Now, whenever you build something like this and to these standards, you can bet your bottom dollar that the result isn't cheap. What does 'not cheap' mean? Well, Kokoda has always been known for pouring countless features, systems, and capabilities into every unit they craft, but the Commando F226, the one and only unit in the fresh lineup, is starting at a whopping $180K Australian. That's the equivalent of $119K American. Quite a bit, no matter the country you live in. Why so dang much!?
Let me start by saying that the Commando class is responsible for autonomous units, meaning they're self-sustaining. Each habitat is equipped with a 7.1 kWh battery bank and 1.65 kW of solar processing, made possible by the presence of four solar panels. Let's not forget about the 5 kW inverter. Then there are the two 110 l water tanks, but an atmospheric water-capturing system could take things further.
Part two of why this machine is so dang costly involves the way Kokoda arranges the interior and what that means for current and future owners of any Commando. A quick review of the floor plan should help you understand what's happening. To do so, let's start with the rear of the F226.
For a moment, I want you to imagine yourself inside the F226. Please take note of the wooden surfaces and the composite panels making up the walls. Go ahead, touch everything, and really take it in. Once you're finished here, let's head back outside because there's plenty to talk about.
Suppose you're aware of how Australians like to explore the greater outdoors. In that case, you know that they're all about spending as much time outside as possible. On that note, Kokoda includes an outdoor pantry decked out with mobile galley features, a fridge tray, a washing machine, and an outdoor shower are also added to the mix. Ensuring that you can see what you're doing, day or night, outdoor lighting is in place, and lots of it.
Put all that together, throw in a list of countless features and options, and the result is the F226. However, some of your money also goes into how this thing is built and the terrain it can handle. Overall, insulated composite/fiberglass panels make up the shell, and once you throw in the chassis and a Tuff Ride airbag suspension, you'll be looking at a machine weighing 3,100 kg (6,834 lbs) dry. to ensure a long life, stone flaps with a rubberized coating reduce damage and corrosion.
Sounds pretty neat, but there's a catch. As far as I'm aware, habitats built for Australia are to be used in Australia. From electrical input and output to how units are crafted for Aussieland roads, it's all destined only for the land down under. What can you do to get your hands on one of these? You can either move to the southern hemisphere or beg Kokoda to craft a unit just for you and your country. Just note that the latte is sure to be a long shot, and if it happens, you'll be looking at quite the extra buck.