The new Renault Trafic panel van will cost from £18,245 when it goes on sale in September.
From launch the Trafic will be available in low-roofed mode in two body lengths. High-roofed and platform cab variants will join the line-up in 2015. Three trim levels are up for grabs – Business, Business+ and Sport.
The entry point for the range, and the projected best-seller, is the Business. It features a height adjustable driver’s seat with armrest, near side loading door, reach and rake adjustable steering wheel, electric front windows, electric heated door mirrors, full steel bulkhead, spare wheel, remote central locking and deadlocking, plus 16 anchorage points (18 on long-wheelbase). A new standard addition to the Trafic is ESC with HSA (Hill Start Assist) and the Grip Xtend traction control system to cope with loose surfaces. It also gets DAB radio with USB connectivity as standard.
Customers opting for Business+, which has a £1100 step up in price on corresponding engines and bodystyles, get a fold down centre passenger seat with removable A4 clipboard, laptop storage, and smartphone dock as well as air-conditioning full steel bulkhead with load-through facility (up to 4.15m in the long wheelbase version), and Renault’s new Wide View Mirror. Set in the passenger side sun visor, the brand claimed it more than doubles the line of sight to the rear.
On the exterior the Business+ boasts a body-coloured front bumper, door rail and tail light column and rear parking sensors.
The flagship Sport comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, auto lights and wipers, Bluetooth, leather steering wheel, lidded upper dashboard storage, metallic paint and body coloured door mirrors and chrome grille, seven-inch touchscreen MediaNav multimedia and navigation system, cruise control, speed limiter and front fog lights.
Prices for the Sport van, which is only offered in low-roofed guise, range from £21,045 for the SWB SL27 dCi 115 to £23,445 for the LWB LL29 Energy dCi 140.
Meanwhile Vauxhall has announced that its version of the Trafic, the Luton-built Vivaro, will have a starting price of £17,995 for the panel van, which undercuts the outgoing model by £450.
The new Vivaro is available in two trim levels: Vivaro and Vivaro Sportive.
Top price for the entry-level panel van in double cab mode is £21,795. Prices for the panel van in Sportive trim go from £19,765 to £23,145.
The Vivaro also comes as a nine-seater combi and platform cab.
The combi ranges from £25,699 to £27,749 including VAT while the platform cab starts at £20,658.33 and rises to £21,858.33 excluding VAT. All prices listed here exclude VAT bar those for combi models.