CV Show 2014: Renault launches revised Trafic van
Renault has launched its updated Trafic at the CV Show. The revamped van is based on the same platform as the old model, but features new engines, interior and loading area. Prices are expected to start at £18,500 when the van reaches UK showrooms in September.
Under the bonnet the Trafic gets a new 1.6 turbodiesel that can be specified with 90PS or 115PS. Fuel economy for both units is a claimed 43.5mpg, while emissions is 170g/km of CO2. Renault is also offering a twin-turbocharged version of the 1.6-litre engine - 120PS and 140PS - and significant improvements in economy, with up to 47.9mpg available.
Other upgrades include a revamped interior, new seats, dashboard and trim. Renault has also given significant emphasis on the ‘mobile office’ theme, with a dash mounted cradle for a mobile phone or tablet PC. The centre seat can also be transformed into a laptop holder, thus allowing the driver to transform the cab into a mobile office.
The Trafic is available in two lengths and two heights and can carry items of up to 3.75 metres (L1 version) or 4.15 metres (L2) in length. Carrying capacity ranges from 5.2 to 8.6 cubic metres, while the load area has a simple-to use through-hatch that allows the loading of planks or pipes. The Trafic can also be ordered with an optional interior overhead rack that can copper pipes or a ladder. The van also has 20 anchor points and half sized panel protection as standard.
Thanks to a slightly increased wheelbase the L1 model is now capable of carrying three Euro pallets while the maximum permitted payload weight ranges from 1079kg to 1281kg, depending on size and engine choice.