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110414ren2Having topped the European LCV market since 1998, Renault is set to renew its Trafic range this summer.

Designed to serve as an office on wheels, its 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 250ft lbs 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.

The fact that All-New Trafic will be made in Sandouville will ensure the French plant’s long-term future. It also means that Renault now has three factories in France for the production of its entire European market-topping van range.

* 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

 

1 – A new, robust, dynamic design

2 – A cabin designed to serve as a mobile office

3 – An even more practical cargo area

4 – New, responsive, economical engines

5 – New driver aids

 

1 – A NEW, ROBUST, DYNAMIC DESIGN

All-New Trafic’s robust yet dynamic lines include a front end which embodies the Renault brand’s new styling identity, while radical changes have been made to the interior. Designed to be both practical and comfortable, the cabin features passenger car cues for an attractive, quality feel, along with 14 stowage solutions to house the everyday items employed by business users.

Robust, dynamic exterior styling

The assertive front end incorporates expressive, slender head light units which frame the large air intake. In keeping with the brand’s styling identity, the large, vertically-positioned Renault logo sits at the centre over a contrasting black trim strip which tops the grille. An area of body colour between the grille and front bumper adds further to New Trafic’s status-enhancing stance. Meanwhile, the windscreen is more steeply raked than that of Trafic II and marks a distinct break with the line of the bonnet, a cue more commonly associated with passenger cars. The side view is also more dynamic thanks to a combination of taut lines and structured forms.

The robustness and user-friendliness acclaimed by owners of New Trafic’s predecessor have been carried over, including wraparound bumpers and broad, carefully-positioned side protective mouldings. Meanwhile, the square form of the rear end points to the van’s considerable carrying capacity.

110414ren1All-New Trafic will be available from launch in a choice of 10 different body colours, two of which are new (Bamboo Green and Copper). The former was developed to symbolise the energy-efficiency of the new model’s engine range, with the most efficient powerplant returning fuel economy of 49.6mpg*.

Non-metallic finishes: Glacier White, Laser Red, Mole Grey, Bamboo Green.

Metallic finishes: Copper, Oyster Grey, Mercury, Stone, Panorama Blue and Jet Black.

A practical, comfortable interior

The cabin has undergone some radical changes and now features up to 14 stowage solutions for a total capacity of 90 litres (see ‘An office on wheels’ section) to accommodate the sort of everyday items business users employ. The modern dashboard recalls that of a passenger car and, in keeping with other Renault models, incorporates a totem-style centre console which houses the multimedia system and climate control switches. Higher-end versions come with a chrome-effect console surround, along with a chrome-effect gear lever knob and chrome-effect front loudspeaker surrounds, plus lidded dashboard stowage and Java upholstery.

An MPV-like driver’s environment

All-New Renault Trafic delivers a degree of comfort and a driving position similar to those of an MPV.

New seats ensure welcome lateral support thanks to the use of higher-density foam and more enveloping forms. The front bench seat incorporates lateral strengthening for both the seat cushions and passenger seat backs. Comfort is further enhanced by the inclusion of an armrest built into the door panel.

Compared with Trafic II, the driver’s seat cushion has been lowered by 36mm, while the seat back is more reclined in order to get closer to the sort of driving position associated with MPVs. Combined with the height- and reach-adjustable steering wheel, the number of ways the seat can be adjusted (height, fore-aft and seat back angle) enables the driver to find the most comfortable position. Thanks to a pump system, the lever for which falls readily to hand by the side of the seat, the height of the driving position can be adjusted through a range of 60mm. Fore-aft travel is 200mm, an improvement of 18mm over Trafic II (with the same seat back position). The driver’s seat, steering wheel and pedals are perfectly aligned to minimise the need for drivers to readjust their position for longer journeys.

 

2 – A CABIN DESIGNED TO SERVE AS A MOBILE OFFICE

The cabin has been thought through to serve as an office away from the office and packs clever solutions to ensure that the driver’s mobile phone, tablet and laptop computer are always within easy reach. All-New Trafic’s cabin also provides a market-best total stowage capacity of 90 litres to simplify life on the move for business users.

