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by Tim Beissmann

The 2015 Renault Master range has arrived in Australia with a pair of new twin-turbocharged diesel engines, six new body configurations, and additional safety features and equipment.

The new 2.3-litre four-cylinder twin-turbo diesel engine with fuel-saving stop-start technology finds its way under the bonnet of all manual variants of the 2015 Master range.

Entry-level L1H1 front-wheel-drive variants are equipped with a 100kW/340Nm tune of the engine, while all other lengths, heights and body styles get the more powerful 120kW/360Nm version.

Master models optioned with Renault’s ‘QuickShift’ automated six-speed transmission continue with the 110kW/350Nm single-turbo engine.

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Renault says the six new variants push the 2015 Master into new segments of the market. Added to the range is a FWD van suitable for conversion to a passenger bus; a FWD platform-cab suitable for body-builders and converters; and a new 4.5-tonne GVM enhanced-payload rear-wheel-drive L3H2 long-wheelbase van, which Renault claims is ideal for refrigeration conversions.

The 2015 Renault Master’s safety package has been upgraded to include hill start assist, Renault Grip Xtend for enhanced traction on soft ground, and trailer swing assist for better control when towing.

A wide-view mirror in the passenger sun visor also claims to improve rear visibility and reduce left-side blind spots.

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Renault has also improved the optional Pro and Premium packages for the Master van, cab-chassis and window van models. The latter, for example, costs $2490 and includes driver and passenger side airbags, auto headlights and wipers, foglights, climate control, rear window demister, cornering double optic headlights, hands-free key, storage compartment under passenger bench, integrated TomTom satellite navigation, reverse-view camera, and addition door and storage compartments.

 

2015 Renault Master pricing (before on-road costs):
Vans
L1H1 SWB Low Roof 100kW Diesel 2.3L Manual FWD $40,990 (+$500)
L1H1 SWB Low Roof 120kW Diesel 2.3L Manual FWD $41,990 (new model)
L1H1 SWB Low Roof 110kW Diesel 2.3L Automatic FWD $43,490 (+$500)
L2H2 MWB Mid Roof 120kW Diesel 2.3L Manual FWD $45,490 (+$500)
L2H2 MWB Mid Roof 110kW Diesel 2.3L Automatic FWD $47,990 (+$500)
L3H2 LWB Mid Roof 120kW Diesel 2.3L Manual FWD $46,990 (+$1000)
L3H2 LWB Mid Roof 110kW Diesel 2.3L Automatic FWD $49,490 (+$1000)
L3H2 LWB Mid Roof Window Van 110kW Diesel 2.3L Auto FWD $50,490 (new model)
L3H2 LWB Mid Roof 120kW Diesel 2.3L Manual RWD $49,990 (new model)
L3H2 LWB Mid Roof 110kW Diesel 2.3L Automatic RWD $52,490 (new model)
L4H3 ELWB High Roof 120kW Diesel 2.3L Manual RWD $51,990 (+$500)
L4H3 ELWB High Roof 110kW Diesel 2.3L Automatic RWD $54,490 (+$500)

Platform cabs
L3 Platform Cab 120kW Diesel 2.3L Manual FWD $41,490 (new model)
L3 Platform Cab 110kW Diesel 2.3L Automatic FWD $43,990 (new model)

Cab/Chassis
L3 Single Cab Chassis 120kW Diesel 2.3L Manual RWD $46,990 (+$1000)
L3 Single Cab Chassis 110kW Diesel 2.3L Automatic RWD $49,490 (+$1000)
L4 Single Cab Chassis 120kW Diesel 2.3L Manual RWD $47,990 (no change)
L4 Single Cab Chassis 110kW Diesel 2.3L Automatic RWD $50,490 (no change)
L4 Dual Cab Chassis 120kW Diesel 2.3L Manual RWD $51,490 (no change)
L4 Dual Cab Chassis 110kW Diesel 2.3L Automatic RWD $53,990 (no change)




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