It’s been all-change at Coachman Caravans over the past year.

Founder and long-serving boss Jim Hibbs has passed the baton over to new MD (and son) Elliot, and the first fruits of his labours is this, the all-new VIP.

It’s a brave piece of work: the old model’s 2012 redesign became an icon of luxury touring, and its buyers are a traditional bunch who are naturally resistant to radical change.

Yet radical it is: though it’s still recognisably a VIP, and a clear step up from the Vision/Pastiche, it’s also much more modern.

It looks fresh enough to worry style leaders such as the Swift Conqueror, with the front in particular benefiting from the clean, flush-fitting windows and colossal sunroof above.

Look closer and you’ll spot another seismic shift…

Instead of a full-width gas locker, there’s a pair of side-hinged doors – behind one a store for outdoor gear, behind the other a pair of gas bottles.

At least traditionalists will welcome this 460’s classic front-lounge, end-washroom two-berth layout.

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