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Renault has joined the ranks of van-based people carriers by launching the Renault Trafic Spaceclass.

First seen at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2017 the Traffic Spaceclass is on sale now, at prices ranging from £32,500 to £38,600, excluding VAT.

The new variant of the well-known van can seat up to nine and Renault describes it as a ‘high-end shuttle’ for business and VIP transport, it is also expected to appeal to taxi drivers and independent chauffeurs.

Based on the specification of the Traffic Passenger Sport model, the Spaceclass goes on sale in three versions, dubbed Standard, Adventurer and Prestige.

Adventurer and Prestige versions include a modular format interior, with the second and third row of seats mounted on rails allowing a wide range of layouts – Renault says that up to 50 different seating configurations are available.

The Adventurer includes a pair of second-row ‘Captain Chair’ format seats that pivot, while the third-row rear bench can fold fully flat to from a bed – Renault claims this is unique in the sector.

The range-topping Prestige includes leather upholstery. Renault says that this combined with the Captain Chairs allows the model to function as a mobile company boardroom.

Standard equipment across all three versions includes privacy rear glass, climate control with manual heating and air conditioning in the rear passenger area and six individual LED reading lamps. Reflecting its target customer base, the vehicle also includes 220V and USB sockets throughout the interior for charging laptops and electronic devices.

The Trafic Spaceclass is offered in both short or long-wheelbase form across all three trim levels. All three also offer a choice of two 1.6-litre diesel engines with 125 or 145hp outputs, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. Best combined cycle fuel economy is 48.7mpg with CO2 emissions of 155g/km.

First deliveries of the Traffic Spaceclass are expected in January 2018.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.