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Winnebago Industries Inc. introduced two new motorhomes during the 44th Annual National RV Trade Show that concluded last week at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky.: a prototype of the 2008 Winnebago Destination/Itasca Latitude (shown here) that will be available in gas- or diesel-pusher floorplans next spring, and the 2007 gas-powered entry-level Winnebago Vista/Itasca Sunstar Class A.
Available in two 37- and 39-foot, double-slideout floorplans, the gas version of the Destination/Latitude will be built on the new 26,000-pound GVWR Workhorse UFO gas-pusher chassis equipped with a 340-hp 8.1 liter GM Vortec engine. It’s set to go into production in May.
Although the UFO is designed to accommodate either rear gas or diesel engines, the Forest City, Iowa, motorized manufacturer said the diesel version of the Destination/Latitude will be available in the foreseeable future on the 27,910-pound GVWR Freightliner XC diesel-pusher platform equipped with a 300-hp Cummins ISB engine.
“The Destination and Latitude were designed from the ground up to take full advantage of the new Workhorse gas pusher and optional Freightliner XC diesel-pusher chassis,” said Bruce Hertzke, Winnebago chairman and CEO, as he introduced the new coaches during the Louisville Show.
Addressing the gas-engine aspect of the Destination and Latitude, Hertzke noted, “These advantages will be especially appealing to the retail market with the impending increase in cost of the implementation of the new diesel engine emission requirement in 2007.”
New diesel emission standards that go into effect Jan. 1 are expected to hike the retail cost of diesel-powered Class A’s between $5,000 and $10,000. MSRP for the Destination’s 39-foot floorplan is $165,679.
Winnebago’s new entry-level Winnebago Vista and Itasca Sunstar Class A’s are available in 30- and 33-foot floorplans on Ford F-53 chassis with GVWR’s of 18,000 and 20,500 pounds, respectively. Each is equipped standard with 362-hp V-10 Ford Triton gas engines. MSRPs begin at $81,484.