Having topped the European LCV market since 1998, Renault is set to renew its Trafic range this summer. Trafic's cabin features a raft of bespoke equipment, including mobile phone and tablet cradle mounts, space for a laptop computer, and a removable A4-size clipboard to simplify the lives of business customers.
Meanwhile, with fuel economy of up to 49.6mpg (combined)*, the model’s new range of engines combines fuel efficiency and performance, with up to 340Nm of torque and power output of up to 140hp. On average, business users will see their fuel economy improve by 5.8mpg compared with Trafic II, a saving of £1,200** over a period three years. Attention has also been paid to the cargo area which now boasts the market’s longest load-carrying ability (L2 version: 4.15 metres). It also retains the same cubic forms which were acclaimed by Trafic II owners.
* Fuel consumption homologated in compliance with applicable procedures – combined cycle, L1H1 Passenger version
** UK calculation based on an annual distance travelled of 20,000 miles and fuel priced at £1.34 litre
Renault’s engine specialists have provided All-New Trafic with a new range of engines featuring technologies derived from Renault’s success in Formula 1. These engines have been adapted to meet the needs of business customers and combine fuel efficiency with responsive performance. The fuel consumption of the Twin Turbo engine stands at a record 49.6mpg* (149 g CO2/km*).
Four engines and two variants to cover all types of use
The two engines with a single turbo (variable geometry) deliver an average fuel-economy gain of of 5.8mpg* over the engines available for Trafic II.
* Fuel consumption and emission figures homologated in compliance with applicable procedures – combined cycle, L1H1 Passenger version
Drivers’ can further reduce their fuel consumption by up to 10%* by using the vehicle’s eco driving aids (ECO mode button, driving style indicators and gearshift indicators).
* Depending on traffic conditions, road type, load, driving style, etc.
Twin Turbo technology
Twin Turbo diesel engine technology combines the delivery of hightorque at low engine speeds (80 percent of peak torque available from 1,250rpm) and power at higher revs to enhance driving enjoyment.
The system comprises two sequential turbochargers:
Renault’s new Energy dCi Twin Turbo engine benefits from Renault’s F1 expertise
Renault has broken new ground in the realm of downsizing with the introduction of Twin Turbo technology for its diesel Energy engines. This technology allows the same performance to be achieved as a two-litre powerplant while at the same time cutting fuel consumption by up to 15 percent (compared with the dCi 115 available for Trafic II).
Based on the Energy dCi 130, it employs a number of technologies derived from the brand’s successful involvement in Formula 1, including a transverse water flow system, U-Flex piston rings and DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) superfinishing.
* Fuel consumption figures homologated in accordance with applicable procedures – combined cycle, L1H1 version
Fuel-efficient engines for lower running costs
With fuel economy standing at 47.1mpg* (155 g CO2/km*) for LCV version, and 49.6mpg* (149 g CO2/km*) in the case of the Passenger version, All-New Trafic is among the most fuel-efficient vehicles in its class and provides an average saving of 5.8mpg over its predecessor. This works out as a saving of over £1,200** over a period of three years. This has been achieved thanks to aerodynamic improvements, weight saving measures and, above all, the use of advanced technology, including:
** Based on an annual distance travelled of 20,000 miles and fuel priced at £1.34 litre
AN EVEN MORE PRACTICAL CARGO AREA
Flaps incorporated at the bottom of the bulkhead and beneath the front bench seat provide market-leading carrying ability in terms of maximum load length (up to 4.15 metres for the L2 version). Other new user-friendly features have been added to the All-New Trafic range, including an interior overhead rack which enables use of the cargo area to be optimised.
The market’s longest load-carrying ability
Thanks to two flaps, All-New Trafic is the only van in its class that can carry items of up to 3.75 metres (L1 version) or 4.15 metres (L2) in length with the rear doors closed. One trap is located at the bottom of the bulkhead and increases maximum load length by 41cm, while the second is situated beneath the passenger seat to further increase maximum load length by 76cm.
In the open position, the bulkhead flap provides an aperture that is 510mm wide x 222mm high. It is held open by two magnets and can even be completely removed if required. Meanwhile, a clever opening mechanism for the front passenger seat cushion frees up further space beneath the bench seat.
A carrying capacity of up to 8.6 cubic metres (L2H2 version)
The All-New Trafic van range provides a choice of two lengths and two heights – as well as crew van, platform cab and passenger versions, for a total range of 270 combinations. The carrying capacity of the panel van versions ranges from 5.2 to 8.6 cubic metres. All-New Trafic is 217mm longer than Trafic II for a total additional carrying capacity of 200 litres (H1 version) or 300 litres (H2). Carrying capacity is further maximised by the interior’s cubic forms and the very low slant of the body sides. The L1 version is capable of accommodating three europallets or eleven BA13 (2,400mm x 1,200mm x 12.5mm) plasterboards.
Trafic II owners will appreciate that the size of All-New Trafic’s rear door aperture and the form of its cargo area are identical to the former-generation model, because it means they can re-use their existing interior fittings.