Toyota’s New Proace Lerina Camper Van Is Your Home Away From Home

Toyota is the latest automaker to launch a camper van.

Based on the Proace, and converted by Wellhouse Leisure, it’s called the Lerina, after the Lerins islands of the French Riviera. If it caught your attention, it has a starting price of £42,000 (the equivalent of US$59,015 at today’s exchange rates) in the United Kingdom.

Some of the features that Toyota says will make it a “comfortable all-year round camping” van include the pop-up roof, which can be fitted with an optional double bed, furniture, wardrobe, kitchen with sink and gas hob, fresh water tank, 25-liter fridge, and portable toilet.

In addition to the generous storing spaces, the new Toyota Proace Lerina has front seats that can be swiveled to face the rear. The rear seats, which can be turned into another double bed, can be slid forward to provide more loadspace as well, and as another option, the vehicle can be equipped with two extra seats.

There’s a 100W solar panel and leisure battery to provide it with power, along with a 2.2kW heater, and other options such as the side awning with LED lighting.

Standard equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, power folding side mirrors, color TFT multi-info display, sat-nav, DAB radio, cruise control, air conditioning, and others.

The campver van is powered by a 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine. The unit comes in two outputs: 120PS (118hp) with a six-speed manual gearbox, and 180PS (177hp) with an automatic transmission.

Customers can already order the Proace Lerina from nine Toyota dealers in England, Wales and Scotland, with more joining in.

 

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  • Autoexperte

    a great camper van, better than california, nugget or marco polo

    • Mr_Fanta_Pants

      Most likely not.

  • Todd Colomy

    About time someone gave VW some competition in this segment. Always thought VW was overpriced in New and Used for their camper vans.

  • Peter Vancouver

    Too bad they aren’t coming to North America. Apparently nobody camps here.

    • marioGTI

      Americans buy or rent RVs

  • Christian Wimmer

    I prefer the Citroen version of this thing – funkier and better-looking.

    But my true love in the van department is the current Mercedes V250d Bluetec. WANT. SO. BADLY.

  • Bash

    Wait a sec, can it actually be driven on wet grass?

  • Bash

    I don’t know man, with all those sand/grass bits and pieces stuck on the wheels I thought the grass is wet.

  • SteersUright

    Love the idea of any camper style vehicle, but does this need to be so ugly with its Corolla front end? I mean surely Toyota pays designers, then pays for the parts to be made, then for assembly, and they arrive at this?

  • Mr_Fanta_Pants

    Except this isn’t a Toyota. It’s a badge engineered PSA vehicle.

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