Coachman’s Acadia was only launched this season. Designed as an amalgamation of the Vision and Pastiche ranges, its arrival also enabled the company to boast that it has become the first Alde-only caravan manufacturer. No more trying to position yourself in front of the heating vent on a chilly evening.

So it’s no surprise that pretty soon after the range launch, Coachman should include one other nod to luxury that has been doing the rounds this season – an 8ft-wide model.

The Acadia 860 was launched at the NEC show last October. A five-berth with a rear corner double bed and a corner washroom, we wondered if it might have made a (rather large) present under someone’s caravanning Christmas tree this year.

Most other van manufacturers including 8ft-wide models in their line-ups have tended to reserve L-shaped front lounges for their more upmarket offerings.

Coachman has done the opposite. While none of its top-notch Laser Xcel models features conventional parallel seating, the Acadia 860’s front lounge is L-shaped.

There are still three windows across the front and one near the front on each side – Coachman hasn’t blocked off the nearside window to make way for the TV.

On the outside, the range also includes Coachman’s other innovation of recent years – two separate gas bottle lockers either side of the hitch, rather than a single locker stretching across the front. This allows for more room on the inside, while the locker doors won’t get in the way of the jockey wheel handle.

With its black-framed windows matching the sunroof, and its long blue, white and grey decals on the side, the 860 looks a very svelte beast out on the road.