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Morelo Empire Liner caters to nomads with expensive taste

Based on a Mercedes Atego, the vehicle comes in a variety of model options - ranging from 8.99 m (29.5 ft) to 11.29 m (37 ft) in length
Based on a Mercedes Atego, the vehicle comes in a variety of model options - ranging from 8.99 m (29.5 ft) to 11.29 m (37 ft) in length
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Morelo says the Empire Liner is like the Lamborghini of motor homes
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Morelo says the Empire Liner is like the Lamborghini of motor homes
The bed isn't your average fold-out camping mattress
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The bed isn't your average fold-out camping mattress
The kitchen bench has been fitted out with solid benchtops
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The kitchen bench has been fitted out with solid benchtops
Based on a Mercedes Atego, the vehicle comes in a variety of model options - ranging from 8.99 m (29.5 ft) to 11.29 m (37 ft) in length
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Based on a Mercedes Atego, the vehicle comes in a variety of model options - ranging from 8.99 m (29.5 ft) to 11.29 m (37 ft) in length
Morelo says, thanks to the engine's prodigious torque, its motorhome can haul up to 3.5 tonnes
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Morelo says, thanks to the engine's prodigious torque, its motorhome can haul up to 3.5 tonnes
The Morelo is built on a Mercedes bus base
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The Morelo is built on a Mercedes bus base
A garage for a scooter or Smart car can be fitted as an option
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A garage for a scooter or Smart car can be fitted as an option
The cabin isn't quite on expensive apartment levels, but it's much more luxurious than the average camper
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The cabin isn't quite on expensive apartment levels, but it's much more luxurious than the average camper
The cabin can be customized to meet the owner's specifications
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The cabin can be customized to meet the owner's specifications

Packing up and setting off on a cross-country road trip can mean having to leave luxury living behind. After all, it's hard to slot a marble bench and opulent bathtub into the tiny capsules many camper enthusiasts inhabit every summer. According to Morelo, the best way to meld luxury with portability is with the Empire Liner, a seriously expensive motorhome with all the trappings of a posh apartment inside.

Power for the Empire Liner comes from a 7.7-liter inline-six making 220 kW (299 hp), and a massive 1,200 Nm (885 lb.ft) of torque. Morelo says, thanks to the engine's prodigious torque, its motorhome can haul up to 3.5 tonnes (3.85 tons) along with its own considerable heft.

The vehicle comes in a variety of model options, ranging from 8.99 m (29.5 ft) to 11.29 m (37 ft) in length, and all are dressed up to the absolute nines inside. There's a full-length panoramic sunroof for stargazers, and the bathroom and kitchen are fitted out to with full-sized, quality appliances rather than small portable ones. There's even under-floor heating, so those weekend jaunts to the slopes can stay comfortably toasty.

A garage for a scooter or Smart car can be fitted as an option
A garage for a scooter or Smart car can be fitted as an option

Not only is the interior sumptuous, plenty of time has been spent on getting the exterior right. Rather than looking like a regular, suburban bus dressed up for long haul living, the windows and windscreen have been designed to create a sleek profile. There's no hiding its size, but it definitely looks slicker than the Knaus Sun I, even if it's not quite on the same level as the yacht-inspired Caravisio.

Nomads who want to roam freely when they arrive at their destination can spec an optional garage under the floor, with room for a scooter or a Smart car, and the interior fittings can be tweaked to include such things as an expensive rain shower.

Pricing for the Empire Liner kicks off at £350,000 (about US$433,000), but the company says there is no limit to the specification options available.

Source: Morelo, via ResponseSource

2 comments
VincentWolf
If it's not electric like the newer buses then it's not expensive enough. All RV's should be mandated by law to be electric only to stop the gross pollution. So should all Semi trucks.
ArthurDavis
Vincent Wolf, you are correct, on each of your points . The long held love affair, between combustible engines, cars, trucks, automobiles, and those manufacturers, who have catered to customers demands, for more than a century, must now retool towards a future which supports alternative energy sources.