The 70th Cannes International Film Festival isn’t just about films and celebrities. During this year’s event, French automaker Renault surprised us with their range topping high-end shuttle, the Trafic SpaceClass. The van was used as a shuttle for VIPs going to the event.
The name “SpaceClass” comes from the idea that the luxury van provides both “space and comfort” for up to nine passengers. Renault expects the van to be part of the luxurious shuttle market, along with its competitors: the Citroën Spacetourer and the Peugeot Traveller.
SpaceClass comes in an exclusive shade of grey paint, exclusive head- and taillights, gloss black detailing, colour-coded bumpers, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Though it may just look like a regular van from the outside, don’t judge the SpaceClass based on its exterior, as all the amazing features can be found inside the cabin.
Apart from accommodating nice passengers with sliding doors on both sides, the middle and last row seats are mounted on rails, which means that the main passenger area can be configured up to 50 ways. The seats can be positioned in the traditional way facing the front, and can also be twisted for a lounge-like or office set up. For the range-topper, a central table is available, which can be moved around the rails to be configured as a working desk, a coffee table, an arm rest, or can be removed completely.
The passenger area comes standard with dark-tinted windows, and features USB charging ports, 220V outlets, regulated air conditioning, and even individual LED reading lights. Depending on the trim, the SpaceClass may get leather upholstery, leather covered steering wheel, pivoting seats, a reversing camera, and a 7.0-inch MediaNav infotainment system with satellite navigation on the dashboard.
SpaceClass is scheduled to arrive in the European market this September for a starting price of about £32,000 or more, just a little more than the Spacetourer which costs £30,270. This initial release will then be followed by a UK release about a month after.
According to Ashwani Gupta, Senior Vice President Global Head of Renault-Nissan Light Commercial Vehicles Business Unit, “Trafic SpaceClass is an entirely new product that fulfills the requirements of customers looking for a best-in-class driving and comfort experience”.
The French company expects “professional customers” such as high-end taxi drivers, chauffeurs, and companies running shuttle services to and from airports and hotels to be their main target market. However, they also expect a handful of private buyers. So if you are a person of significance or the like, you might find yourself in this van taking you from the airport to the hotel, instead of the typical limo.