Renault Master, Trafic and Kangoo set for off-road upgrades

By Ryan Lewis, 22 Apr 2016 Car News

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Renault Master, Trafic and Kangoo set for off-road upgrades

Renault has beefed up three of its light commercial vehicles by adding a package of rugged upgrades making them more capable on challenging terrain.

Renault vans Kangoo, Trafic and Master – small, medium and large, respectively – can now be optioned in Europe with the X-Track pack, adding a limited slip differential, raised suspension for more ground clearance, all-weather tyres and improved underbody protection.

Renault Australia has said it will “evaluate these new additions with a view to making them available in due course.”

Renault Kangoo

The new X-Track technology is designed to suit business owners who need their vans to work in tough conditions.

“Compared with a standard transmission, the new Renault X-Track 4x2 technology delivers superior mobility on difficult terrain, in snow, unsealed surfaces and on poor quality roads,” said Lyndon Healey, Renault Australia model line manager for light commercial vehicles.

Renault Kangoo X-Track rear

“The Renault X-Track 4x2 is an alternative to four-wheel drive when off-road capability is not required. It delivers exceptional performance on poor roads and in difficult conditions. The option is available on Kangoo, Trafic and Master from the factory and we plan to evaluate the systems locally to determine their suitability for the Australian market,” Lyndon says.

On top of the X-Track upgrades, Renault Australia may offer a 4x4 version of its large Master van. Master will soon be available in Europe with 4x4 functionality in Master cab-chassis, Single and Dual Cab models, and for rear-wheel drive van bodies.

Renault Master X-Track otpion

“Renault Australia will carry out specific market evaluation on the Master 4x4 in the near future to determine its suitability for our driving conditions,” Lyndon says.

“There is a large market for 4x4 Dual Cabs in Australia and with our high payload and up to 7-seat capacity, a Master 4x4 could be a handy addition to the range,” he says.

Renault Master X-Track