An office on wheels

The mobile phone cradle mount is ideally positioned on the dashboard within easy reach of the driver, to the right of the steering wheel (left-hand drive versions). The mount adapts to a wide range of mobile phones of sizes up to 4.7 inches (screen). The cradle can be adjusted both vertically and horizontally.

A cradle mount for a tablet is located above the radio and suits tablets with screen sizes of between 4.8 and 10.6 inches (NB: the iPad is 9.7”, the iPad Mini is 7.9” and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is 10.1”, etc.). Tipping the central seat back forward and lifting the lid built into the seat back reveals a space where a laptop computer can be housed. The computer can be turned perpendicularly to face either the passenger or the driver. This space can house most laptop computers of up to 17 inches in size.

When the seat back is tipped forward, a clipboard can be clipped vertically behind the central head rest and, like the laptop computer, can be turned to face either the passenger or the driver. It is easy to reach and is stored on the outer side of the lid that covers the space where the laptop computer is housed. A clip at the top of the board enables A4 paperwork to be held in place.

Market-best stowage capacity

All-New Renault Trafic provides a market-best total stowage capacity of 90 litres. There are 14 bins, trays and cubbies of different forms and sizes. They range from 0.2 to 54 litres and are specially designed to house the everyday items employed by business users, including water bottles, cans, cups, cell phones, tablets, notebooks, pens, hard hats, boxes, etc. They are all carefully integrated into the cabin’s overall design and are positioned to be as practical as possible.

1.  Cup holder (0.16 litre)
2.  Tray for keys, ID papers, etc. (1.1 litres)
3.  Tray for telephone, pens, etc. (0.21 litre)
4.  Document stowage (4.8 litres)
5.  Large cubby (4.6 litres)
6.  Cup holder (0.16 litres)
7.  Glove box (12 litres)
8.  Space for a water bottle in the glove box (1.5 litres)
9.  Cup holder (0.13 litre)
10. Large cubby underneath the passenger bench seat cushion (54 litres)
11. Passenger door bin (7 litres)
12. Bin for bottle in passenger door (2 litres)
13. Driver’s door bin (7 litres)
14. Bin for bottle in driver’s door (2 litres)

The largest stowage space has a capacity of 54 litres and is situated beneath the front passenger bench seat. There are no compartments, so it can hold a wide variety of loose or bulky items. This solution has been tried and tested on Renault Master and enables equipment and tools to be kept out of sight, something business customers will understandably appreciate.

Connectivity and multimedia systems for enhanced driving comfort

The audio range consists of four 1 or 2 DIN radios, with or without CD player, and all with digital radio compatibility.

The entry-level system features a 1 DIN radio complete with Bluetooth® hands-free telephony and a fascia-mounted USB port and jack socket. Another USB port is provided alongside the mobile phone cradle (option). These different connection solutions permit music stored on portable multimedia devices to be played back via audio streaming. Terrestrial digital radio is available for this level of radio (depending on country) which is compatible with the mobile phone and tablet cradle mounts (option).

The premium audio system available for All-New Trafic combines with the Renault R-Link Evolution® multimedia system (available at the end of 2014). In addition to its basic connection solutions, it incorporates a slot for an SD card to enable mapping management, the reading of audio tracks and display of photos on the seven-inch display.

A choice of multimedia systems:

MEDIA NAV and R-Link Evolution®

110414ren4The MEDIA NAV system is incorporated into the dashboard’s centre console and covers most multimedia needs. It comes with a seven-inch (18cm) touchscreen display and a radio, as well as Bluetooth® connectivity to permit audio streaming and hands-free mobile phone use. It is also possible to connect portable devices thanks to the fascia-mounted USB port and jack socket. MEDIA NAV incorporates Nav & GO navigation with 2D and 2,5D (bird view) displays. Using the USB port and a bespoke web interface, customers can also with their computer easily update their NAVTEQ mapping data.

All-New Trafic is also available with the high-end R-Link Evolution® multimedia system. The very latest version of the in-dash R-Link multimedia system comes with a capacitive screen (allowing zoom and scroll functions) and receives digital radio. R-Link Evolution® also carries over the system’s previous functions:

  • Voice commands (phone, navigation and application)
  • Text To Speech (TTS) which permits emails (if eMail application is downloaded) and RSS feeds to be read out loud
  • TomTom® connected navigation complete with LIVE services, including the market’s best real-time traffic information
  • Access to applications available from the Renault R-Link Store

R-Link Evolution® will become available for All-New Trafic at the end of 2014.

