Renault launches VIP shuttle Trafic SpaceClass at Cannes Film Festival

Article by Christian A., on May 19, 2017

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.

Press Release

The 70th Cannes International Film Festival marks the debut of Renault’s all-new vehicle: Trafic SpaceClass.

Trafic SpaceClass positions Renault in the high-end shuttle market, providing space and comfort for all passengers inside.

“Trafic SpaceClass is an entirely new product that fulfils the requirements of customers looking for a best-in-class driving and comfort experience. We chose the Cannes film festival as the first time to debut this high-end vehicle to show that it can be used effectively with VIPs and business people all the way to the airport.” Ashwani Gupta, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Renault-Nissan Light Commercial Vehicles Business Unit.

With room for up to nine people, Trafic SpaceClass boasts class-leading spaciousness and comfort. The modular design of the seats on rails in rows two and three enables over 50 different configurations, a unique feature in the segment. Each passenger is treated to the highest levels of comfort, with dark-tinted rear windows, regulated air conditioning, individual LED reading lamps, and exclusive leather upholstery available depending on the version. Trafic SpaceClass is also able to transform into a mobile office with pivoting seats and a removable central table containing numerous storage spaces, depending on the version. All versions are equipped with 220V and USB sockets for charging laptops and electronic devices, including in the rear of the vehicle.

The dashboard features a legion of practical and distinctive details, including a leather-covered steering wheel, a host of storage compartments, and chrome and gloss-black inserts. The 7-inch screen is home to the MediaNav navigation system or R-Link with Android Auto, and reversing camera, depending on the version.

Outside, Trafic SpaceClass stands out instantly through its front lighting signature, chrome grille and painted bumpers, as well as SpaceClass logos on the front wings, exclusive Comet Grey launch paint, numerous gloss-black details and 17-inch diamond-effect wheels, depending on the version.

Trafic SpaceClass targets professional customers placing a premium on the comfort of all passengers regardless of journey times. It is particularly adapted for companies and hotels operating shuttles from train stations and airports. The new high-end shuttle is perfect for passenger-transport professionals such as taxi drivers and independent chauffeurs. Trafic SpaceClass will also appeal to private customers like families looking for generous cabin volume and modularity.

Trafic SpaceClass will be launched starting in September 2017 in the main European markets.

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