- Jul 15, 2013
In Detail: Unicat Terracross Expedition Vehicle
The Unicat Terracross is anything but your typical camper. A $600,000 (as tested) behemoth, the TerraCross is built for those travelers who want to get more adventure out of their journey than a standard RV can offer.
While the Unicat Terracross may seem like the recreational vehicle of the future, the Germany-based company has been around for 25 years. It was started by Thomas Ridder, who wanted an RV that had the capabilities of a Jeep.
The Terracross is powered by a 5.6 liter, 6-cylinder diesel engine that produces 310 horsepower and a massive 950 lb-ft of torque. Top speed maxes out at around 75 to 80 miles per hour.
The inner dimensions of the cabin are very similar to that of other RVs on the market. In the Terracross 52 Comfort that we tested, the cabin was just less than 17 feet in length, nearly 8 feet wide and over 6 feet tall.
The Terracross is also fitted with seating for up to four persons in the front of the cabin, which can easily be converted into a bed. The rear of the cabin is occupied by a larger, double bed.
The Terracross also comes equipped with a kitchen area that includes a sink, refrigerator, stove and microwave oven. Also included is a bathroom with a toilet, sink, and stand-up shower. If that wasn't enough, folding countertops, leather upholstery, and additional cupboard space above the bed are available as options.
It would be nearly impossible for someone to break into your TerracrossIt would be nearly impossible for someone to break into your Terracross. The vehicle's entrance and fiberglass composite storage doors are nearly two and a half inches thick and feature three stainless steel locks. The windows are scratch-proof, double locked and sealed, and also include bug nets and shutters.
The Terracross offers loads of cargo space, which Unicat Americas CEO Avi Meyers says can fit enough supplies to last his family for two to three months. This is partly because of the vehicle's desalinization unit, which allows the vehicle to convert water from nearly any source into drinking water.
One drawback of such a large vehicle is that it can be difficult to find a place to park, and once you do you don't want to have to move it for small trips to the store. Luckily the TerraCross is fitted with a bike rack and a motorbike rack, so your Terracross can remain in place while you go about doing your errands.
The Terracross 52 Comfort is only one of six different vehicle options offered by Unicat. Other options include the Terracross 46 Light, Terracross 49 Compact, Terracross 52 Allround, Terracross 55 Comfort Plus, and the Terracross 59 Family. Even within the various Unicat lines, customization is king.
"Each vehicle is built from scratch," according to Meyers. "You can really make every decision humanly possible" when it comes to equipping your Terracross, from air conditioning and solar power to complete bulletproofing, making the Unicat Terracross the complete off-road expedition vehicle.