Torsus jumped onto the scene two years ago with one of the world’s ruggedest 4×4 buses for work and play. Now the Prague-based company broadens its work with VW Group chassis types, turning the VW Crafter 4Motion/MAN TGE 4×4 into what it calls the world’s most capable minibus. We’d love to see it as the basis of an off-road adventure van like the Vanworx MaxTraxx, but so far Torsus is selling it as a ready-for-anything workhorse and shuttle for up to 21 passengers.
Torsus teased the Terrastorm this week ahead of a full reveal later this month. Starting with Volkswagen’s full-size all-wheel-drive van siblings, the VW Crafter 4Motion and MAN TGE 4×4, Torsus upgrades the suspension for heavy-duty off-roading, promising the van will reach places that others won’t. Photos also reveal BF Goodrich all-terrain tires and a front-end design derived from Torsus’ Praetorian bus, with a Torsus-badged grille, available grille guard and auxiliary lights in the front bumper.
“In the all-new Terrastorm, we signal our ambition to set new standards in the heavy-duty 4×4 minibus market across some of the toughest industries known to man,” says Torsus founder and CEO Vakhtang Dzhukashvili. “We built Torsus to be a trailblazer and redefine the way people think about commercial vehicles, and the Terrastorm is the next step on our journey to make this reality.”
Looking at the Terrastorm, industries like mining and forestry immediately come to mind, but we also can’t help but see a go-anywhere 4×4 camper van behind that exploding dirt. Torsus has already showed a Praetorian Overlander off-road motorhome, so it’s not a stretch to think that there’ll be Terrastorm camper van down the line, whether offered in-house or by a third-party converter.
We’ll learn more about Torsus’ Terrastrom configuration plans when it holds the full reveal in the coming weeks. Sales will start in Q3 2020.
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