New spin on dou­ble-cab

Matamata Chronicle - - Motoring - MO­TOR­ING

Dou­ble-cab pickup trucks are very much the thing in the Kiwi com­mer­cial mar­ket.

But Re­nault New Zealand will be show­cas­ing a dou­ble-cab with a twist at this year’s Feil­days in Hamil­ton (June 14-17), with a spe­cially con­fig­ured ver­sion of its range-top­ping Mas­ter van.

The Mas­ter Dou­ble Cab is based on the ‘‘ex­tra long wheel­base’’ plat­form, with seven seats and a large drop­side tray that takes it to nearly seven me­tres in length.

The ex­am­ple spe­cially or­dered by Re­nault NZ for Fiel­d­ays is also four-wheel drive, with ground clear­ance of ap­prox­i­mately 200mm and a ford­ing depth of 300mm.

The elec­tronic 4WD sys­tem can be shifted ‘‘on the fly’’ and locked at up to 25kmh. Above that speed the ve­hi­cle re­verts to RWD.

The tray pay­load is two tonnes and the ve­hi­cle can tow three tonnes.

The show ve­hi­cle is de­signed to il­lus­trate what’s pos­si­ble with the Mas­ter pickup truck, which will be of­fered here in sin­gle and dou­ble-cab, rear or four-wheel drive, with man­ual and au­to­mated trans­mis­sions.

Key ap­pli­ca­tions for the Mas- ter Dou­ble Cab are forestry or deep-coun­try work, where a com­bi­na­tion of five-plus work crews and bulky equip­ment have to be trans­ported across rough ter­rain.

Sim­i­lar fea­tures can be fit­ted to the con­ven­tional Mas­ter van, with a com­bi­na­tion of Euro­pean spec­i­fi­ca­tion and dis­trib­u­torap­proved lo­cal mod­i­fi­ca­tion. The ul­ti­mate is a 17-seat 4WD off-road ver­sion.

There are fur­ther up­grades com­ing across the Re­nault com­mer­cial range. The pint-sized Kan­goo will be switch­ing from a 1.6-litre en­gine to a new 1.2-litre turbo with six-speed au­to­matic gear­box.

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Pure-elec­tric Mas­ter ZE is de­signed for city de­liv­ery and shut­tle-bus work. Range is about 150km.

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