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Ineos 4x4 Van Spec Interest?

Ferrugenfish

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Anyone also really hoping for an Ineos Van configuration for the future?  If so, like and/or comment. Wondering if there are enough of us to get attention.  Might just be me... but I wonder...

I envision: 

-  Door on only one side of the middle access, leaving one side to be fully used for space all the way from the rear access door to the driver's seat. If sliding door, exterior door attachments do not have to be disconnected to open the door.  Swinging doors optional as some prefer those.

-  Flat cargo space with squared off wheel wells.

-  Pre-fabricated secure points for optional rear seats (can be used as a cargo van build-out, OR have 1-4 rear passengers) (seats are relatively light and easily removable, designed to be used as chairs outside of the rig).

-  Retain the IG-shaped front end, retaining serviceability space (no "snub nose" front end typical of a van... kinda like a Nissan NV 2500 but more classy)

-  Optional high roof, or pop-top roof. Optional stock roof vent fan. Optional roof and side walls insulation.

-  Optional stock 35" tires with retained ideal suspension geometry even if increased to aftermarket 37" tires.  Increased stock tire size will compensate for longer wheel base of the van, retaining similar approach & departure angles of the original IG.

-  Optional high-torque final drive ratio (approx. 4.7) for when someone wants to put 37" tires on, or expects to tow heavy loads up hill with 33s or 35's

-  Diesel transmission as standard on petrol models (higher torque ratings to take advantage of the B58 engine's known head room for tuning without overloading stock transmission)

-  Optional higher output engines for improved power-to-weight ratios (they already exist with BMW B58 engines)

-  Retain similar tow ratings as the IG, or only slightly less.

-  Increased fuel capacity, or space for aftermarket fuel tank. There should be room with this longer vehicle.

-  Rear doors accommodate up to 37" spare tires without aftermarket brackets.

-  Replace optional front and rear E-lockers with ARB lockers. Optional exterior access air hose connection.  If you're the type to option for front and rear lockers, you're probably going to want an air compressor with a stock "home" anyway... fill up your own tires, air mattresses, pressure wash the mud off the rig, etc etc. Air lockers also engage immediately upon activation, whereas E-lockers requires you to turn the wheels approximately 1/3 to 1/2 of a rotation to lock... might not have that option if you're already stuck. 

-  Replace full-time 4-wheel drive with Selectable 4-wheel drive for increased fuel efficiency on road... where most of the miles are driven. (manual select between rear drive 2x and 4x)

-  Cargo area windows optional, not standard.  Some want reduced green house effect and heat loss, and increased security, while others prefer a view. 

-  Optional security barrier between the cab and the van cargo space, with locking slide door for easy pass-through access without having to get out of the cab to get in the cargo space. Barrier can be attached either behind driver/passenger seat, or behind first row of cargo seats. If cargo area does not have windows, criminals can't just break a window to gain access to the entire vehicle.

-  Optional center console delete (for passage from cab to cargo area.... or to transport longer lumber.... or for placement of a small Dometic cooler...?)

-  Optional swivel front seats.

-  Optional telescoping side mirrors (and of course rear camera).

-  Optional bug nets for both side door and rear doors; so air can flow while sleeping, eating in the shade... but without bugs or greenhouse effect.


That's what's off the top of my head.... is it just me?  I like being able to simply nap in the rear with no hassle, and not have to decide between the gear or the family on a trip. This would be a rig that can traverse obstacles, haul larger objects (without getting rained on or stolen while you're in the restaurant).  It's a bigger vehicle, but gains lots of functionality and personalization within a base chassis. 
 

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I'd love to see that drawn up in Photoshop  ?
 

Ferrugenfish

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[QUOTE username=crimson userid=8972094 postid=1333059008]I'd love to see that drawn up in Photoshop  ?[/QUOTE]  Dang... wish my talent bent that direction.  I can only use my imagination to "wrap" the IG look onto the structure of a Nissan NV 2500, retaining most of IG's characteristics, just a bit bigger.  The IG looks so much more classy than the Nissan, so when I do imagine an IG van, it looks great. 

 
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