Time was, not so long ago, that ambulances were often based on spacious passenger cars, with large estates chosen to transport patients more quickly, comfortably and efficiently. Even now, on the Continent the SAMU-style of private ambulance service is quite commonplace. Large estate cars, MPVs and even SUVs are often in use to shift the unwell.
A Tissier or Heuliez-converted Citroen XM or C5 Break ambulance with their cosseting hydraulic self-levelling suspension, crisp handling and lively Turbo Diesel performance, may not be as spacious as a box-shaped van-derived ambulance. For the patient, though, they certainly offer a more comfortable and swift solution to getting to and from the hospital as quickly as possible.
To bring the ambulance concept right up to date, combining a smooth Citroen-esque hydraulic suspension set-up with a rapid but environmentally considerate power source would be ideal. Maybe with all-wheel-drive thrown into the mix for poor weather grip and confidence, plus some off-road capability.
An ambulance adapted around a modified gargantuan new SUV or MPV, such as an electric or hybrid BMW X7, Audi Q7, Range Rover, Ford Galaxy, or Tesla Model Y, would offer dynamic abilities far beyond any van-based chassis. These would pair vastly superior handling and performance with occupant comfort, ideal for weaving between heavily clogged roads when you’re in a hurry.