Renault » Maxity '12
Launched in 2007, the Renault Maxity has been upgraded to comply with the new Euro 5 standards for light commercial vehicles (under 3.5 t). The main improvement is a higher engine power rating. Maxity is now available with a choice of two engines, both featuring high-pressure common rail injection and three power ratings: DXi 2.5 L 120 hp at 3,600 rpm with a torque of 250 Nm at 1,600 rpm; DXi 2.5 L 140 hp at 3,600 rpm with a torque of 270 Nm at 1,800 rpm; DXi 3 L 150 hp at 3,400 rpm with a torque of 350 Nm at 1,600 rpm.
The DXi 2.5 L engine provides an excellent compromise between a flat torque range and low weight, delivering greater flexibility and mobility. Consumption benefits with a 4% reduction compared with the previous model. Oil drain frequency has been increased from 30,000 to 40,000 km under standard conditions, reducing operating costs for customers. The DXi 3 L engine, which will be homologated Euro V, will also meet EEV standards, particularly because of its automatic or manually regenerated particulate filter which is fitted as standard. Furthermore, this engine will be combined with a variable geometry turbocompressor, reaching its maximum torque at 1,200 rpm. The limited slip differential, already available as an option on the DXi 2.5, is now also available on the DXi 3 to improve the vehicle's pulling power when being used under extreme conditions.
The drive axle carrier ratio offering has been slightly adjusted with, in particular, the introduction of a longer drive axle carrier ratio on the DXi 2.5 (140 hp version), allowing the new engine's fuel consumption to be cut even further, by as much as 8%. On the 120 hp version, clutch diameter has now been increased from 240 mm to 250 mm to even further extend its operational life.
In terms of design, a better ventilated bumper, with a more aggressive design, enhances the Renault Maxity's "real little truck" appearance. Driver comfort has also been improved thanks to new acoustic panels fitted to the rear of the cab, on the engine tunnel and the sides of the doors. These also have a new insulation panel which improves the acoustic insulation while at the same time balancing pressure within the cab to make the doors easier to close.