Renault’s Master load-hauler range in Australia is now capable of transporting a different type of cargo with the local launch of the Master Bus.
Based on the Master L3H2 long-wheelbase van, the Bus can carry up to 12 passengers including the driver, rated to 3.9 tonnes GVM with a payload of 1252kg.
The 12-passenger limit allows the Bus to be driven with a ‘car’ licence in Australian states and territories.
If the passengers have packed for all seasons, the Master Bus can also tow up to 2.5 tonnes and the roof is rated to carry 200kg (including the roof racks).
Power comes from a 110kW/350Nm 2.3 litre turbo-diesel engine, matched with a six-speed ‘automated manual’ transmission and driving the front wheels.
A sliding door is standard, fitted to the near side, while the rear can be accessed through dual barn doors.
Renault says a “typical Australian-sized male” can stand inside the Master Bus without his head striking the roof, but the overall height has been kept to 2475mm.
Each of the 12 seats is fitted with a seatbelt, while two also feature ISOFIX child seat fittings. A second air conditioning unit serves passengers in the main seating area.
Buyers can choose from no less than 10 paint finishes and two option packs: Premium and Luxury.
The Premium Pack ($3590) is available now, and adds power to the left-side sliding door, auto headlights, four USB charging points, LED roof lighting, rear window curtains and more.
The Luxury Pack ($7990) will be available later in the year, bringing all Premium Pack features plus leather for all of the seats, lane-departure warning, auto high-beam and tinted windows.
Also coming at a later stage is a stripped-out version of the Master Bus, designed to accommodate modifications for wheelchair access.
“We’ve decided to bring the Master Bus to the Australian market because we recognise the demand for an affordably-priced, high quality, well-equipped, comfortable and spacious bus that requires no compromises by customers or passengers,” Renault Australia’s Lyndon Healey said.
“Renault has long been a supplier of buses for hotels, schools, aged care and private transport companies across Europe, and we are pleased to be able to offer this product to similar customer groups here in Australia in 2016.”
The 2016 Renault Master Bus is on sale now, with prices starting from $59,990 plus on-road costs.