THE latest offering from Renault has seen a range of improvements added to the Trafic including more space, better designing and a new twin turbo engine option.
Boasting the latest in connectivity, USB ports and space for the phone, tablet and laptop the new Renault Traffic (which starts from $33,490 plus on roads) is designed to be a mobile office.
The Trafic van range has an impressive list of safety features including hill start assist, an extended grip function for the front wheels to optimise traction, anti-roll-over protection, load adaptive control and ABS with EBV and emergency brake assist.
Moving to capped price servicing model shows the brand has listened to consumers when it comes to maintenance costs.
Renault say the new Trafic only needs to be serviced once a calendar year or every 30,000km, and the price has been capped at $349 for the first three services.
When it comes to payload there's more to like.
The L1 or entry level Trafic can carry items up to 3.75m long and 4.15m in the L2 - the only in its class that boasts this length with the rear doors closed.
There's two length choices which are both 210mm longer than the Trafic II meaning an extra 200 litres on the L1 and 100 litres on the L2 model.
This is maximised with the cubic form and low slant of the body sides and both variants can carry two Australian pallets.
Two diesel engines are available to power all-new Trafic.
Each one is a Euro 5 compliant, 1.6-litre, in either single or twin-turbo guise, designed to also comply with Euro6b emissions legislation.
The dCi 90 is reserved solely for the entry-level L1H1, with the new ENERGY dCi 140, available on both the L1H1 and L2H1.
Average fuel economy has improved by 2.1 litres per 100km across the range, with 6.2 litres per 100km on the combined cycle and emissions of only 164 grams CO2 per kilometre.
The ENERGY dCi 140 powerplant delivers crisp pull-away (0-100kph in 10.8 seconds) and responsive mid-range acceleration from low revs thanks to the availability of 270Nm of torque at engine speeds as low as 1250rpm.
Yet fuel consumption is 6.2 litres/100km (combined average) thanks to the standard strop-start technology, eco driving aids and Energy Smart Management (ESM).
These new Trafics can be specified with an overhead rack which can carry up to 13kg (around 10 two-metre copper pipes or a step ladder).
In fact there's some 60 different accessories that can be added.
Justin Hocevar, Renault Australia managing director, told journalists at the launch of the new Trafic that 90% of Renaults sold worldwide are manuals and there's no move to bring in an auto Trafic anytime soon.
Mr Hocevar also told journalists the engine improvements meant less gear changes even with the manual box.
"The all-new Renault Trafic is an exceptional product and we are thrilled to be introducing it to Australia. In recent years we have seen the popularity of the Renault Trafic soar to third in its segment and we are confident the new model will build on this success," he said.
"We have a broad range of options to suit all business needs and combined with the exceptionally smooth and quiet driving experience of the new model, the all-new Trafic stacks up strongly against the competition."
Optional packs are available with the twin turbo models, Pro costing $1290, Premium $1990 and Lifestyle costing $2490.
The Trafic comes with an extended five year warranty for customers purchasing before the end of financial year and drive away deals available.
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