Take a long ride
Wheelbase and tray make the Master the tradies’ stretch limo
THE Little Master might have played his last innings but Renault hopes its big Master has a long career ahead of it.
Sachin Tendulkar played his last innings in India recently, but the van thatis a near namesake is just getting started in Australia thanks to an aggressive pricing strategy and a new ute version.
This cab-chassis is aimed right at the lucrative tradie market. It is rated for a maximum weight of 4500kg, which means it can carry a decent load, but more importantly, can be driven using a regular car licence.
Renault says its new hauler has twice the cargo space of a regular ute, at a comparable price, starting at $45,490.
That price is for the single cab, while a crew cab version is available at $45,490, both plus on-roads.
The Master cab-chassis is diesel only, powered by a 2.3litre direct injection turbo fourcylinder (110kW/350Nm). Maximum torque is on tap from 1500rpm-2750rpm. The standard transmission is a sixspeed manual, while a six-speed automated manual adds $2500.
Vans in the Master range are front-drive, the cab-chassis utes drive via the rear wheels, which most operators regard as a major plus. The Master van has dual rear wheels for maximum traction and stability.
An automatic differential lock, which helps get the upower down on slippery and uneven surfaces is standard on the crew cab and optional on the single cab version.
The Master ute’s payload comes in at 2500kg, while another 3000kg can be hauled using a braked trailer.
The cab-chassis model is available 3682mm and 4332mm wheelbases and the crew-cab only in the longer configuration.
The crew cab is officially able to seat seven, although the four people sitting on the rear bench would want to be very good friends.
Customers can fit trays measuring up to 5500mm for the single cab, which is a vast area for a tradie. Renault suggests the Master cab-chassis is not only an option for tradespeople, but says a refrigerated box could be fitted for food haulage, while a regular box could be fitted in order to turn the Master into a compact removal van.
Renault also offers a choice of drop-side trays that are sourced locally and available in either aluminium or steel.
Standard safety equipment for the cab-chassis Master includes Electronic Stability Control, traction control, antilock brakes, dual front airbags and an adjustable speed limiter. There is even a feature that lets you know when the brake pads are wearing thin.
Standard comfort features include airconditioning, Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming, remote central locking, chilled glovebox, multifunction trip computer and overhead storage. There are power windows in the front, with rear window winders (remember them?) in the crew-cab.
Options include a power take-off for pumps etc, Isri suspended driver’s seat, satnav and towing pack.
The cab-chassis has capped price servicing for 90,000km. This puts a limit on some, but not all, costs. Master service intervals are 30,000km, the warranty is three years/200,000km. Three years’ roadside assistance is standard.