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Jayco Inc. will introduce the Firenza, its first gas engine Class A motorhome brand, this summer.

The Firenza will be Jayco’s second Class A. The company unveiled, during its dealer advisory council meeting in Middlebury, Ind., this week, the prototype of its Avatar diesel engine Class A.

Production of the Avatar will begin on May 7 in a new factory north of Middlebury.

The company plans to have the first prototype of the Firenza finished in time for its national dealer meeting in Atlanta July 16-20. Production of the Firenza also will begin in mid-July, said Sid Johnson, marketing and sales director.

The Avatar prototype shown to dealer council members is a 38-footer on a Freightliner XC chassis. It comes with a standard 300-horsepower (hp) Caterpillar engine. A 330-hp Caterpillar is available as an option.

The Avatar also will be available on a Spartan Summit GTI chassis with a 300-hp Cummins engine.

Suggested retail prices for the Avatar will range from $155,000 for a base unit to $174,000 for a fully loaded model.

Meanwhile, the Firenza will come in 33- or 35-foot floorplans. It will be available on either the Workhorse W20 or the Ford F-Series Super Duty chassis.

The W20 chassis that will be used for the Firenza includes a General Motors Vortec 8100 340-hp engine and has a 20,700-pound gross vehicle weight rating (gvwr).

The Firenza also will be available on the 20,500-pound gvwr version of the Ford chassis, which includes a 310-hp Triton V10 engine.

Suggested retail prices for the Firenza have not been determined yet, said Bill Prinz, vice president of sales and marketing.