Marathon Coach is the first industry manufacturer to feature Prevost’s new X3 chassis. Debuting at the Prevost Motorhome Expo in West Palm Beach, Fla., Marathon Show Coach #1317 features increased structure rigidity and safety, offers a more spacious feel of the coach interior with updated side windows and offers an 8% to 10% boost in fuel efficiency.
“I love the new front end,” said Marathon Engineering Manager Jay Graham in a press release. “It is a great update to the X chassis and makes the coach look more current and contemporary.”
Although the body is now more aerodynamically advanced, crucial features such as low overall exterior measurements and increased interior height remain intact and top in the industry.
“The additional 2 1/2 inches of interior height combined with the less rounded upper corners of the previous model allowed us to raise the ceiling another half an inch. So, compared to previous X3s, the finished ceiling is three inches higher, including the rainfall shower,” said Graham.
Opening up the salon and galley areas enhanced the contemporary, open feel, also allowing wider window views. A mid-ship art door hides the guest half bath, extending the look of the salon and galley while enhancing the decor. The redesigned rear closet area provides more storage and hanging space, while also featuring a table top for folding laundry or organizing belongings. The wardrobe’s three-panel exposed pocket door glides open to the standard 24 inches, but can also hinge to increase the opening to 36 inches, making laundry and stored items easily accessible.
Body adjustments include modernized front and rear designs, improved roof shape, aerodynamic side windows with an increased view framework, tilted windshield and new flush windshield gaskets — all resulting in enhanced airflow, which decreases highway fuel usage as much as 10%. With the use of more stainless steel components, increasing rigidity, along with new front and rear roll bars, the Prevost X3-45 chassis also safer than previous chassis. Headlamp maintenance is also less complicated because the headlamps are easily accessible, no longer integrated into the bumper.
Additional adjustments include side windows, providing an enhanced view and the window release mechanism also improves the ease of emergency escapes. With narrower posts and the windshield now slanted inward and the driver’s front and side views are also improved, reducing blind spots. Other features include a refined cockpit area and new scissor-type sunshade and new gutter system (catching dirty water cast aside from the driver-side windshield wiper).
Built on the bath-and-a-half floorplan with rear walk-in wardrobe, Marathon Show Coach #1317 features a 360-degree camera system, slideroom roof camera system, fireplace in the salon end table, multiple 55-inch televisions, rainfall shower, standard king bed and Marathon’s patented TechLink and Freedom Plus systems.
“It’s always exciting to see the continued evolution of the X platform from Prevost combined with our design prowess to make the world’s greatest, and most innovative, bus conversion,” said Marathon Chief Operating Officer Steve Irvin.