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Renault reveals all-new Trafic and Master


Renault has revealed its latest Trafic light commercial van, which is proving a popular base vehicle among campervan manufacturers. It has also revealed its all-new Master, which is also used as a base vehicle by several manufacturers.

Both models get new engines, a new automatic gearbox and a new look inside and out.

More specifically, the new Trafic gets a range of new 2.0-litre diesel engines under the bonnet that comply with the incoming Euro 6d standards. The engines have a greater power – from 120bhp to 170bhp – than the current Trafic engines and increased torque (up to 380Nm), while consuming less fuel.

On the two higher power output engines, there is an option to have Renault's new six-speed EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) automatic transmission.

Exterior design touches include new full-LED headlamps, the introduction of Renault’s C-shaped lighting signature, a new front grille with a logo displayed on a new holder and special inserts, plus a chrome-finish strip.

Driver-assistance systems have also been enhanced and now include a wide-view mirror acting as a blind spot mirror in the passenger sunvisor, front and rear parking sensors with rear parking camera and Trailer Swing Assist keeping, where necessary, a trailer stable.

On the inside there are new upholstery fabrics and an updated dashboard with satin chrome buttons and a new dark carbon colour scheme.

The design extends to the door panels, which also get chrome door opening levers and trim on speakers.

Other tweaks include greater cab storage and the introduction of ‘Media Nav Evolution’ with multitouch screen (compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay) systems and a new stereo with a new microphone for better call quality, with digital radio as an option.

In addition to the van models, the new Trafic also comes in Passenger and SpaceClass versions.

The new Passenger Trafic features second and third row seats, a wide side sliding door for easier access, washable floor, Isofix anchoring system for up to four child seats, new upholstery, rear air conditioning booster and sliding windows.

Meanwhile, the new SpaceClass is a high spec passenger-carrying version with extras such as diamond finish alloy wheels, leather upholstery and steering wheel with chrome insert, the new EDC automatic transmission as standard, a reversing camera combined with front and rear parking sensors, individual LED lights, additional USB sockets in the passenger area and flexibility for adjusting equipment on rails (passenger bench seats, seats and tray table).

Meanwhile, the new Master, which will be on sale from September, also gets a redesigned front end featuring C-shaped lighting clusters, an elevated bonnet line and a vertical front grille with a new logo holder and a chrome-finish grid and strip.

Under the bonnet, there are new 2.3-litre engines, which comply with the new Euro 6d emission standards, while providing increased power and torque, and lower fuel consumption compared to the current model’s engines.

The new engines provide increased power up to 180hp and increased torque up to 400Nm. Depending on the versions, these engines can be coupled to either a six-speed manual or the EDC six-speed automatic gearbox.

Inside there is a fully revamped interior giving it many of the same features as Renault’s passenger cars. This means a new dashboard and large opened or closed storage compartments, chrome inserts on both air vents and air-conditioning buttons, a new rev-counter and monochrome five-inch digital screen, new steering wheel with chrome inserts and new long-lasting upholstery.

There is also now full integration of the navigation screen into the dashboard’s central area.

Other touches include a new 'Easy Life' folding tray above the glove compartment, which can be unfolded simply by pressing on it and that provides extra working space or a space for lunch, and also a new large central cup holder.

There is also now a docking station for digital tablets at the centre of the dashboard and an induction smartphone charger (although these have yet to be confirmed for right-hand drive models).

New driver-assistance systems have also been introduced as standard, including:

Rear View Assist, a rear-view camera with screen display on the upper part of the windscreen, which provides maximum medium to long-distance rear visibility, Side Wind Assist, Front Parking Assistance, Blind Spot Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking system.

The new Master will come in three heights and four lengths, with weights from 2.8 to 4.5 tonnes. It will also be available in a full electric zero-emissions-in-use version called the Master ZE.



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