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Renault Master vans will be joined by utes

Renault is expanding the line-up of the mid-sized Master van by adding two fresh cab-chassis models.

The French brand is expanding the line-up of the mid-sized Master van by adding two fresh cab-chassis models which allow for a tray to be fitted to the back.

With a dual rear wheel set-up, the new models are able to lug a maximum 2.5 tonne of cargo and tow up to three tonne. The Master cab-chassis could be a perfect fit for tradies wanting something larger and more capable than one-tonne utes.The Renaults are also cheaper than some of the more expensive utes in the market. Renault will offer a single cab version of the new cab-chassis for $45,490, while a double-cab variant, that seats up to seven people, will be priced at $50,490.

Both will be powered by a 2.3-litre four-cylinder common rail turbo diesel that has recently been upgraded to produce 110kW and 350Nm of torque. All of that torque is available from just 1500revs, which should be especially helpful when the tray is fully loaded.

The standard transmission is a six-speed manual, while customers can also pick a six-speed fully automated manual, with no clutch pedal, for an additional $2500. The dual cab model will come standard with an automatic differential lock, which helps maintain traction on slippery and uneven surfaces.

This feature is also available as an option on the single cab model. There is only one dual cab model, which has a wheelbase of 4332mm. You can choose from two single cabs, one with a standard length of 3682mm and a long version that has the same wheelbase as the dual cab, enabling a tray of up to 5500mm to be fitted.

Standard equipment includes dual airbags, Electronic Stability Control, Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming, aiconditioning, a chilled glovebox, electric windows and central locking. Options include factory trays, made from steel or aluminium, satellite navigation and a rear-facing camera.