THIS summer will see the launch of the third-generation Renault Trafic. There’s a new look inside and out, as well as a new range of engines and ‘smart innovations’ designed to make the lives of business customers easier.
The new Renault Trafic is offered with a variety of downsized, turbocharged engines
But most noticeable will be the complete new exterior design. The front end has Renault’s larger, more upright badge, with wide, slender headlights giving an ‘expressive look’, and a more raked windscreen providing a clear division with the bonnet.
The new look includes a wide air intake and a body-coloured trim strip between the two grilles. The sharper lines are to give the vehicle a more dynamic silhouette than before, and the Trafic’s sturdiness has been retained by a wrap-around protective front bumper.
The new Renault Trafic is offered with a variety of downsized, turbocharged engines, based on the latest-generation, Renault-developed 1.6 dCi unit (R9M). This range is available in two versions: a single turbo engine which provides a gain of around 3mpg compared with the earlier model, and the twin-turbo version, offering fuel consumption of 39.2 mpg.
Renault says both engines have brisk pick-up and plenty of low-end torque for responsive acceleration, even with a full load on board.
The new model also offers a wide choice of customisation options thanks to the diversity of its range, with 270 variants, two different lengths and two different heights, delivery van, crew-cab, platform cab and minibus versions. This is in addition to the variants produced by Renault-approved converters and Renault Tech.
More than 1.6 million Trafics have been sold around the world since its introduction.