September '20

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88 • RV PRO • September 2020 RV PRO ➤ NEW MODEL YEAR PREVIEW NEWMAR Newmar is introducing its all-new 2021 Canyon Star front-en- gine diesel, and its brand will feature an entirely new look and new chassis platform. The new look is delivered in every aspect of Newmar's Canyon Star, says John Sammut, vice president of sales and marketing. "Not only has it gone through a life-cycle change, but we've also transitioned it to Freightliner's MC front-engine diesel chassis. Unless another manufacturer has done something similar for 2021, we're the only front-end diesel Class A motorhome avail- able," he says. He adds that the 2021 Canyon Star 3927 model is of par- ticular interest as it is the only diesel-powered toy hauler in the Class A motorhome segment. Canyon Star's Cummins B engine provides 340 horsepower and is paired with an Allison 2500 series transmission. The new chassis is rated at 30,000 GVWR and is equipped with a tow hitch rated at 6,000 pounds. The standard generator is an Onan 6.0 kW diesel-powered generator with an option for an 8.0 kW Onan unit. As with all life-cycle changes, the RV has new front and rear caps and a completely redesigned cockpit and instrument panel offering a larger 9-inch Xite radio and 9-inch monitor system. "Perhaps more stunning," says Sammut, "is the all-new interior design, which includes new cabinet doors and drawer fronts, new feature ceiling, new slide-out fascias – even new furniture styling." As furniture manufacturer Flexsteel suddenly announced its exit from the RV market this year, Newmar pivoted quickly to source products from its other partner, Williamsburg Furniture. "Williamsburg and Villa will afford us a more residential look. The marketplace also views Villa as a higher-end line – we've received very positive feedback. All units will feature the new furniture," Sammut says. Newmar's flagship diesel, King Aire, has not only undergone a PREVIEW major life-cycle change, but also is introducing a lot of new fea- tures to the high-end motorhome market, according to Sammut. The goal was to further separate the King Aire from Newmar's other high-end brand, the Essex, with content that could not be replicated in any other Newmar product. "Dealers and customers were telling us the two products were too close together in features and price. They wanted the King Aire to get a purpose and definition of its own," Sammut says. Some of those unique features include luxury residential appli- ances from Viking and Miele; a Samsung 8K TV in the living area and QLED Samsung TVs in all other locations; European-style cabinetry with flush-mounted, flat-panel doors treated with a high-gloss finish; quartz countertops with newly designed edging not offered in any other Newmar brand; new leather-covered instrument panel with detailed stitching; bonded windows with chrome interior trim and square corners; and a taller interior ceiling height, among many other new features. "There was a lot of content added to the King Aire to justify an increase in price," Sammut adds. Over the last several years, Newmar has been successfully introducing products designed specifically for the wheelchair-ac- cessibility market with its Canyon Star RV. More recently, New- mar's Ventana Dutch Star diesel brands have offered a dedicated footprint to accommodate wheelchair passengers. "This year, we've added two additional wheelchair accessible floorplans," Sammut says. "The Bay Star 3811 brings wheel- chair accessibility with a lower price-point than we had with the Canyon Star, knowing that the Canyon Star went up in price this year with the transition to the front-engine diesel chassis." The new Kountry Star 4011 is Newmar's lowest-priced, wheelchair-accessible model, which brings the manufacturer to five different brands that offer the amenity at five different price-points. John Sammut (above), vice president of sales and marketing for Newmar, says dealers will see a number of developments from the RV maker in 2021, including the launch of the Canyon Star front- engine diesel and the Kountry Star 4011 wheelchair -accessible model, plus a major lifecycle change for the company's flagship King Aire motorhome (pictured).

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