New spin on double-cab
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.
Pure-electric Master ZE is designed for city delivery and shuttle-bus work. Range is about 150km.