Renault Trafic Trader Life hits the street
Renault has introduced a cut-price van to compete against the segment’s sharpest rivals.
Introducing the new Trader Life to its Trafic lineup, the French brand has pared-down the light commercial van to a high-value proposition.
Available in just Glacier White paint and on a short-wheelbase with left-hand sliding door and rear lift-up tailgate, the Trader Life is aimed at the owner-operator market, hitting showrooms at $29,990 driveaway for ABN holders, thousands less than the recommended list price of $32,990 plus on-road costs.
Power is delivered by an older-generation 1.6-litre turbo diesel motor through a six-speed manual transmission, producing 66kW at 3500rpm and 260Nm of torque from 1500rpm. However, payload capacity in the 5.2 cubic metre cargo area remains strong at a rated 1235kg and fuel economy is a claimed 6.2L/100km on the government combined cycle.
Small businesses will also benefit from a three-year, unlimited kilometre warranty and a complimentary four-year roadside assistance package, provided the van is serviced at an authorised Renault dealership. Servicing intervals are every 30,000km or 12 months, and capped at $549 per visit.
As a no-frills proposition, the cabin is sparse, catering for three occupants on a bench seat with a Bluetooth-enabled head unit, two airbags, cruise control and air conditioning being the main highlights. No factory cost-options are available but like all Trafic models the Trader Life can be spruced up with dealer fit accessories.
The Trafic Trader Life is available to order now.
2019 Renault Trafic pricing:
SWB Trader Life 66kW Manual - $32,990 ($29,990 driveaway at launch)
SWB Single Turbo 85kW Manual - $35,490
SWB Twin Turbo 103kW Manual - $38,490
LWB Twin Turbo 103kW Manual - $39,990
LWB Crew 103kW Manual - $43,490
Alex Rae is Drive’s Melbourne based reporter with over 10 years’ experience in the automotive industry as a photographer and journalist. Having studied both engineering and the arts, Alex understands what makes things tick while appreciating that sometimes it’s all about form over matter…