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The much-anticipated debut of the all-aluminum 2006 Airstream G-series Class A motorhome – a gas-powered coach that essentially steps into the former market niche of the Airstream Classic A-body – is currently slated for this winter’s Louisville Show.
A modern incarnation of the radius-bodied Classic that Airstream built from 1982 to 1996, the G-series reportedly will be built on either a Workhorse W22 or W24 chassis and initially will be available in two 37- and 39-foot triple slideout floorplans in the $160,000 retail range.
Construction will feature a “superplastic-formed” process through which exterior aluminum panels are heated to more than 900 degrees and then formed with high-pressure air. The process, according to Airstream, gives the G-series a much greater level of detail and durability.
Airstream enlisted BMW Group DesignworksUSA, Newbury Park, Calif., to design the exterior, which will resurrect the original Classic’s curved body. Interior designer Christopher C. Deem, whose done a lot of work on Airstream towables in recent years, is detailing the interiors, which reportedly will feature contemporary styling, clean lines and innovative space use. Deem, among other things, designed the interior of the Airstream International CCD travel trailer, which has become one of Airstream’s top-selling lines since its 2001 intro.
Also released at the Thor Industries Inc. subsidiary’s Annual Meeting and New Model Introduction June 15-17 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas was an additional Dodge Sprinter-based Class B motorhome called the Parkway, a more affordable B-van than the Sprinter-mounted Interstate and Westfalia lines. The 22-foot Parkway comes in three floorplans on the 8,550-pound GVWR Sprinter chassis, powered by a high-mileage 5-cylinder, 154-hp turbocharged Mercedes-Benz diesel engine. Sporting a fully loaded MSRP of $79,900, about $10,000 less than the Interstate, the Parkway features smaller running boards, composite cabinetry, fewer windows and less-expensive fabrics.