Bailey rarely follows the crowd when it comes to product development. While many of its rivals work constantly towards heavily revised, if not wholly refreshed, line-ups each and every year, Bailey makes changes only as and when it feels they’re absolutely necessary.

It’s telling, then, that the third-generation Unicorn range has appeared just two years after the second-generation line-up was launched. Unicorn II was no 
flop by any means – quite the opposite – but the new exterior divided opinion. 

Buyers loved the way the double-height central front window flooded the lounge with light. They were less enamoured by the styling that resulted, however, especially when taking into account the tourers’ slightly dated, cream-coloured sidewalls and heavily moulded front and rear panels.

The Unicorn III, then, has quite a job on its hands: it must maintain the interior that appealed to previous buyers, while resolving the exterior design issues in order to attract as wide an audience as possible. 

The question is: has the new range managed to pull it off? We took the latest Valencia away for a couple of days to find out.

First impressions are certainly encouraging. Most obviously, the cream body panels of old have finally been binned in favour of a new ‘Polar White’ scheme, which brings the looks bang up to date. The enormous, bold, stylised ‘B’ graphics writ large down the sidewalls are not for shrinking violets.

Bailey has addressed the previous model’s thorniest issue: the panoramic centre front window – with simple, yet clever use of bold roof graphics. These mirror the sweep of the middle window and cause it 
to blend in neatly. It’s far less intrusive, and the simpler front panel – which lacks a gas locker 
– rounds off a whole that’s neater, less fussy and much smarter than before.

Out back, the rear panel is smoother than previously and the straightforward sextet of lights are high-intensity LEDs. Classy chrome grabhandles, a revised Hartal habitation door and a new A-frame fairing that incorporates a pair of in-built steps (to help with cleaning) complete the exterior changes.

We towed the Valencia with 
our new, long-term Škoda Superb Estate on a variety of A-roads, and the combination 
of the Škoda’s considerable 
size and torque, allied to the Bailey’s Al-Ko ATC system, proved to be formidable. 

The outfit felt rock-solid 
at speed, although the caravan 
was largely unladen, and coped admirably with a succession 
of steep hill starts and a single unscheduled three-point turn without    grumbling. Given its 1493kg MTPLM, the Valencia requires a tow car weighing 1756kg in order to maintain a fully-laden 85% outfit match; it would be more than 
a 100% match with the Superb 
– strongly discouraged even for experienced tow car drivers .