Renault Master update – January
The biggest vehicle ever to wear the Renault badge, the Master van and ute family, will kick off the year with a significant update.
Headlining the upgrades is a new twin-turbocharged 2.3-litre four-cylinder diesel engine producing up to 123kW and 360Nm, and a new electric steering system.
New safety equipment includes revised electronic stability control with load sensing, hill start assist, a trailer sway detection feature, and a traction control assistance system designed to help keep things moving on mud, snow and sand.
Cosmetic changes include a revised grille that brings the 2015 Master into line with the rest of the Renault range.
Read more about the Renault Master.
Renault Captur – February
The pint-sized Renault Captur crossover will finally reach Australia in February, almost two years after it was originally unveiled.
The front-drive-only Captur will be offered in Australia with two turbocharged petrol engines familiar from the Clio city car on which it’s based: a 66kW/135Nm 0.9-litre three-cylinder and an 88kW/190Nm four-cylinder. Manual and dual-clutch automatic transmissions will be available.
As we reported in May 2013, the Captur’s lack of rear curtain airbags will make it ineligible for a five-star safety rating from ANCAP.
As with the Clio, Renault will be hoping to pique the imaginations of consumers by offering a wide range of interior and exterior customisation options to allow owners to personalise their cars.
Competing with the likes of the Holden Trax and Peugeot 2008, the Renault Captur should be priced from the low-$20,000s plus on-road costs.
Read more about the Renault Captur.
Renault Trafic – April/May
The all-new Trafic van family will reach Australia in autumn.
The third-generation mid-sized model sits on a brand new platform and (overseas, at least) can be configured with two different lengths, two different heights, and in delivery van, crew-cab, cab-chassis and minibus body styles.
The 2015 Trafic will be powered by a new 1.6-litre four-cylinder diesel engine, available in single- and twin-turbo specifications – the latter promising combined cycle fuel consumption of less than 6.0 litres per 100 kilometres.
Unlike the outgoing Spanish-built second-gen model, the new Trafic will be assembled at Renault’s factory in Sandouville, France.
Read more about the Renault Trafic.