Renault Australia has announced a new version of its Trafic Formula Edition, rebooted for 2019 with racy red F1-style detailing, a stand-out appearance, and additional list of standard kit.

the Trafic Formula Edition will be available this time with either white or storm grey paint, highlighted to create a stand out appearance and is available in either short or long-wheelbase 103kW Twin Turbo models.

Renault says the 2019 Formula Edition gets ‘Java’ dark cloth upholstery, a heated driver’s seat, and the premium dashboard with a dashtop storage compartment, chrome instrument panel surround, gloss black side air vent surrounds, chrome-plated gear knob trim, leather covered gear knob and  chrome-plated speaker surround . 

It also gets Formula Edition floor mats, the ultra-helpful wide-view reversing mirror installed into the passenger sun visor, LED interior lighting and hands-free entry card and push-button start.

Renault says it also includes a high-security dead-locking system, climate control air conditioning, and a dealer-fitted timber cargo floor with a stainless-steel rear bumper lip to make entry to the load bay more secure.

The company says the timber floor enhances the functionality of the cargo area and provides a more premium look and feel. The flooring is made from 9mm hardwood with non-slip working surface that is oil resistant and hard-wearing.

On the outside there is  a red flash side stripe, an eye-catching red front grille finisher strip, bright LED daytime running lights inserted into the lower front valance, and fog lights inserted into bright red surrounds, with black-painted 17-inch ‘Cyclade’ alloy rims, body-coloured front and rear bumpers complemented by rear corner pillar trim and sliding-door rail surround  which is also finished in body-colour.

The Renault Trafic Formula edition is priced from $41,990 for the short-wheelbase and $43,490 for the LWB, and will be available at Renault’s dealer network from August.

“Over the past few years the exclusive Formula Edition has brought many new customers to Renault LCV,” says Lyndon Healey, Product Manager for Renault’s light commercial vehicle business.

“In addition to referencing Renault Sport’s involvement in Formula 1, the feature-rich list of extra equipment and the stand out design elements really appeal to SME and tradie buyers,” he said.

“More importantly for keen Trafic drivers, the manual six-speed gearbox is the same as that used in the high-performance Renault Sport Megane hot-hatch, so there’s a little bit of Renault Sport magic in every Trafic,” Lyndon said.

“And while there might not be a 280 hp 1.8-litre Renault Sport Megane or V6 Formula 1 engine under the bonnet of every Trafic, our Twin Turbo diesel power unit is renowned for its high torque output and very low fuel consumption. And with up to 30,000km between pitstops for service, Renault is able to drive down the total cost of ownership for its customers,” Lyndon said.

“With only a small number of Formula Edition vans available in 2019, fans of sporty Trafics are encouraged to race into their local Renault dealer before they sell out.”