Thanks to R & GO®, portable devices can be used as navigation systems

R & GO® is an application (Android and iOS) for tablets and smart phones developed especially for Renault customers. Once downloaded, this intuitive application allows smart phones and tablets to function automatically with the vehicle’s radio. Once connected, they display a choice of four clear icons which provide access to bespoke driving-related functions:

  1. 3D navigation (Copilot® Premium, the renowned GPS navigation application), complete with the Active Traffic information system
  2. Hands-free use of the telephone (calls, call history, numbers, Bluetooth® connectivity, etc.)
  3. Multimedia (control of the radio, MP3 sources and web radios; recognition of tracks and artists)
  4. The vehicle’s trip computer (Renault Driving eco², additional information to that displayed on the dashboard, e-guide)

The mobile phone and tablet cradle mounts available for All-New Trafic allow smart phones and tablets to be used safely as independent navigation systems.

 

3 – 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.

SNOEKS crew van, made at Sandouville

The crew van version of All-New Trafic is made by Snoeks, the European benchmark crew van maker. The crew van version can be based on either of the two lengths (L1 and L2) and is made directly at the factory in Sandouville which represents an advantage in terms of delivery times, quality and logistical arrangements.

The crew van version includes:

  • One or two sliding side doors
  • Rear doors or tailgate
  • Windows for second row passengers
  • An easy maintenance floor
  • Roof lining
DIMENSIONSL1L2
Load length (m)2.022.42
Carrying capacity (m3)3.24.0

Unprecedented equipment for Trafic for greater user-friendliness

To optimise efficiency, All-New Trafic can be ordered with an optional interior overhead rack with a carrying capacity of 13kg. This 2m-long, 25cm-high rack is capable of carrying around 10 copper pipes or a step ladder, for example. The roof cross member has been reinforced to take the extra weight.

To tie down items in the cargo area, All-New Trafic features  20 achorage rings for the L2 version, including ten on the floor (L1 version: up to 18 achorage rings, with eight on the floor).

A hands-free card is now available for All-New Trafic. It has two “hands-free” functions, since it enables the engine to be started or switched off by simply pressing on the ‘Start’ button, as well as the doors to be opened and locked without having to use a key by pressing a button located on the driver’s door, passenger door or rear door handle.

By pressing on the card’s ‘boot’ button, it is possible to open only the rear doors and not the driver’s or passenger front doors. This function is particularly practical when loading and unloading frequently.

To allow entry while ensuring that the cargo area remains secure, a single door opening function is available whatever the type of key (including hands-free card). A single press on the button with the “lock open” on the key opens the driver’s door only, while a second press releases the locks of the other doors.

110414ren3Of the 60 accessories that feature in the All-New Trafic catalogue, some 30 concern the cargo area. In the case of the panel van versions, the list includes plylinings, wood shelving, plastic flooring, an interior overhead rack (see above), LED lighting, etc.

An extensive range of conversion options

Some 30 percent of Trafic LCVs undergo conversions which, to ensure optimum quality, can be carried out by Renault Tech or a Renault-approved specialist (360 worldwide). All-New Trafic comes with factory-fitted features to facilitate conversions and broaden their scope. For example:

  • A double crankshaft pulley to permit refrigerated conversions and still enable the cabin to benefit from climate control
  • An additional junction box to permit bodybuilders to wire into the vehicle’s CAN and calibrate the necessary data to ensure that the conversion functions safely (speed data, parking brake position, engine speed, etc.)

 

4 – NEW, RESPONSIVE, ECONOMICAL ENGINES

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.

  1. dCi 90 (191ft lbs). This engine is efficient, affordable and perfectly suited to use in urban areas.
  2. dCi 115 (220ft lbs). Thanks to its extra power and torque, this engine is more versatile and suitable for use out of town, as well as in urban areas. It can cope easily with heavy loads and provides the ideal trade-off between dynamic performance and fuel which stands at 43.5mpg*.

