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News The Vulcanus: The Metris-Based Ultra-Luxurious Van

The Vulcanus: The Metris-Based Ultra-Luxurious Van

Based on the Mercedes-Benz Metris, the Xingchi Automobile Vulcanus is penned by Italdesign and elevates it in a class of its own

There is certainly a market for vans modified as upscale lounges. Xingchi Automobiles is trying to break into this market with the recently introduced Vulcanus. The van is based on the Mercedes-Benz Metris, a vehicle mainly used for commercial and transport purposes.

What caught our attention is that Xingchi Automobiles chose the prestigious Italdesign studio to draw and design the Vulcanus inside and out. Let’s remember that Italdesign is behind the all-new Nissan GT-R50, in addition to having designed a host of sports cars over the years.

Inside, the Vulcanus looks like a first-class cabin on one of those jumbo jets. The three recliners, seen in the pictures, have their own touchscreen infotainment systems. The other screens seem to show information such as weather and road conditions. Folding work surfaces are also shown. Obviously, the interior is lined with upscale textures and materials, if not luxurious.

Xingchi Automobiles also claims that the Vulcanus can be configured as the buyer wishes, and even mentions that it’s perfect for family getaways …

Xingchi Automobiles Vulcanus by Italdesign
Xingchi Automobiles Vulcanus by Italdesign | Photo: Italdesign

Xingchi Automobiles Vulcanus by Italdesign
Xingchi Automobiles Vulcanus by Italdesign | Photo: Italdesign

Xingchi Automobiles Vulcanus by Italdesign
Xingchi Automobiles Vulcanus by Italdesign | Photo: Italdesign

Xingchi Automobiles Vulcanus by Italdesign
Xingchi Automobiles Vulcanus by Italdesign | Photo: Italdesign

Xingchi Automobiles Vulcanus by Italdesign
Xingchi Automobiles Vulcanus by Italdesign | Photo: Italdesign

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Louis-Philippe Dubé
Louis-Philippe Dubé has been contributing at MotorIllustrated.com for over a year, and for the NetMedia360 network for nearly three years now. His passion for everything automotive comes from a career as a mechanic, but also from the family vehicle collection that includes a 996 Porsche Turbo and a 2004 Ford GT. We've been bugging him to drive the GT, but he hasn't responded. Send L-P an email

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