Nigel Donnelly

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Lunar Caravans pulled the covers off the 2011 model year Lexon range.

Comparing the line-ups from 2010, there are actually less floorplan changes than it seems. Firstly, a tidy up of the model names has taken place. Letters are replaced by numbers so SI, SE and TL names are replaced by 540, 560 and 640 respectively. It’s not all housekeeping though.
An all-new nearside fixed-bed 530 model comes into the range and the island bed SI layout has been improved.

Lunar Caravans pulled the covers off the 2011 model year Lexon range.

Comparing the line-ups from 2010, there are actually less floorplan changes than it seems. Firstly, a tidy up of the model names has taken place. Letters are replaced by numbers so SI, SE and TL names are replaced by 540, 560 and 640 respectively. It’s not all housekeeping though.
An all-new nearside fixed-bed 530 model comes into the range and the island bed SI layout has been improved.

For 2011, all Lunar models get tough, lightweight aluminium seat and bed frames, better doors and handles, tougher worktops, larger ovens and LED lighting throughout. Four bolster and scatter cushions are supplied as standard and fixed bed mattress quality has been boosted.

Internally, changes are reminiscent of the Clubman models with classy new ‘chestnut’ cabinet work and metal door handles. Lounge upholstery has been changed for 2011 and LUX version of the Heki skylight is fitted, with lighting installed in the frame.

In the kitchen, a new microwave, worktops and inset bronze-coloured sink are added and strip LEDs give more even lighting.

Externally, changes are numerous with new graphics, chrome grab handles and a new rear panel sharpening up the looks. A remote control awning light is a practical upgrade.

Lighting has been improved too, with lighting integrated into the Heki rooflight surround and LED strip lighting for the kitchen.

The compact, corner kitchen Stellar model gets all the same improvements as the Lexon range and the benefit of an under-counter rather than a eye-level microwave.

Prices are up around £500 per model on last year’s product and weights are not yet confirmed. All Lunar single axles are under 1500KG MTPLM however.

Prices:
Stellar - £14295
Lexon 530 - £16995
Lexon 540 - £16995
Lexon 560 - £16995
Lexon 570 - £16995
Lexon 640 - £18995

Practical Caravan verdict:
A good mix of thoughtful tweaks and boosted specification. Desirable, lightweight but rivals are cheaper.

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