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Renault Trafic range receives 2022 facelift

Revised engine and trim specifications for Renault's familiar mid-sized van

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Renault has revised the Trafic van, originally launched in 2019, with updated diesel engines featuring stop and start systems, plus revisions to the exterior and interior of the vehicle.

Revisions to the front of the vehicle include standard LED lighting across the range, with C-shaped running lights and a re-designed front bumper. Renault claims that the LED headlights provide a 15-metre greater range than before. The front fog lights also incorporate a cornering function. All models are fitted with larger door mirrors too.

Short and long wheelbase variants are available and both can be specified with a low or high roof option. A long wheelbase crew van completes the range, with a second row of passenger seats accessed by sliding doors each side.

Payload ranges from 870kg to 1,166kg with load volume ranging between 6m3 and 9m3 for the panel van, depending on model. The crew van offers a load volume of 4m3. Up to 16 tie-down points are fitted to the load space.

Four trim levels are on offer, starting with the entry level Business, rising through Business+ and Sport to the range-topping Sport+.

Inside, the dashboard gains new designs for the gear lever and steering wheel, with chrome trim for the heater controls. The instrument panel gains a basic monochrome display with Business and Business+ specification or a larger four-inch colour display for Sport and Sport+ models.

Depending on variant, a new eight-inch display may be fitted to the centre of the dashboard, covering functions from satellite navigation to radio controls, phone connection, Bluetooth and other vehicle settings.

Standard equipment for Business specification includes LED headlights and daytime running lights, 16-inch steel wheels, DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity, with USB socket and auxiliary input. Other equipment includes electric front windows, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors and remote central locking. Cruise control with adjustable speed limiter, ESC with Hill Start Assist and Grip Xtend are also included.

Business+ models gain body coloured door rails and rear tail light column and a chrome grille. Standard equipment includes the eight-inch Easy Link touchscreen, DAB radio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay phone integration and manual air conditioning.

Mobile Office brings a fold-down middle passenger seat with detachable A4 clipboard and laptop storage, with extra storage beneath the passenger seat. The bulkhead gains a through loading facility. Then there’s a wide view mirror and rear parking sensors.

Sport variants gain satellite navigation with three years’ connected navigation services, LED interior lighting and upgraded upholstery. 17-inch alloy wheels are also standard with body coloured front bumper, door mirrors and fog lights. Safety enhancements include the Active Emergency Braking System, Driver Attention Alert system and automatic headlights and windscreen wipers.

Sport+ gains keyless entry, climate control, metallic paint and body-coloured side mouldings. Driver aids include a rear parking camera, lane departure warning system and traffic sign recognition.

Power comes from Renault’s 1,997cc common-rail diesel. New to the range is a 110hp rating available only in Business spec with manual transmission.

The 130hp rating is also new. This engine is available with Business, Business+ and Sport variants with manual transmission. The 150hp engine is offered in all models except Business and is available either with the six-speed manual transmission, or with a twin-clutch automated six-speed transmission.

The 170hp variant is restricted to Sport and Sport+ models and like the 150hp engine, is available with manual or automated transmission. There is no electric option with the current model, but a new Trafic is expected at the end of this year and an electric variant is likely to be offered with the new model.

Prices for the 2022 model year New Trafic start from £25,700 (ex-VAT).

John Kendall
John Kendall
Began working for a motor industry consultancy in 1988 before moving into automotive journalism in 1990. Freelance since 2001. Chairman of the UK-based Guild of Motoring Writers in 2006-7.

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