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Renault gets 2015 Trafic on the road

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New panel van ready to go

The 2015 version of the Renault Trafic has been launched, with three versions available including the Panel van, six-seater Crew van and the nine-seater Passenger van. It’s the Panel van that’s of most interest to convertors like Hillside Leisure which has already confirmed there will be new models from it later in the year. The Panel van is available on a SWB or LWB chassis with a low or high roof and features a range of engines including the new ENERGY dCi 120 (120bhp) or ENERGY dCi 140 (140bhp).

The cab has gone all high tech with the provision of cradles for tablets and smartphones, there’s a fold-down central seat that incorporates a detachable clip-board holder while the backrest opens up to reveal a laptop storage area. The R&Go app can be downloaded to Apple and Android devices to provide access to navigation, phone, multimedia files and vehicle trip information. It’s free to download but the maps for navigation on it start at £19.99.

Trafic 2015 tablet holderThere is also a MediaNav Evolution touchscreen infotainment system on the Sport versions (low roof only). This has a 7-inch touchscreen and allows music streaming from a USB, Aux jack socket or Bluetooth connection.  It comes with a DAB radio as standard. The sat-nav has voice recognition, seven-digit postcode recognition, TMC live traffic updates and a 2D or 3D view.

The new ENERGY engines feature TwinTurbo technology that provides instant pick-up, even when fully loaded, and more power at high speed. The first low inertia turbo provides high torque from low speeds to give you greater responsiveness when pulling away and restarting. The second turbo takes over at high speeds and provides more power for constant, smooth acceleration using the six-speed gearbox. Improvements in the driving system include Grip Xtend which allows one wheel to spin to help gain traction on gravel, snow and mud, a wide-angle mirror built into the passenger vanity mirror so you can see into the vehicle blind spot, Hill Start Assist that holds the vehicle on a hill for two seconds so you can get into gear and set off, rear parking sensors, electronic stability control  to help avoid collisions or skidding and over-steering, and finally a key card that unlocks the driver, passenger and tailgate doors.

You can get the Trafic in a range of colours, include metallic paints. The funky colours are copper brown, magma red and bamboo green. The standard versions of the Panel van come with 16-inch alloy wheels but the Sport version features 17-inch alloys as well as leather steering wheel, metallic paint as standard, front fog lights, cruise control and limiter, speakers in the roof and a premium dashboard.

Prices before conversion start at £22,779 for the SL27 dCi 90 SWB, low roof version of the Panel van, up to £29,019 for the LL29 ENERGY dCi 140 Sport LWB low roof version. More details from Renault UK.

Smartphone holder on the Trafic 2015







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