The Renault Master large van range has received a significant update ahead of its debut in Australia towards the end of 2014.
The updated Renault Master was revealed at the 2014 Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham this week, boasting new twin-turbo engines with more power than the single-turbo versions they replace, as well as reduced fuel consumption.
The headline act is the twin-turbo 2.3-litre diesel, which produces 123kW of power and 360Nm of torque - 13kW and 10Nm more than the existing top-power single-turbo dCi150 with 110kW and 350Nm (which is currently the only engine option offered in Australia). There’s also a lower-output version of the twin-turbo diesel that produces 101kW, and all twin-turbo models come with a new electric steering system.
The entry-level 2.3-litre single-turbo diesel engine has been retained but now boasts more power and better economy. It is offered in two outputs - 82kW and 93kW - but those two engines are unlikely to offered locally.
As is the case with the current Master range, all van variants excluding the extra-long wheelbase high-roof model are front wheel drive, while the Master Ute range is only available in rear-drive.
New safety equipment is also available, including revised electronic stability control with load sensing, hill start assist, and a traction control assistance system known as Grip Xtend designed to help keep things moving on mud, snow and sand. A trailer sway detection feature will also be offered on models equipped with the towing package.
Cosmetically there are some changes to the Master line, including a revised grille that brings the large van into line with the rest of the Renault range. The line-up also sees the inclusion of a new rear-drive single-wheel van with a wider load space.
In Australia, the Master van range is currently available in four body styles – short-wheelbase low-roof (5.048 metres long), medium-wheelbase mid-roof (5.548m long), long-wheelbase mid-roof (6.198m long) and extra-long-wheelbase high-roof (6.848m long). Each is available with a six-speed manual or six-speed automated manual.
Renault Australia confirmed the new-look model would be offered in Australia with new engines, but there’s no further details on specifications for the revamped van at this stage.
The new Master will arrive towards the end of 2014. It will be followed by the Master Ute models – which only launched here late in 2013 – which are expected to carry over similar changes.
It is expected that Renault will continue to offer its three-year/200,000km warranty for the new model.