Re­nault bridges the gap

The com­pact, low-roof Mas­ter van ar­rives as a happy medium

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Working Wheels - JAMES STAN­FORD james.stan­ford@cars­guide.com.au

L1H1 ... it might sound like the name of a ter­ri­ble virus but it is a new Re­nault van that helps bridge the gap be­tween the mid-sized Trafic van and its big brother, the Mas­ter.

The L1H1 Mas­ter, which Re­nault refers to as the Low Roof model, fol­lows the ad­di­tion of a Mas­ter cab chas­sis model and a high roof van vari­ant to the Aus­tralian Re­nault line-up.

It is 500mm shorter than the next small­est Mas­ter and its roof is 195mm lower. The smaller foot­print makes the van more ag­ile — it has a rel­a­tively small turn­ing cir­cle of 12 me­tres.

Re­nault says the new com­pact Mas­ter is aimed at ur­ban oper­a­tors mak­ing sev­eral stops per day and who need a lit­tle bit more cargo vol­ume than a Trafic.

The L1H1 has 33 per cent more cargo ca­pac­ity than the long-wheel­base Trafic, which is phys­i­cally longer than the new Mas­ter vari­ant.

Its cargo ca­pac­ity is 8m3, putting it be­tween the 6m3 of the long wheel­base Trafic and the 10.8m3 of the medium wheel­base Mas­ter. It has a pay­load of 1600kg.

The L1H1 has seat­ing for three and space for two 1200mm square pal­lets in the cargo area.

There is just one en­gine, a 2.3-litre four-cylin­der turbo diesel (110kW/350Nm).

Re­nault Aus­tralia light commercial ve­hi­cle man­ager Lyn­don Healey says the L1H1 is a city-friendly van for oper­a­tors who want de­cent car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity in a shorter ve­hi­cle.

“The L1H1 is al­most the same length as a typ­i­cal large Aus­tralian fam­ily sedan, so it can fit into me­tered park­ing spa­ces, a big ad­van­tage over some ri­vals,” he says.

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