Renault has supersized its Master commercial van for 2014 by adding the gargantuan High Roof RWD model to the range.
Able to carry a 2134kg payload and offering 17 cubic metres of capacity, the Master High Roof is the largest non-truck Renault available today, and the only RWD variant of the Master van range.
To put the Master High Roof's prodigious volume into perspective, 17 cubic metres translates into 17,000 litres - or roughly 50 times the boot capacity of a Ford Focus hatch.
And compared to the previous range-topping Master - the long wheelbase Mid Roof - the Master High Roof has 36 percent more cargo volume and a 500kg higher payload capacity.
Four wheels on the rear axle provide this extra capacity, albeit at the sacrifice of 30cm of clearance between the rear wheel wells.
The cargo area measures in at 1765mm wide, 4383mm long and 2048mm tall - the latter being an increase from the 1894mm of the Master Mid-Roof.
Gross vehicle mass is 4500kg, nearly a tonne more than the Mid-Roof model but still light enough to enable holders of a car licence to drive it.
The Master High Roof shares its 2.3 litre turbo diesel inline four with the rest of the Master range, with power and torque outputs of 110kW and 350Nm. Transmission choices comprise either a six-speed manual or a ZF-sourced six-speed automated manual.
Renault does not list fuel consumption figures for the Master High Roof, but with more weight and shorter gearing it's safe to assume that it will be higher than the FWD Mid Roof's 8.3 l/100km average.
Standard features include rear barn doors which open up to 270 degrees to facilitate forklift loading, a passenger side sliding door, a steel bulkhead between the passenger and cargo compartments, a driver's suspension seat, reverse parking sensors, Bluetooth phone and audio, cruise control and a speed limiter.
Standard safety kit consists of dual front airbags, stability control, traction control, ABS and EBD.
The optional Safety and Security package adds auto-on headlamps and wipers, foglamps, an alarm and dual side airbags, but deletes the driver's suspension seat.
The Premium Pack brings sat-nav, an under-seat storage compartment, reversing camera, a larger door bin and an A4-sized lidded dashtop box for documents.
A driver's side sliding door can also be optioned, and both sliding doors are available either with or without glass.
The Renault Master High Roof is on sale now. All prices do not include on-road costs.
- Renault Master ELWB High Roof RWD manual: $50,990
- Renault Master ELWB High Roof RWD Quickshift automatic: $52,990
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