With things hotting up in the medium van market thanks to the imminent arrival of Toyota’s new HiAce as well as the arrival of the new Peugeot Expert, the other French car maker, Renault has slipped in a new variant of its strong selling Trafic van range with the launch of an 85kW long-wheelbase variant.
As well as that Renault has announced that all Twin Turbo Trafics and any Trafic 85kW versions with optional Satellite Navigation, that arrive in Australia from May, will include Apple CarPlay.
Up to now, Renault Trafics powered by 85kW single turbo diesel engine have only been available in short-wheelbase 5.2m3guise, along with the similarly sized 66kW Trader Life model.
The new 85LWB is priced from $35,990 drive away in Q2 during the run up to the end of the financial year. This makes it a full $4,000 cheaper than the twin-turbo Trafic 103LWB which is currently selling for $39,990 drive away.
Also for a limited time, the Trafic 66 Trader life is available from $29,990 drive away, making it eligible for the instant write-off for SME buyers, due to the federal government’s recently-enhanced $30,000 limit for small businesses.
“The 85LWB model is one we’ve been keen to add to the range for some time,” said Lyndon Healey, Product Manager for Renault Australia LCV.
“It provides a more affordable long-wheelbase option for Trafic customers who might operate in environments where power is less important, or those who aren’t carrying the heaviest loads, but need the extra space that the 6m3capacity provides. Even so, the 85LWB can carry a payload of up to 1294kg and tow
“Like the 85SWB model, the 85LWB is well-equipped as standard and comes with a 3-year/unlimited km warranty, 12-month or 30,000km service intervals, and uses only 6.5-litres of diesel per 100km.
“When you compare the Renault Trafic 85LWB with its direct rivals on price, specification, load capacities and running costs, the Trafic delivers a pretty compelling package,” Lyndon said.
“Year-to-date Renault Trafic is Australia’s best-selling medium-sized European van. Its value appeals to small fleet buyers, as well as tradies and couriers, with its responsive engines, comfortable cabin and highly practical load space. It is also loaded with many safety features.
The Renault Trafic is now available in 66SWB (Trader Life), 85SWB, 85LWB, 103SWB, 103LWB, 103Crew and 103Crew Lifestyle variants, giving everyone in the market for a medium-sized van something that’s ideal for their needs.