Renault ready for van upgrade


Renault prepares to pull wraps off 2010 models, with Australia expected to receive the latest models before the end of the year

March 16, 2010

With Europe’s top-selling van range to its credit, Renault is preparing to pull the wraps off the 2010 models, with Australia expected to receive the latest models before the end of the year.

Renault is debuting new models of the Master, Trafic and Kangoo Express Maxi, with a choice of power outputs, wheelbases and payloads.

Heading the range will be the Master, available with a revised 2.3-litre dCi engine, available in 100, 125 or 150 horsepower guise.

However, Renault engineers claim to have reduced fuel consumption by 1 litre per 100 kilometres, compared with the current model.

Also changed for the new model is the rear-wheel-drive, which allows a fourth wheelbase to be added to the range, with a load capacity of up to 22 cubic metres.

The mid-sized Trafic model features a re-designed dash, increasing the storage spaces and also adding passenger car-type driving aids, while the 2.0-litre dCi engine will add a diesel particulate filter with recalibration of the engine controls to also reduce fuel consumption.

At the bottom-end of the scale comes the new Kangoo Express Maxi, offering a 40cm longer wheelbase to create a load volume of up to 4.6 cubic metres and a maximum load length at floor level of 2.90 metres.

The timing of the Australian launch is to be confirmed, however, it is expected to take place in the second half of 2010.

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