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Renault Trafic 2020 pricing and spec confirmed: HiAce battler gets major upgrade under the hood

Renault's Trafic gets an aesthetic upgrade alongside new tech and engines.

Renault is bringing the fight to the Hyundai iLoad and Toyota HiAce in the commercial van segment by offering significant upgrades on its Trafic van for 2020.

The biggest news for the Trafic is that it will be available with a dual-clutch automatic for the first time after over a decade of being manual-only.

The new six-speed auto transmission will be available on a single ‘Premium’ variant (in either short- or long-wheelbase) which will exclusively mate to a brand-new engine option – a 125kW/380Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel.

This new engine option is not only the most powerful in the class – it is also compliant with Euro 6 emissions regulations. It is touted to consume 7.3 litres of diesel per 100km on the combined cycle.

The existing manual-only 85kW/300Nm 1.6-litre single-turbo diesel Pro and 103kW/340Nm twin-turbo Premium continue to be offered in facelifted guise, although the ‘Crew Lifestyle’ variant has been upgraded to the 2.0L auto engine spec and is no longer available with a manual.

Spec upgrades across the range now include overhauled styling with the brand’s signature C-shaped lighting strips, LED headlights, a reversing camera, and the option of LED floodlights for the load area. Renault says it added these items to the standard specification due to customer feedback.

The base Trafic Pro now includes reversing camera, auto LED headlights and rain-sensing wipers, leather-wrapped steering wheel, foglights, turn-key ignition, and under-bench storage. The Pro has a tailgate as standard rather than the barn doors available on the rest of the range.

Even the base van wears LED headlights in Renault's signature pattern. Even the base van wears LED headlights in Renault's signature pattern.

Stepping up to the Premium (which can be had either with the 1.6 as a manual or new 2.0L as an auto) increases specification to include a 7.0-inch multimedia touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and built-in nav, workstation bench, bulkhead with load-through flap, sliding door on driver’s side, stop/start system, and security deadlocking.

The Crew Lifestyle variant includes body-coloured bumpers, side door protective plates, chrome trimmings, climate control, 17-inch alloy wheels, heated driver’s seat, keyless entry and push-start ignition, as well as privacy glass for the rear occupants.

Options include the trade pack ($1600) for the Pro which upgrades specification to include the multimedia touchscreen, wide-view mirror, wooden floor paneling, protective wall lining, a heavy duty battery, a spare wheel basket, and LED load space lighting. A second sliding door and nav system are separately priced options. The trade pack can add the same items sans the screen to the Premium at $1400.

The Premium also has access to the business pack ($2000) which includes 17-inch alloys, keyless entry, climate control, and matching body-colour paneling.

The Trafic is covered by a three-year/unlimited kilometre warranty which can be extended to five years/200,000km at a cost of $2690.

The Trafic’s service intervals are 12 months or 30,000km and are capped at $549 for the first three services.

A similar update for the Master van in the size category above is due shortly.

Renault Trafic 2020 price

 Short wheelbaseLong wheelbase
Pro manual$36,490$38,490
Premium manual$39,490$41,490
Premium auto$43,490$45,490
Crew Lifestyle--$52,490
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