It's the best way to head off-road and take everyone with you.
Earlier in the month, the first details filtered through about the Torsus Terrastorm, which is said to be the most capable 4x4 minivan in the world. Unlike a Chrysler Pacifica or a Ford Transit Connect, the Terrastorm mixes the transportation of large groups with off-road ability.
We didn't know more about the Terrastorm other than that it was based on a Volkswagen Crafter, but now the brand has released all the important information. Due to go on sale globally from Q3 this year, the Terrastorm will be offered in two trims: the TT1 Coach and TT2 Nomad.
The tough van is powered by a 2.0-liter twin-turbo diesel engine that produces either 138 horsepower and 251 lb-ft of torque, or 174 hp and 302 lb-ft. Transmission choices will be a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic. Additionally, cargo and ambulance variations will be offered.
Regardless of the trim you go for, both have all-wheel drive, an off-road suspension, and a locking rear differential. A skid plate protecting the engine, radiator, and more from harsh terrain is fitted, while on the TT2 Nomad, there is also a front metal bull-bar and a rear ladder.
At 236.2 inches in length, the Slovakian-built Terrastorm is over 30 inches longer than a Chrysler Pacifica. The off-road suspension consists of front MacPherson struts and Bilstein B6 shocks in front, while leaf springs with Ironman 4x4 Load Plus or available Profender Dakar shocks are used at the back.
The 11.4 inches of ground clearance is more than on a Jeep Wrangler, one of the best off-roaders on the market, while approach/departure angles work out to 26/20 degrees. A wading depth of over 32 inches is possible with an optional Deep Wave pack. Of course, the Terrastorm's long and tall body isn't a natural fit for tackling rocky and unstable terrain, so we'll have to get behind the wheel to see what Torsus has been able to accomplish.
A highly configurable cabin can seat between nine and 20 passengers. Depending on your needs, seats can even be equipped with five-point harnesses to make sure nobody tumbles out of them when tackling the rough stuff. For the driver, there is a touchscreen control panel from which the audio system and air conditioning can be operated.
So, what will the most capable van in the world cost you? Prices begin at €57,461, which works out to about $67,450 at current exchange rates. That's a lot more than other vans currently on sale in the US, but then again, none of them can simultaneously transport up to 20 people and also head off-road.