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Trevor Collett | Aug, 16 2013 | 2 Comments

Renault has launched its Master cab/chassis range in Australia this week, hoping to capitalise on surging sales in the light commercial vehicle market.

Sales of the French carmaker’s LCV range - Master, Trafic and Kangoo - are up 70 percent compared to the same time last year.

Now the Master 4.5 tonne cab/chassis joins the range, requiring only a regular driver’s licence and available with six-speed manual or “Quickshift” automated (no clutch pedal) transmissions.

There are three variants available: all are rear-wheel-drive with dual rear wheels and all can be optioned with a single cab or seven-seat dual cab, with the rear seat accommodating up to four people.

Power comes from the same 2.3 litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine in the Master van, although performance has been lifted to 110kW and 350Nm. The engine offers up to 30,000km service intervals (capped-price), determined by an “Oil Condition System”.

Australians accustomed to minimal safety features on LCVs will be pleased to find standard electronic stability control, rear-view camera, airbags and ABS along with a brake-pad wear indicator.

The interior features a chilled glove box, Bluetooth and satellite navigation along with a laptop table, which is fitted to the back of the foldable front middle seat.

The Master has a 2.5 tonne payload and can tow up to an additional 3 tonnes. It also comes with a three-year, 200,000km warranty.

The Renault Master cab/chassis is on sale now, priced from $45,490 for the single cab and $50,490 for the dual cab (plus on-road costs). The Quickshift gearbox is a $2,500 option.

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