George Josevski, Lotus National Sales Manager, recommends a mid-size to large 4WD or 2WD for towing duties. It must have a minimum tow rating of 2.5T.
The Uptown is a smart-looking caravan, and is based on a Supagal chassis complete with tandem axles and a seven-leaf suspension system. Mechanicals include 10-inch electrical brakes, alloy rims with 15-inch tyres and drop-down wind-down legs. Twin gas bottles are housed on the A-frame along with an ALKO 50mm ball coupling and ALKO jockey wheel. At the rear, a bumper houses the spare wheel.
Body wise, a combination of padding, chequer plate and aluminium cladding surrounding a Meranti timber frame offers a neat and tough-ish look. Around the body there is a split front boot system with battery pack on one side and storage space on the other. There is a small boot on the driver's side of the Uptown to house a generator while on the opposite side is a longish boot for poles and the like. Also on the passenger side is an entertainment box that allows the TV to be plugged in and watched outside and a picnic table for use while entertaining and watching the TV.
This Uptown is built on a strong platform and offers tourers plenty of choices when it comes to storage and fitting in the gear needed to make any holiday fun.
Classy and tasteful are just two ways to describe the look and feel of the interior. Stepping in through the door, you notice the ensuite with separate shower and toilet which runs across the back wall.
The dining room features leather club-style dining seats with a footrest for lazing around or reading a book in comfort. A tri-fold table offers several table options, and opposite is a well laid-out kitchen with appliances including a deep sink, 186L three-way fridge, grill and oven unit and an LG microwave. The bedroom is at the front of the caravan and features a queen-size bed with inner-spring mattress and a recessed section at the head of the bed for storing books and drinks.
There is so much packed into this Uptown so it's worth checking one out at the showroom to appreciate what this caravan has to offer.
I liked the open and very classy look of the Uptown, including the leather seating with foot rests.
There is a small space between the shower wall and cupboard which will be hard to clean.
|Price as tested||From $58,250|
Tandem seven-leaf suspension system, awning, tunnel boot, LED lighting, twin 100amp/hr batteries, alloy rims, picnic table, Lemair washing machine, Dometic 186L three-way fridge, LG microwave, recessed Swift oven, leather interior, footrests on seats, ceramic toilet and basin, queen-size bed with inner spring mattress, tri-fold table, Ibis roof-mounted air conditioning and external entertainment storage boot.
|Tare weight||1,990 kg|
|Gross weight||2,390 kg|