Renault has updated its range of distribution vehicles with new versions of the Midlum and Premium with new cabs, chassis and powertrains. The Midlum range runs from 7.5 to 18 tonnes which the Premium Distribution runs from 16 to 26 tonnes.
The new Midlum range is fitted with the latest DXi5 engines, offering power ratings of 160, 190 and 220 hp and the DXi7, with 240 and 280 hp. Premium Distribution is equipped with the new DXi 7 engines, in ratings of 240, 280 and 320 hp, as well as the DXi 11 with 370, 410 and 450 hp. These use SCR to achieve Euro 4 emission standards.
The Midlum now has a dashboard-mounted gearshift lever with six different gearboxes, four manually operated and two automatic models, to cater for the widest possible range of needs.
The Premium Distribution is fitted with a choice of 6, 9 and 16-speed manual gearboxes featuring the super H control (superimposing gears), plus the new Optidriver+ robotised gearbox with a steering-wheel mounted control paired with the Dxi11 engine. This allows a weight saving of 60 kilos to be made compared with a manual gearbox as well as approximately 3 per cent lower fuel consumption.
Renault says maintenance costs for the new Midlum and Premium Distribution will be 15 per cent lower, according to the type of vehicle, owing to eliminating the first servicing after 20,000 kilometres, less frequent oil changes, predictive maintenance and a warning system designed to favour longer component life,.
Three cab lengths are available on the Midlum and Premium Distribution: Day: 1.60 m, Global 2 m and Sleeper 2.2 m. And there are three levels of finish, Authentique, Alliance and Privilège
In the 16-18 tonne sector, there is a tandem offer – the lightweight chassis and compact cab on the Midlum is aimed at those looking for a manoeuvrable vehicle with low deadweight while the Premium Distribution with its wider cab and more powerful engine offers a high performance vehicle with added cab comfort.