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Miami, Okla.-based Newell Coach Corp. has completed a dramatic redesign of its Newell 2000i luxury coach, built on the company’s own bridge-truss type chassis and billed as “the world’s most advanced motorhome.”
Newell unveiled the new model during FMCA’s 72nd International Convention, Aug. 16-19 in Redmond, Ore.
Molded reinforced fiber composite front and rear caps are at the heart of the redesign, giving the coach what company officials say is a “clean, contemporary appearance.”
The outside of the rear wall on the $950,000-$1,050,000 coach slopes inward at the bottom and incorporates an airfoil up top. Newell officials said the design helps keep the wall clean under dusty conditions and the backup monitor relatively dry and clear in the rain.
Additional changes to the body, which utilizes ball-bearing slideouts and aircraft-type construction techniques, include roof edge moldings that conceal awnings and visually streamline the roofline.
The ‘05 2000i is equipped with Newell’s exclusive independent-suspension tag axle with tag steering capability. Once the front wheels exceed a 15-degree turning angle, the tag axle countersteers to reduce the rig’s turning circle. Because of the steering tag axle, the 45-foot coach turning radius has been cut from 44 to 37 feet.
Standard powertrain features for this coach include a Detroit Diesel 60 series 500-hp engine with an Allison 4000MH 6-speed automatic transmission.
Also new for ‘05, according to Newell Vice President and General Sales Manager Sam Robinson, is an optional 600-hp Caterpillar with 1,850 foot/lbs. of torque mated to a 10-speed ZF transmission.