Toronto based Conquest Vehicles, best known for creating ultra posh armoured vehicles for well heeled, security minded clients is generating buzz in a big way. Their first unarmoured vehicle targeted at the uber rich.
Their new EVADE has set a whole new standard in luxury handcrafted SUVs. It's both elegant and utilitarian, blending rich finishing with military inspired design cues.
Famous for building the armoured SUV KNIGHT XV - essentially a bomb shelter on Ford's 350 Duper Duty chassis, Conquest's Evade is a slightly softer version while remaining beastly. While keeping the military look, there are many subtle differences, from design to weight. Made of aluminum and steel, the Evade is about 2,000 pounds lighter than it's big brother, improving fuel efficiency and performance. The Evade is wider, riding on the F550 Super Duty frame. The resulting wider back door facilitates easy entry and exiting of executive security personnel through the rear of the vehicle. An integrated step is built into the bumper for this purpose.
Keeping with Conquest Vehicles' tradition of "hand crafted vehicles", many hardware elements like the hinges, steering wheel, key, headlight bezels and running boards are hand machined out of stainless steel. The handles are crafted from solid blocks of aluminum.
Available with a choice of a 6.7 litre Ford PowerStroke diesel or a 6.8 litre V10 Ford gasoline engine, this 4x4 (of course) comes with commercial grade air ride suspension in both front and rear. The gasoline model gets 362 HP with 462 pounds of torque, while the diesel version generates 300 horsepower but a serious 660 pounds/ft of torque. The 20 inch wheels it rides on are wrapped in 40 inch tires.
Inside, the 400 cubic feet of space houses an ergonomically designed cockpit and cabin, allowing for a maximum of 4 passengers- two up front and another two in the rear executive area which boasts reclining limousine style seating.
Gadgets and gizmos galore, and we're not talking about adaptive cruise control here. Try 360 degree searchlights that are controlled by a joystick, FLIR night vision camera systems in front and back. It's got the basic creature comforts too- touch screens for both drivers and passengers, three sunroofs, laptop trays, leather, wool carpeting, etc. Buyers have a choice of either a driver partition or a retractable flat screen TV. The back seat boasts a console with a granite countertop, cigar humidor and a small bar.
The base model offered at (USD) $579,000, the Conquest Evade is one of the most luxurious vehicles on the market and the ultimate in ground transportation. Each one takes about 4,000 man hours to manufacture, and the company is hoping to produce 4,000 units next year, mainly for an international clientele.
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca