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by Tim Beissmann

Renault is set to update its entire van range in the next three months with the New Master, Trafic Phase 3 and the New Kangoo Van Maxi all ready for European launch.

The full Master range is on sale in selected markets from May 7 with the Trafic and Kangoo will follow on June 4, but Australian customers will have to wait a little longer.

Our all-new Kangoo will be the first to arrive in July and a facelifted version of the Trafic will join it in the second half of the year.

Renault Australia managing director, Rudi Koenig, said the local division was still finalising the specifications and availability of the Master range, but confirmed it will be available in 2011.

The updated Trafic has mostly been revised to be more comfortable and driver-friendly.

The redesigned dash now incorporates more practical stowage spaces and Renault says the 2.0-litre dCi offers markedly reduced fuel consumption. Climate control, Carminat TomTom navigation and steering wheel-mounted cruise control all come together in the new package.

The Kangoo Van Maxi is an extended wheel base (around 40cm) version of the Kangoo and comes with either two or five seats. Load volume tops out at 4.6m3 and load length at floor level is 2.9m.

Available with a range of engines, the 63kW diesel is the most environmentally friendly, using just 6.4 litres/100km combined and emitting 140g/km CO2.

The Maxi will make Renault the only brand in Europe to offer a compact van with three different wheelbases.

Renault has also announced that an all-electric version of the Kangoo will be available from the first half of 2011.

The Kangoo EV has an operational range of 160km and Renault says it will primarily be intended for use in and around built-up areas and will be particularly suited to business users looking for an optimised carrying capacity of 3m3.

Note: CarAdvice is waiting on a reply from Renault Australia about the specifics of the local Trafic and Kangoo ranges and will update the story as soon as word comes through.




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