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Rapido C55i (2023): our photos and video of the new compact integral motorhome, the chef’s surprise at SVDL!

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Let’s go ! The 2022 edition of the SVDL opens its doors to the public this Saturday September 24 at the Parc des Expositions Paris-Le Bourget. On the program, dozens of novelties to discover, all categories combined in the two halls stuffed with vans and motorhomes. Among the stands without doubt the most popular with the public until October 2, that of Rapido, one of the tenors in the sector and who is taking advantage of the Parisian event to draw his new C55i for the first time in France (not to be confused with the Rapido C55 profile on Peugeot Boxer), a compact integral on a standard Fiat Ducato 2.2 140hp carrier.

All of a very big

This new model, which adopts the new front end of the brand’s A-Class models (matte black honeycomb grille) and displays a total authorized weight of 3.5 tonnes, successfully combines everything that makes up the strength of an integral (equipment, layout and space on board in particular) but here in a relatively contained size of 6.72m long for 2.17m wide and a height of 2.75m. We start with the living room part of the motorhome, which reveals a L-shaped bench seat for five occupants, a portfolio table, while the cabin seats are obviously swivel. Note that this lounge, convertible, has a first extra bed for one person.

The new Rapido C55i integral© The Automobile Magazine

Space optimization

The classy kitchen unit has a generous work surface, a classic two-burner (screen-printed) projecting gas stove with glass flap, a stainless steel sink and a refrigerator with an appreciable volume of 140 liters. Of course, the drawers and cupboards for utensils and other crockery are widely present, including in height with a light then provided by LED’s. Marketed with your choice of Luceo or Nacarat furniture, the compact A-Class includes a Duo’Space lavatory, the Rapido Group’s magic formula for optimizing every centimeter available by integrating the washbasin, WC and shower into a single spacewhile offering the necessary privacy to the occupants, by separating the shower cubicle (with teak-type grating) from the toilets, thanks to the brand’s famous pivoting wall.

To each his own bed, it’s as you want

Also separating the “day and night” spaces of the motorhome with a rigid partition, the integral Rapido C55i, heated via a Truma Combi 4 diesel Plus, finally sits in the back twin beds for two adults, 80 x 199cm and 80 x 185cm. Two beds which, it is important to emphasize (for example when human warmth becomes essential), converts in no time to a double transverse bed, with easily accessible walk-in wardrobe. With a large through hold with polyester tray, and large right and left hold doors (100 x 75cm), Rapido’s C55i compact A-Class starts at €77,900.