Storyteller Overland set out to inspire and equip its community of outdoor lifestyle adventurers and van lifers by unleashing their rugged new “Beast Mode” adventure van concept in time for display at the Manufacturers RV Show in Pleasanton, California, Jan. 11-20.
Building off the innovative floor plan and features of its flagship Mode4x4 Adventure Van Series, the Beast Mode concept pushes limits with a carefully curated performance and utility mods creating an off-road and off-grid travel experience
Like all standard production model Mode4x4s, the Beast Mode concept is built on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 144 2500 chassis with 4×4 installed directly from the factory. Likewise, the Beast Mode concept comes equipped with all of the standard interior features of the Storyteller Overland Mode4x4 design, including thermal and acoustic insulation of all natural, sustainably sourced Havelock Wool. The unit provides expanded interior comfort via FlareSpace flares installed on both sides of the van; and Storyteller Overland’s full array of patent-pending innovations like the fully seat pull tested GrooveLounge that safely accommodates two passengers and sleeps up to two campers; its Halo Hidden Shower and FlexSpace systems; and the adaptive DreamWeaver folding workbench/bed system that sleeps two above the rear GearHauler Garage area.
These features combined with the Mode4x4’s M-Power automotive-grade, lithium power management system—powered by Volta Power Systems—make the Mode4x4 a capable off-road/off-grid expedition vehicle.
The Beast Mode features:
• Precision-tuned, off-road performance suspension upgrade with heavy duty leaf springs and Fox Shocks package provided by Agile Offroad.
• Lightweight, custom modular roof rack with a solid surface deck along and a custom light bar on the front bumper and side-mounted surf rack.
• Hinge-mounted spare tire carrier and Sherpa Rack system with lockable gear box from Owl Van Engineering.
• Super-bright LED long throw lighting kit from Hella Lights
• Insulating window tint from TiNTPro.
• An array of premium quality, custom soft goods interior storage solutions manufactured exclusively from the Overland Gear Guys.
Storyteller Overland’s founder and CEO explained the ethos of the Beast Mode concept as being “…Storyteller Overland’s way of staying in sync with the ever-evolving aspirations and needs of our Mode4x4 owners. We have always conceived the Mode as not just a van, but an entire ecosystem that should grow and adapt along with the imaginations and experiences of our Modelife community. A lot of our owners are already personalizing their rigs by adding more aggressive mods to their vans… so we want to be on the leading edge of that conversation, by proactively testing out the best of the best mods from our most trusted partners and highest quality vendors in the marketplace. We want to be able to equip our Modelifers with reliable, real-world testing data to help them seek out the best quality, lightest weight, longest lasting gear for their Mode4x4 rigs. The Beast Mode concept rig was an intentional way of jumpstarting that testing process.”
When asked if the Beast Mode was a foreshadowing of a future trim level for the Mode4x4, Hunter said, “Well life’s a grand adventure… I guess we’ll have to see where this one leads us. It will be interesting to find out if our Modelife community wants to see a trim level option like this made with love by the wizards back at our Storyteller Overland factory and made available directly from our stellar nationwide dealer network. We always like to listen and learn… so you never know.”
The standard 2020 Mode4x4 production model is available from dealers nationwide with a no-haggle MSRP of $149,748.00. No pricing was given for the value of the Beast Mode concept as it is not currently slated for production.
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