2011 JOHANNESBURG INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW
RENAULT TRAFIC PANEL VAN
Versatile and economical Trafic is the perfect business solution
Practical design to meet the needs of professionals
Long wheelbase with hefty 1 200 kg payload
MPV-based suspension with superb load-carrying ability
Top-notch safety with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist and driver’s airbag
Car-like driving comfort and standard features
Outstanding economy and performance from 1.9 dCi engine
Following the recent launch of the Renault Kangoo Express, the arrival of the new Trafic Panel Van demonstrates how serious Renault is about offering light commercial vehicle (LCV) solutions to businesses in South Africa.
“We are intent on raising our profile as a contender in the crucial LCV segment. By expanding the range with the new Trafic Panel Van, we’re extending our range of exceptionally versatile, competent and affordable vehicles in this sector,” says Xavier Gobille, managing director of Renault SA.
The Trafic Panel Van has been specifically designed to meet the needs of professionals, regardless of the business environment they are active in. With its standard height and long wheelbase, it offers ultimate flexibility to suit any business requirement, matched to an impressive 1 200 kg payload capacity and 2 800 mm cargo area length.
Access to the vast 6,0 m3 load compartment is by means of a single sliding door on the left, along with side-hinged rear doors that can be swivelled through 180 degrees for easier loading. Additionally, side anchorage points are provided to safely secure items in transit.
The Trafic’s suspension has been specially adapted to easily cope with its load-lugging ability, while delivering levels of ride refinement and control more typical of an MPV. This is achieved through the use of MacPherson-type suspension with an anti-roll bar in front, along with a flexible beam with trailing arms and Panhard rod at the rear.
The combination of load-sensitive hydraulic dampers and variable-rate suspension ensures a constant ride height and consistent handling traits, regardless of how much weight the vehicle is carrying.
In the interests of safety, the Trafic is equipped with disc brakes all round, controlled by ABS with electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and emergency brake assist (EBA). This ensures the optimum level of stopping ability, regardless of the driving conditions or load on board.
Additionally, a driver’s airbag is standard, as are side impact bars and height-adjustable seat belts with force limiters and pre-tensioners.
Comfort and convenience are the hallmarks of the Trafic’s cabin environment, which offers levels of refinement and standard features normally associated with passenger cars.
The comprehensive equipment list includes air-conditioning, power steering, electric windows and mirrors, a trip computer, a single-CD, MP3-compatible audio system, and a height-adjustable driver’s seat.
Numerous practical and user-friendly stowage solutions are provided. These include an A4 document holder at the top of the centre console, a storage slot above the glove box, and large binnacles in the door panels.
Vehicle security is a prime consideration in this segment. Accordingly, the Trafic Panel Van boasts an insurance-approved Category 1 alarm and immobiliser system, which includes the Renault Anti-Intruder Device (RAID).
This is bolstered by remote central locking with a deadlocking function for ultimate peace of mind. In addition, the spare wheel is fitted with anti-theft bracket.
Combining low fuel consumption and running costs with dependable performance, the Trafic is powered by a 1 870 cc common-rail turbodiesel engine. The 1.9 dCi unit produces 74 kW of power at 3 500 r/min, linked to 240 Nm of torque at 2 000 r/min.
Mated to a six-speed manual transmission, the Trafic is capable of consuming as little as 6,9 l/100 km in the extra-urban environment. Its combined cycle consumption is an impressive 7,9 l/100 km, with a corresponding CO2 emissions rating of 210 g/km. A large 90-litre fuel tank is standard.
The Trafic Panel Van benefits from the same all-encompassing Renault Confiance customer care package as the rest of the range. This includes a five-year/90 000 km service plan with 15 000 km service intervals, along with an extensive five-year/150 000 km mechanical warranty and six-year anti-corrosion warranty.
Renault Confiance also provides 24-hour roadside assistance and security, fixed price service menu, as well as guaranteed parts availability or the offer of a mobility solution.
Trafic Panel Van 1.9 dCi R249 900