Renault unveils Master and Trafic facelifts… plus new Kangoo teaser

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019   |   Author: Sean Keywood

Renault has revealed revised versions of its Master and Trafic vans, along with a concept previewing its next Kangoo.

The facelifted Master, which will go on sale in September, has been given a restyled front end, with an elevated bonnet line and revised vertical grille, along with a new C-shaped lighting signature.

Changes have also been made to the cabin, including a revised dashboard and instrument panel, a fully integrated touchscreen and increased storage, up to 105 litres.

There’s a docking station for tablets in the centre of the dashboard, and depending on spec, R-Link Evolution and Media Nav Evolution infotainment systems are available, with Apple Carplay and Android Auto compatibility.

New LED lighting and entry and exit handles have been added to the load area.

New driver assistance systems are also available, including rear view assist, side wind assist, front parking assist and blind spot warning, while autonomous emergency braking is now optional across the range.

Engines are 2.3-litre diesels, available with up to 180hp and, depending on the version, compliant with Euro 6 or 6-Temp (6.2) emissions standards.

These are paired with six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.

The facelifted Master will also be available as a Z.E. electric model, with a 76hp electric motor and a 33kWh battery, with a claimed 120km real world driving range.

The exterior changes with the revised Trafic, also available from September, are more restrained, but include a revised grille, new LED headlights and the C-shaped lighting signature, while the cabin gets an updated dashboard design, a new gear knob and new upholstery.

R-Link Evolution infotainment is available, compatible with Android Auto, or Media Nav Evolution is compatible with Android Auto and Apple Carplay.

There’s also a new single DIN stereo with a new microphone for better call quality, with digital radio optional.

The load area gets more powerful LED lighting and a new optional polypropylene lining.

The revised Trafic comes with a new three-button folding key or a Renault hands-free card with single door opening option.

New driver assistance systems include front and rear parking sensors with a rear parking camera, and trailer swing assist.

There’s also a wide view mirror acting as a blind spot mirror in the passenger sunvisor.

The Trafic gets a new range of 2.0-litre diesel engines with outputs ranging from 120hp to 170hp, which Renault says offer reduced fuel consumption compared with the previous units.

A six-speed automatic gearbox option has also been added to the range, alongside a six-speed manual.

Renault has also pulled the covers off the Kangoo Z.E Concept, which it says previews the next Kangoo, due to arrive next year.

Features of the concept include a glazed and fully transparent front grille, a cross-shaped pattern of light dots on the side, and a luminous line around the sides and back of the van.

Renault claims the vehicle has been designed to be ‘sophisticated and muscular’, without affecting carrying capacity.

 



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