For when you have to go offroad with 20 of your friends.
When you need to ferry a large number of people in comfort from one point to another, the default choice is undoubtedly something like the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Passenger Van. If you need to go off-road and traverse some of the gnarliest terrain around, your choice will likely be something along the lines of a Jeep Wrangler. But what if a Sprinter is not capable of getting over the terrain you need to pass and a Wrangler can't carry enough passengers? Enter Torsus. The Terrastorm is the company's idea of a people carrier that can get through just about anything without breaking a sweat.
The Terrastorm is based on a Volkswagen Crafter, a van sold in Europe that was based on Merc's Sprinter. We've seen this sort of thing before, but this seems like a much more drivable proposition, something based on a regular vehicle that anybody can get behind the wheel of. So what makes the Terrastorm special? Well, Torsus claims that this vehicle has been engineered to be the world's most capable 4x4 minibus and is promised to be able to carry as many as 21 passengers depending on the configuration. Naturally, this means that when the vehicle is released, there will be various options you can choose from to tailor the Terrastorm to your needs.
Further details have not yet been released, although the German company promises that the Terrastorm will be revealed in full towards the end of this month, with sales to begin shortly thereafter. With all the company's claims about off-road ability, it will be interesting to see what it's actually like on the trail, since long wheelbases don't usually lend themselves to good off-roading ability, and even short-wheelbase 4x4s can come unstuck.
While no pricing has been announced, we don't expect the Terrastorm to come cheap, but when electric SUVs can reach around $125,000, maybe the Terrastorm will seem like a bargain.