2024 Potential Motors Adventure 1 - Design Review
If this product seems familiar to you, then you are an avid automotive enthusiast. With an overall appeal of a classic Microbus Camper and the Mitsubishi Delica 4X4 from the 90’s, the Adventure 1 is the evolution of the backroad’s camper van. Although this time it has gone electric, the Adventure 1 is still far from being a replica of something from the past. This product is all on its own, as it falls into more than just the camper category. Off road, EV and even camping all in one with being able to traverse back woods ATV trails, is much more than just your standard camper. This is the true back woods camper van.
Looking around the Adventure 1, you will find some interesting design features. Not only being wide enough to fit down back trails, this product is something out of the ordinary when it comes to its features and looks. Up front you will find most of the basics which you would on any van on the market. But where the Adventure 1 really stands out from the crowd, are its back road features.
An oversized skid plate and bumper help to bring out the off-road appeal of the Adventure 1, but could they have been made a bit smaller? The skid plate is a good old NO, but the front bumper could have been toned down a bit. Protruding from the front, the large plastic abyss which is the front bumper, could have been better blended into the front of this vehicle. It is nice that its size can fit all the towing accessories you will need in the bush, but a bit less on the size. This appeal also carries onto the front grille space.
Again, protruding from the front, the grille spacer has a nice touch with the company logo, but could they have pushed it out any further. Really, I thought your bumper being out that far was enough, but I guess the grille spacer must do double duty and work with the bumper. Bring this bad boy in, please.
As with most vans, the windshield is rather large and on the Adventure 1, this is no different. The only different is that it does not wrap around. This would have looked better, but would have increased the cost of the windshield substantially. In other words, the layout is bland, but the cost is amazing.
Moving onto the side is where you will find some of more futuristic looking spaces. Fully integrated roof rails with tie down bars and a height tall enough to keep your spare from running away, give you the feeling of security for your stored products. These are also well integrated with the exterior profile, blending in perfectly with their surroundings.
A bit lower you find yourself gazing at a futuristic looking side window profile. Appearing like something you would find on a future inspired vehicle from an 80’s sci-fi movie. Inclusive of this are the white wall lettering, black plastic handles and block style character lines. All of which, scream 1980’s sci-fi vehicle. Considering we are past the future market of the Back to the Future II, I guess designs like this are a bit more acceptable today. Being that it is the future, this is just a standard product design from today. Well, most of it is, with the white lettering being from the 80’s and 90’s.
Plastic cladding is not as highly used as it was on the front and along the side it tends to blend in well. Those goes double for the tire and rim combo, as they tend to blend in perfectly with their surrounding. Fitting to a near perfect layout within their wells, the wheels give you both the feel of mobility and stability. Even though the size seems small for a standard product, they are well fitted for this vehicle in both layout and appearance. Too bad the same could not be said about the side steps as well. Good placement, but poor layout.
Out back is where things get a little weird. The wrap around back window is a great touch, something which would have made the front look better and the integrated tow hooks are a great touch as well. But that is where the good times stop. No more rolling here, as the rear lights come off looking like a cheap add on, placed there at the final hour. An accent line or indent would help this product fit better within the rear of the Adventure 1.
Like the front, the rear bumper is rather noticeable, as it does stick out from the rear. Although not as large as the front, the rear bumper still seems a bit off when it comes to the rear end appeal. The one thing Potential hit the mark on, was there use of indentation for their logo name. This is something familiar to truck tailgates, but works well on this back woods’ camper.
Potential Motors may be a new name to the automotive world, but their product will be one which makes a statement. Like that of the Model X, the Adventure 1 has gull wing doors for the side. This gives off more of that ultra futuristic appeal, but could pose an issue when you are deep into the woods. Conventional sliding doors would have taken away from the appeal and posed issues, but it could be hard to open your doors if the lift breaks.
All around the Adventure 1, is a great little package for back woods adventures. This is a product which we can see as having a huge potential in areas with extensive trail networks but no major roads. All we want to know, is when can we get one and what do we do if we run out of power?
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