Liberty Coach, a manufacturer of Prevost motorcoach conversions, unveiled its 2016 cockpit redesign last Friday (May 1) in a special presentation on their website. To view a video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page to VIDEO No. 1.
“It was the culmination of a process that began two years ago and represents one of the most ambitious design projects in the company’s history,” said Frank Konigseder Jr., Liberty Coach vice president and managing partner, in a press release. The effort was spearheaded by Konigseder, his brother and fellow managing partner Kurt Konigseder, and Kurt’s wife Kim Konigsder, Liberty’s longtime interior design director.
“We set out to reinvent the experience of piloting a Prevost,” Frank Konigseder said, “by totally reimagining the cockpit and everything in it.”
The redesign features a new ergodynamic dashboard configuration, sporting sleek, elegant lines and an ergonomic design and placement of all the controls. The key component is the dash-mounted iPad, which is secured by Liberty’s exclusive STRUT Launchport docking system and provides fingertip control of virtually everything in the coach.
“Centralizing control in the iPad allowed us to greatly simplify the console,” Frank Konigseder pointed out. “We were able to eliminate two different in-dash monitors – one for the Rand McNally navigation system, the other for the AM/FM/Sirius radio system – and shift control of those applications to the iPad. The result is a simpler, sleeker dash layout as well as much more user-friendly control.”
The dash is complemented by Kim Konigseder’s signature interior design of the entire cockpit area offering premium grade appointments that include all-leather upholstery with custom “baseball” stitching, as well as a new LED ambient lighting system with a choice of five different hues.
In the days leading up to last Friday’s announcement, Konigseder took the first production coach equipped with the new cockpit for a quick cross country trip from the company’s North Chicago headquarters to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. And its “official” debut is tentatively scheduled for the Prevost Prouds’ Spring Rally in Nashville during the week of May 12-17.
The website’s events page offers updates about when and where Liberty Coach’s Class of 2016 will be appearing next.