FIRST PICTURES: New 2012 Sprite from Swift Caravans - stronger, lighter and more affordable
The new 2012 Sprite Caravan range features a curved front section
Thursday, 15, Sep 2011 04:42
by Marcus Dubois
Few caravan manufacturers can lay claim to a heritage of over sixty years for a single model range. Yet Sprite Caravans stands alone in today's marketplace, having combined value for money with a light towing weight since its introduction in 1948.
Founder Sam Alper OBE wanted caravans to be easy to tow, using a simple and safe design that was accessible to all. And in the intervening years Sprite became the "Mini" of caravans; a brilliantly packaged and affordable vehicle that brought new families into the hobby in the 1950s.
To continue the tradition, parent company Swift Caravans has taken another step forward on the Sprite journey with the launch of an all-new seven model range.
Caravan Times is able to bring you the first pictures of the new 2012 Sprite, a fresh design which features an all-new aerodynamic body shell. The curved lines echo its bigger brothers in the Swift caravan stable, while the front of the vehicle is steeply raked and incorporates a large single windowpane for simplicity.
Luxury and utility
As with more expensive Swifts, the rear section is one-piece and carries feature road lights, while a semi-recessed awning channel and roof capping moulds are similar to the recent Swift Challenger Sport models.
The construction is such that all Sprites continue to offer Grade III classification for heating and thermal insulation, meaning that a user could theoretically use the Sprite all year round. While utility is still the watchword for Sprite, the designers have taken huge steps to improve both comfort and equipment. The kitchens feature the same "granite look" moulded sink seen in more expensive Swift Group caravans, while a 112-litre fridge and full oven with separate grill complete the offering.
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