different shapes and sizes of Marq camper models and says that the interior design is very flexible, so it may offer a variety of different designs in the future.
In the end, you have a camper for four—when the expandable top is raised—planted directly on a capable go-anywhere 4×4, a recipe for a good weekend or extended overland travel.
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