Toronto—The Toronto-based company that makes the handcrafted, fully armoured luxury KNIGHT XV, announced its first unarmoured vehicle that’s enough to make James Bond jealous.
Armoured vehicle maker Conquest Vehicles Inc., has launched EVADE, its $579,000 unarmored sport utility vehicle (SUV).
Built on a Ford F550 Super Duty chassis, the aggressive-looking SUV’s body will be made from an aluminum-mild steel blend, making it significantly lighter than the Knight XV.
With more than 400 cubic feet of interior cabin space, the gargantuan EVADE offers and a blend of military-inspired design cues with luxury finishes.
“We wanted EVADE to set a new standard for our company in terms of pushing the boundaries from engineering to design to incorporating new user experiences without compromising the integrity of some of the key highlight design features offered by our armored Knight XV,” Conquest Vehicles president William Maizlin said in a statement.
According to the company, EVADE boasts a new ergonomically designed cockpit and cabin, and the entire vehicle will offer both driver and passengers touch screen technology.
Conquest Vehicles mandate of ‘hand crafted’ is peppered throughout the vehicle, including the steering wheel, proprietary hinges, running boards and even the key itself, all machined out of solid stainless steel.
The vehicles’ handles are machined out of a solid block of aluminum.
Similar to the Knight XV, EVADE is offered in newly designed ergonomic 2+2 limousine-style seating.
Also available are two electronic executive style reclining seats with the option of either a driver partition or retractable flat screen television.
The interior will also offer lap top trays, and a third sunroof.
In addition, some of the vehicle’s exterior design cues, layers and angles will be seamlessly incorporated into the interior of the vehicle’s cabin design without losing the feel of being in a luxury SUV.
EVADE incorporates various composite materials, metals, high-grade leathers and high-grade alcantara to create luxury finishes throughout the vehicle.
According to Conquest Vehicles, the half-million dollar SUV has front and rear commercial grade air ride suspension, power windows and 360-degree roof mounted, joystick controlled searchlights, all offered as standard features.
The vehicle is offered with a 4×4 drivetrain, and is available with either a gasoline or diesel engine.
It will also come equipped with FLIR night vision camera systems in the front and rear of the vehicle.
The first EVADE is scheduled to roll off the production line in the fall of 2012.