Renault Shows Diesel has a Way to Go

While we are being told the future belongs to the BEV, in many markets the present is firmly diesel power as confirmed by Renault’s powertrain line-up for its new Traffic Passenger.

Aimed squarely at the commercial mobility and large private family market, the LCV-based vehicle is exclusively powered by the automaker’s latest version of its 2.0-liter turbo-diesel engine. It is available in European markets in dCi 110, dCi 150 and dCi 170 forms. All versions are front-wheel drive and feature fuel-saving Stop & Start functionality, helping the Trafic Passenger’s compliance with the most stringent Euro 6D-full emissions regulations.

Entry level is with the dCi 110 fitted with a six-speed manual transmission, producing 107bhp and 236ft-lbs of torque while claiming up to 39.8mpg (33.14mpg US) combined and emitting just 186g/km of CO2.

Next up is dCi 150 variant with 146bhp, 258ft-lbs of torque and is available with the six-speed manual or six-speed EDC dual-clutch automatic transmissions. The manual variant returns up to 39.2mpg and as little as 185g/km of CO2 emissions, while the smooth-shifting EDC dual-clutch automatic returns 38.2mpg (32.64mpg US) and 194g/km of CO2.

Topping the range is the dCi 170 engine is available exclusively with the smooth-shifting EDC automatic gearbox, producing 166bhp and 280ft-lbs of torque while returning up to 37.7mpg (31.39mpg US) combined and CO2 emissions at 196g/km. Claiming a 115mph top speed it will and accelerate from standstill to 62mph in 10.6 seconds. This powertrain is reserved for New Trafic Passenger Sport models, available in both SWB and LWB body lengths. European prices start from £28,750 ($39,880) plus purchase tax.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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