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First look at new Renault Trafic and Vauxhall Vivaro

  • 18 March 2014
  • By George Barrow

Following last month’s release of artistic sketches of the new Renault Trafic and Vauxhall Vivaro, the first photos and initial details of the new van have been released ahead of the new vehicle’s debut at April’s CV Show in Birmingham. Heralding the end of a 13 year production run, the second generation of joint-venture vehicles use a common platform, with shared running gear and engines underneath different body panel pressings to create two distinctive new models to represent each manufacturer’s current design preferences.

Nissan, who also re-badged the first generation Trafic/Vivaro as their own Primastar model, are not planning to participate in the join-venture, and are thought to be exploring other opportunities for their own mid-sized panel van.

See exclusive spy photos of the new Renault Trafic and Vauxhall Vivaro

Power for both Renault and Vauxhall models will come from a new 1.6-litre turbodiesel,  which according to Vauxhall will be available in two power outputs of 89hp and 113hp, with a more powerful twin turbo engine delivering 118hp and 138hp. Fuel economy will improve over the outgoing model, with Renault quoting a 39.2mpg fuel economy for its new twin turbo model, and Vauxhall stating a preliminary combined fuel consumption figure of 47mpg for new turbo powertrains.

Both models are said to increase upon current load volume capacities, with two different heights and two different body lengths available that will see the Vivaro’s length extended by 216mm to 4998mm and 5398mm respectively for standard and long-wheelbase models. Customers will also be able to choose between panel van, crew-cab, chassis cab and minibus versions.

Vauxhall Vivaro production will remain at its plant in Luton, while Renault Trafic models will be assembled at the new Sandouville plant in France which underwent more than €230m (£192m) of investment to meet production demands. Sales of both models are expected to begin in late 2014.


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