Twinned with the new Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro models, the third-generation mid-sized Trafic is built on a brand new platform and can be configured with two different lengths, two different heights, and in delivery van, crew-cab, cab-chassis and minibus body styles, as well as other custom arrangements produced by Renault Tech and the company’s approved converters.
While it shares key design elements with the General Motors duo, the new Trafic has a character of its own. It embraces the new design language of the brand’s passenger car range, defined by a large Renault badge positioned prominently in its broad black grille.
The third-gen Renault Trafic will be powered by a new 1.6-litre diesel engine, available in single-turbo and newly announced twin-turbo specifications. Renault claims combined cycle fuel consumption gains of more than 1.0 litre per 100 kilometres from the former compared with the old 2.0-litre engine, as well as sub-6.0L/100km figures from the twin-turbocharged unit.
Unlike the outgoing Spanish-built second-generation Trafic, the all-new model will be assembled at Renault’s factory in Sandouville, France, and sold in more than 50 markets around the world.
Renault Australia corporate communications manager Emily Fadeyev confirmed the new Trafic would go on sale in Australia in the first quarter of 2015. Sales of the outgoing model will continue until then, available from $32,990 driveaway.