- Renault increases the list price of the Master
- Newer, more powerful and efficient engines on offer
- New safety systems and DAB radio with Bluetooth standard
Renault has confirmed pricing for its recently updated Master van. Panel van basic prices now start at a slightly higher £21,120 plus VAT, Crew Vans start from £27,000 and the Conversions range starts from £23,300.
The face-lifted Renault heavyweight was unveiled at the CV Show earlier in the year, and it receives a new range of engines and a few extra gadgets but weights and dimensions remain unchanged. The order books are now open with first deliveries expected in September.
The Master is still powered by Renault-Nissan’s 2.3 litre dCi engine, an engine specifically designed for commercial vehicles, although the ECU has been adjusted to achieve five better outputs of between 108bhp and 163bhp. They are all mated to six-speed manual or Quickshift6 transmissions.
There are two standard power ratings of 108bhp (dCi 110) and 123bhp (dCi 125), and a further three ‘Energy’ variants with ratings of 108bhp (dCi 110 Energy), 133bhp (dCi 135 Energy) and 163bhp (dCi 165 Energy), the latter two receiving an extra turbo. Torque values range from 285Nm on the dCi 110 to 360Nm on the dCi 165.
‘Energy’ engines feature stop/start technology and other energy-saving devices to help improve fuel efficiency. The dCi 165, for example, returns up to 40.9mpg on the combined cycle which is respectable for a van of this size, although it’s still behind the Sprinter at 44.4mpg.
To meet upcoming legislation which comes into effect in October, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is now standard along with Hill Start Assist, Grip Xtend (more sophisticated traction control designed for slippery surfaces), and Trailer Swing Assist. In the cab, DAB radio with USB connectivity and Bluetooth is now on the standard specification list.
In addition to its range of factory-fitted options, Renault has forged a partnership with experienced vehicle storage specialist Bri-Stor, offering two types of off-the-shelf solution racking for its van range under the banner ‘Ready4Work’.
Renault says the order books are now open and deliveries should start to arrive in September.