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New Renault Trafic revealed

  • New look and new engines for the Trafic
  • Engines more fuel-efficient than before
  • Joined by new Vauxhall Vivaro van range

First details of the all-new Renault Trafic van range have been announced.

This is the third-generation version of the Trafic. It looks a bit more brutal than the outgoing model, with a far larger front grille and Renault diamond logo joined by supersized headlights.

There will be 270 variants available, split between two different roof heights and two different lengths. Panel van, crew van, platform cab and passenger versions will all be offered. Bespoke interior layouts and conversions for reduced mobility use will be available through the company’s customisation subsidiary, Renault TECH, and external approved converters.

While the old Trafic’s engine range varied from 1.9-litre to 2.5-litre powerplants, the new Trafic follows the current trend for smaller, turbocharged units. All are based on Renault’s new 1.6-litre dCi engine design and are available in two forms: one single-turbo and one more powerful twin-turbo version.

Both are said to be more efficient but also more responsive with improved low-end torque for better pick-up when the van’s fully loaded.

The single-turbo version uses a variable geometry turbocharger design which Renault says is capable of 15 percent better fuel economy than the equivalent Trafic van in the outgoing range. Meanwhile the twin-turbo is said to average more than 47mpg.

While the outgoing Trafic was manufactured in Luton, the new Renault Trafic will be built in France. It is to be sold in 50 countries around the world. As before it has been designed jointly with Vauxhall and is very similar to the new Vauxhall Vivaro van.

You can read the full Parkers review of the existing Renault Trafic here and our reviews of the rest of Renault’s van range here.