Renault enters van-based MPV market with Trafic SpaceClass

Renault is entering the van-based MPV market with the Trafic SpaceClass. The upmarket nine-seater will rival the Peugeot Traveller and Volkswagen Caravelle, when it goes on sale in September 2017, and prices are expected to start in the region of £30,000.

Designed with taxi drivers, hotels and airport shuttle firms in mind, the Renault Trafic SpaceClass will provide space for up to nine adults, over two rows, with pivoting seats and a removable central table. Renault claims that the Trafic SpaceClass will major on versatility, with the rail-mounted system allowing 50 different seating configurations

All will be equipped with 220V and USB sockets for charging laptops and electronic devices, including in the rear of the vehicle. Passengers in the back will also benefit from dark-tinted rear windows, regulated air conditioning and individual LED reading lamps.

The all-diesel engine line-up will most likely mirror the Trafic panel van, with a four-cylinder 1.6 turbodiesel joined by the excellent twin-turbocharged 1.6-litre. Engine outputs will vary from 90PS - 140PS, while peak advertised fuel economy will be in the region of 45mpg. 

Renault hasn't released any information in regards to trim levels or standard equipment yet, but basic models will most likely get air con, Bluetooth, DAB and steering wheel mounted audio controls as standard.

Higher spec models will feature a seven-inch touchscreen with navigation, rear-view camera and cruise control. The Renault Trafic SpaceClass will go on sale in September, with deliveries expected in late 2017.

Renault Trafic Space Class 3