    The engines which feature Twin Turbo technology are more powerful, more responsive and more economical to run, with fuel economy above 47mpg*. Performance is responsive and pull-away from standstill is efficient, even when carrying heavy loads.

  3. Energy dCi 120 Twin Turbo (236ft lbs), with Stop & Start.
    Powered by this new engine, All-New Trafic returns best in class fuel economy, i.e. 49.6mpg* (149 g CO2/km*) for Passenger versions and 47.1mpg* (155 g CO2/km*) for LCV versions. It combines fuel efficiency with comfort and responsive performance.
  4. Energy dCi 140 Twin Turbo (250ft lbs), with Stop & Start.
    This powerplant is more powerful still and permits crisp acceleration at low engine speeds thanks to the availability of 199ft lbs of torque from engine speeds as low as 1,250rpm. Yet fuel economy of 46.3mpg*. It’s the ideal choice for hauling heavy loads, long journeys, pulling trailers or driving in mountainous areas.

These Euro5 engines are designed to comply with Euro6b emissions legislation.

* 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:

  • The first, low inertia turbo delivers high torque at low revs to provide good pull-away response and mid-range acceleration. The result is sprightly performance, since 80 percent of peak torque is available from 1,250rpm.
  • The second turbo takes over at higher engine speeds to boost power (specific power output: 87.5hp/litre) for smooth, dependable acceleration.

The immediate advantage of the engine’s optimised efficiency is low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Stop & Start and ESM (Energy Smart Management), which recovers braking and deceleration energy, are fitted as standard.

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:

  • Downsizing
  • Twin Turbo technology
  • Stop & Start
  • ESM (Electric Smart Management) deceleration energy recovery
  • Low rolling resistance tyres
  • Reduced front disc brake rub (when not braking)
  • Electric power steering

All-New Trafic’s low running cost is further favoured by long servicing intervals. The oil change interval is every two years or 25,000 miles (whichever threshold is reached first), while the timing chain requires no servicing.

** Based on an annual distance travelled of 20,000 miles and fuel priced at £1.34  litre

 

5 – New driver aids

Four new driver aids have been added to the catalogue.

Reversing camera

Available as a factory option, the reversing camera is located alongside the rear left brake light at the top of the rear doors or tailgate. The camera’s high-up location ensures a good view of the zone behind the vehicle (view of the immediate vicinity of the bumper, of the corners of the vehicle and of the space behind the top of the vehicle). The image can be seen in the rear view mirror or on the multimedia display in the case of versions equipped with R-Link. It functions in unison with the rear parking sensor to detect obstacles situated behind the vehicle when manoeuvring.

‘Wide-view’ mirror

An additional mirror is built into the reverse of the passenger-side sun visor to more than double the angle of vision towards the rear-left of the vehicle. It thereby helps the driver to detect the presence of another vehicle situated in the blind spot.

Hill Start Assist

This system functions automatically when the driver pulls away on a slope of more than 10 percent. For two seconds, it prevents the vehicle from rolling backwards to provide the driver with ample time to take his or her foot off the brake pedal and press on the accelerator. If the driver doesn’t accelerate after the two seconds have elapsed, the system releases the brakes to allow the vehicle to roll slowly backwards.

Grip Xtend

This traction control function acts on the front wheels to optimise traction on difficult surfaces (soft ground, mud, snow, sand, etc.). Simply pressing a button optimises the performance of the ESC to facilitate starting and moving at low speeds when grip is at a premium.

The double aspherical door mirror improves visibility when manoeuvring.

 

Key figures

  • Renault, N°1 for LCVs in Europe up to the end of 2013
  • 14 stowage spaces in the cabin for a total stowage capacity of 90litres
  • Maximum load length of 4.15 metres for L2 versions (L1 versions: 3.75 metres)
  • Fuel economy of up to 49.6mpg* for the Passenger version (LCV: 47.1mpg)
  • Engines equipped with 2 turbochargers (Twin Turbo) for responsive, fuel-efficient performance

* Fuel consumption figures homologated in accordance with applicable procedures – combined cycle, L1H1 version

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