Conquest Vehicles of Toronto has continued to hold its own in the battle for the niche market of armored vehicles, despite stiff competition from Europe. With the addition of their unarmored Evade, Conquest hopes to move beyond the relatively small market of people who need to drive around in a mobile bomb shelter.
The Evade is built atop a Ford F550 super duty chassis. Under the hood is either a 6.8-litre V10 gas engine or a 6.7-litre V8 diesel. Both versions of the Evade come with automatic transmission as the only option. The 400 cubic foot cockpit is laid out in 2+2 limousine seating, which consists of two seats up front plus two seats facing each other in the back. From there, the lucky Evade owner can relax with a built-in plasma screen television or comfortably browse the internet on incorporated laptop trays.
Despite the absence of “armor”, the Evade is nonetheless ready for a fight with outside panels composed of an aluminum/stainless steel alloy that can stop bullets. A 360 degree joystick controls FLIR night vision cameras as well the vehicle’s powerful spotlights, rounding out a suit of security features second only to the Evade’s older cousin, the full-on armored Knight XV.
Conquest’s chief competitor is Latvia’s Dartz Motorz, whose out-of-the-box thinking has earned it a reputation as an innovator in the use of exotic materials, including gold-plated armor.
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