What does the future of camper vans look like? A German firm has unveiled a sleek concept vehicle that imagines van life in the year 2025.
Hymer’s VisionVenture, which recently made its debut at a camping trade show held in Düsseldorf, Germany, is the result of a collaboration with engineering company BASF and features a design inspired by a luxury apartment.
The VisionVenture concept is based on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter — it retains the original doors, headlamps, and grille while the windshield has been moved forward and the A-pillar, engine hood and canopy have been redesigned.
But while the compact quality of the Sprinter remains intact, the main “floor” of the van has been designed for spacious, comfortable living. The living area sits under a panoramic window that offers amazing views, and the rear opens to a sun-lit terrace that comes complete with a pull-out BBQ station.
The kitchen is built into an LED-lit staircase that also functions as additional storage space. The stairs lead to the “second-floor bedroom,” which features an inflatable sleeping roof with an insulated, honeycomb exterior wall that can be inflated with heated or cooled air in just one minute.
The bathroom is similarly sleek, compact, and functional: the side wall folds up, allowing the sink to be folded away to the side, and revealing a spacious shower cabin.
The VisionVenture is like the Scandinavian apartment of your dreams — if you want your Scandinavian apartment to be off the grid and to embrace the outdoors, that is.
For off-road applications, Hymer’s concept car is equipped with four-wheel drive. The wheel arch fairing and selected body parts are 3D-printed, and BASF’s temperature-regulating and energy-efficient Chromacool technology reduces vehicle surface heating by 20 degrees Celsius and interior temperatures by up to 4 degrees C.