Prevost Car LeMirage Series

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Prevost LeMirage Series
Prevost LeMirage
Years of manufacture 1976 to 2005
Length 40, 45 feet
Width 96, 102 inches
Power/Fuel Diesel
Rear view of Prevost LeMirage

The LeMirage Series was series of motorcoaches offered by Prevost from 1976 to 2005. These coaches were also popular as motorhome conversions. The LeMirage series ended when Prevost decided to offer only two passenger coach models - the H3-Series and the X3-45.

Design history

Prevost unveiled the LeMirage in 1976. Like the Prestige, the LeMirage had distinctive roof-wrapping side windows, making an ideal choice for charters and tours. The LeMirage also had fluted all stainless-steel skirting, but with much less riveting than other coaches.[1] While the Prestige had a stepped roofline, the LeMirage did not. The rear was also rounder and less sloped.

When launched, the LeMirage was 40 feet long and 96 inches wide. By the start of the 1980s, a number of jurisdictions had approved vehicles with a width of 102 inches. In 1983, Prevost introduced their 102 inch wide Marathon XL intercity coach. A 102 inch wide LeMirage, known as the LeMirage XL, followed.[2] Rectangular sealed beam headlights replaced the original round units.

In late 1987, the front fascia was slightly restyled for consistency with the H-Series and the rear light assemblies were revised with rectangular units replacing the circular ones. Single composite headlights, borrowed from the Ford F-Series trucks, were made available as an option. Coaches with composite headlights received a unique front fascia.

By the mid-1990s, it was possible to offer a length of 45 feet. The 45 foot LeMirage XL-45 joined the LeMirage XL-40 in 1995. The rear lights were also slightly revised, retaining the rectangular units but in a simplified arrangement. Inside, the coach featured improved lighting and parcel racks like those on the H-Series. The racks made use of more moulded plastic parts and had a better handrail.

A more drastic redesign took place in 2000 with the XL-II. The most notable changes were smooth, fully paintable sides as well as flush-mounted passenger windows. The option for fluted stainless steel remained. The headlights were slightly revised, while the rear lights were reshaped and rearranged, and the shape of the coach's rear was sharpened. The interior was updated to that of the H-Series. A new parcel rack design had a smoother and rounder appearance, and incorporated indirect lighting. A new design of passenger service set was introduced with improved layout and air vents. Towards the end of production, coaches featured circular projector headlights and circular tail lights.

Prevost increased the wheelbase of the XL-II in 2005 but its appearance changed little. The coach was renamed X3-45 and replaced the XL-II in 2006.

Models

References

  1. Prevost History Highlights. prevostcar.com
  2. Foster, Cecil. "Ontario Transit Firms Plan Prevost Bus Test." The Globe and MailJul 30 1984. ProQuest. Web. 24 Feb. 2017.