The Interstate 19X is based on the Mercedes Sprinter and features solar panels, four-wheel drive, and a convertible queen bed.
Class-B motorhomes have exploded in popularity as VanLife has gone mainstream. Airstream is no stranger to the segment and they’re increasing their presence thanks to the introduction of the new Interstate 19X.
Essentially a smaller and more affordable version of the Interstate 24X, the 19 foot (5.8 meter) motorhome is based on the Mercedes Sprinter and is designed to be as capable in town as it is off-grid. The latter focus is immediately apparent as the model has a brush guard, auxiliary lights, and a protective coating on the hood and lower body.
The off-road theme is echoed by tubular side steps and black aluminum wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires. The model also has an exterior shower and a powered patio awning with LED lighting.
Since the van was “purpose-made for outdoor and off-road enthusiasts,” it was designed for boondocking. As a result, it has two 100 Ah lithium iron phosphate batteries as well as roof mounted solar panels that provide 250 watts of power.
Moving inside, the cockpit is largely business as usual but there’s two-tone front seats that swivel. Bigger changes occur further back as there’s a galley with a sink and solid surface countertops. Other highlights include soft-close cabinets, a microwave, and a small refrigerator/freezer. There’s also an induction cooktop that stows away when not in use.
At the back, there are two long benches that can act as twin beds. They can also be transformed into a queen bed that measures 74 inches (1,880 mm) by 70 inches (1,778 mm).
Other highlights include an aluminum ceiling, overhead storage compartments, and a wet bath with a shower. During a briefing last week, Airstream officials noted the model has a ‘proper’ black tank toilet rather than the more basic cassette toilets used by competitors. They see this as a key differentiator and they’re likely correct as emptying a cassette toilet is far from glamorous.
Buyers will also find a 20 gallon (76 liter) fresh water tank and integrated L-tracks. They’re joined by an onboard generator and an air conditioner that can be used off-grid. Customers can also get an optional E1 Package, which enables the vehicle’s diesel fuel tank to be used for the water heater, furnace, and generator. This eliminates the need to get propane for the latter.
Power is provided by a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel engine that produces 188 hp (140 kW / 191 PS) and 325 lb-ft (440 Nm) of torque. It’s connected to a seven-speed transmission and a standard four-wheel drive system. While the van isn’t fast, it can tow up to 5,000 lbs (2,268 kg).
Customers looking for extra oomph can opt for a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel developing 211 hp (157 kW / 214 PS) and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque. Besides being more powerful, this variant has a nine-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive system.
The motorhome comes with a handful of driver assistance systems including Active Brake Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, and Active Distance Assist – Distronic Plus. The model also comes standard with Traffic Sign Assist and a 360° camera system.
The Interstate 19X is now available and pricing starts at $199,940. That’s not cheap, but the larger Interstate 24X begins at $246,351 so the smaller van provides $46,411 worth of savings. That isn’t the only benefit as the model fits in standard parking spaces, can be used everyday, and is less likely to draw the ire of pesky HOAs.