By Mike Torpey on 2014-04-11 - Driving Force news editor and responsible for organising our daily output. He was staff motoring editor of the Liverpool Echo for 20 years.
Trafic aims to be
office on wheels
THE model which has topped the European light commercial vehicle market for 16 years, the Renault Trafic, is being given a summer revamp.
And the French brand believes this latest version will be as much an office on wheels as a traditional workhorse.
With that in mind, the latest Trafic will feature bespoke equipment like mobile phone and tablet cradle mounts, space for a laptop computer and a removable A4-size clipboard aimed at simplifying the lives of business customers.
Meanwhile, with fuel economy of up to 49.6mpg Combined, the model's new engine line-up combines fuel efficiency and performance, with power output up to 140bhp.
On average, business users will see their fuel economy improve by 5.8mpg compared with Trafic II, something Renault says will save them £1,200 over three years.
Attention has also been paid to the Trafic's cargo area which now boasts the market's longest load-carrying ability - 4.15 metres in the L2 version - while retaining the same cubic shapes.
Changes to the cabin mean there are now up to 14 stowage compartments and the dashboard, in keeping with other Renault models, has a totem-style centre console which houses the multimedia system and climate control switches.
Higher-end versions come with a chrome-effect console surround, gear lever knob and front loudspeaker surrounds, plus lidded dashboard stowage and Java upholstery.
And compared with Trafic II, the driver's seat cushion has been lowered and seat back more reclined to get closer to the sort of driving position associated with MPVs.
The engine range comprises Renault's dCi 90 and dCi 115 diesels along with the twin turbo Energy dCi 120 and 140 units, both of which feature Stop & Start technology.
Full UK spec and prices will be announced later.
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