A Little Taste of Southern Comfort…Conversion Van Style
Most people have their needs covered by the standard automobile models on the market. Cars, hatchbacks, pickups and even SUVs can handle most transportation issues.
But what if you need to sit nine people comfortably and entertain them at the same time? The answer is customized transport and the GMC Southern Comfort conversion van fits the bill.
The interior: stylish comfort with technology
The three-door, nine-passenger vehicle has an interior of cream and brown and a pair of Elite leather-clad power captain?s chairs for the front seats. The original black plastic has been replaced by a woodgrain finish and the gauges monitor trip information, oil life and engine hours in addition to the standard speedometer.
Dashboard and control panels are simple yet effective with dials and buttons for the controls. Everyone from an 18-year-old to a great-grandfather can operate the van?s systems. More tech-savvy drivers haven?t been ignored though; the center console has a USB port for charging one?s smartphone on the go, and there are iPod charging and docking stations.
Behind the driver?s area, more Elite swivel chairs make up the next two rows with a bench sofa across the back. The electrically-powered bench sofa along with the other passenger chairs can fold down, transforming it into a hide-a-bed. German beech wood is used in the paneling as well.
Recessed lighting in the roof provides illumination at night, and the lighting color can be changed by remote control. The standard CD/Vizio Blu-ray system with 32-inch Vizio television mounted above the front seats keeps riders happy during long trips and there are even lighted cup holders in the side doors. A custom wood floor console holds the system and has Game Pro and HDMI ports as well as an 110V outlet. Headroom isn?t a problem either; the designers have thoughtfully added extra space by adding to the existing roof.
The exterior: Power, beauty and safety
The outside amenities are just as nice; the van comes standard with a GMC Duramax 6.6 liter diesel V8 and a six-speed automatic transmission. Finished in a custom fade bronze metallic color, the vehicle comes with aluminum step plates with LED lighting, a fold-down front bumper step, 20-inch chrome wheels and tires, and a ground effects kit. Novice drivers will feel safer knowing that there is a backup camera in the rear-view mirror as well, along with a fire extinguisher under the sofa in case of emergencies.
For those who need such a vehicle for business trips or for people with a large group of friends, the GMC Southern Comfort diesel van could be the solution to their transportation problems.