Renault’s Master commercial van has received an update for 2014, with the new model unveiled at the 2014 Commercial Vehicle Show in the UK.
The Master will soon be available with a new range of twin-turbo engines, which offer more power across the range while improving fuel consumption by up to 1.5 l/100km.
All engine options are diesel-powered with the same 2.3 litre capacity, available in European markets with 82, 94, 101 or 123kW.
Fuel consumption has improved across the range, with the top-spec 123kW engine now using 6.9 l/100km. Renault says fuel consumption can be improved by a further 10 percent when drivers press the ‘ECOmode’ button, which changes engine mapping and climate control settings.
Outside, the new Master gets revised front styling, dominated by a new grille which now encompasses the Renault badge.
Safety features include an improved electronic stability control system (ESC) with ‘load adaptive control’, hill start assist, trailer swing assist and ‘extended grip’, which improves grip in snow, sand and mud.
Various models also receive tyre-pressure monitoring, electronic power steering (said to save 0.1 l/100km), and an optional ‘wide view’ mirror, which Renault says vastly reduces the near-side blind spot and is mounted on the passenger sun visor.
More than 350 versions of the Master are available in various markets, with differing lengths, heights and seating arrangements among the numerous choices.
The 2014 Renault Master will be built in France, with order books for Renault’s French delivery network opening next month with deliveries beginning around August.
Renault recently unveiled its 2015 Trafic van for overseas markets, with an Australian launch confirmed for next year.
An Australian debut is set to occur later this year, although exact timing, pricing and specifications are still to be confirmed.
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