Renault reveals updated Trafic Passenger and SpaceClass

Renault has facelifted the passenger transport versions of the Trafic, known as Passenger and SpaceClass.

The new models feature a revised look and new interior, with updated technology.

Aimed at large families and professionals in passenger transport, the Trafic Passenger can carry up to nine people and has an increased luggage capacity.

The Trafic SpaceClass, meanwhile, has been designed for drivers and passengers that demand a higher level of comfort. It has an eight-seat layout and is suited to businesses wanting to transport VIPs in luxury and comfort.

Both models feature a new horizontal bonnet design and vertical grille, plus new bumpers and full LED headlights.

The all-new dashboard features a horizontal strip that blends into the door panels, giving a wraparound look and an even more spacious feel. There’s also a new gear lever design, plus the air conditioning controls are embellished with chrome trim for a more upmarket feel.

Practicality is enhanced with the inclusion of even more storage spaces. Overall, the interior houses 84 litres of handy storage solutions. As before, the boot delivers up to 1,800-litres of carrying capacity.

Significant changes have been made to the technological and connected features of the new Trafic Passenger and SpaceClass, with both benefiting from Renault’s latest infotainment system.

The new eight-inch touchscreen brings enhanced levels of connectivity and usability, including full smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Satnav is also standard, while the option of a wireless smartphone charger is now offered.

Semi-autonomous driving aids, such as adaptive cruise control and Active Emergency Braking System (AEBS) also feature, along with Blind Spot Warning and a new passenger airbag that’s been optimised to protect two front seat passengers.

A series of new optional packs will also be available, depending on the need of the customer and the intended use of the vehicle. Specialists in VIP and passenger transport will be able to take advantage of the Prestige Pack featuring two independent swivelling captain’s chairs, a bench seat replacing the third row seats, a reading light and leather interior throughout. A new Adventurer Pack features similar options with the addition of a third row of seats that can fold completely flat to form a bed.

The new vehicles are available with three versions of Renault’s 2.0-litre diesel engine, with 110PS, 150PS or 170PS. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard on dCi 110 and dCi 150 models, while six-speed EDC dual-clutch automatic transmission features on both the dCi 170 and dCi 150.

Full details and prices of new Trafic passenger transport range will be unveiled in early 2021.

Virtual Fleet & Mobility Live 2020: The virtual fleet expo

Video: Fleet News editor-in-chief Stephen Briers and events director Chris Lester introduce the 2020 virtual event and give a preview of what it will look like.

The annual event was due to take place at the NEC, Birmingham on October 6-7 but as a result of the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and after consultation with the visitor advisory board, Fleet News has taken the decision to hold an online event in November instead.

Among the exclusive features at the virtual event will be a special EV & Hybrid Showroom which will bring to life the latest electric models with interactive displays that will enable you to get up close to the UK’s best fleet suppliers.

Visitors and exhibitors will be able to communicate through live chat, participate in live Q&As, ‘visit’ branded booths, and find out about industry-leading technology solutions.

The decision to go virtual was made easier by the fact that around 40% of fleets already have, or expect to shortly have, a company travel ban that would prevent them from attending live events this year, while a similar proportion did not anticipate attending live events until sometime in 2021.


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