New Renault Master arrives with a fresh new look

The New Renault Master, which builds on a success story that has seen more than 3 million sold since its 1980 introduction, is available to pre-order now with prices starting from £33,500 for diesel versions and £42,500 for E-Tech 100% electric versions.

The Renault Master’s success over these 40-plus years and three generations has ranked it as a long-standing leader in its category in Europe. Renault Master vans have found their way on to the roads of more than 50 countries and the fourth-generation version is set to extend this success.

The New Master E-Tech 100% electric made its UK premiere at the highly attended Commercial Vehicle Show in late April 2024, positioned alongside the recently-launched Renault Trafic E-Tech electric and the multi-award winning Kangoo E-Tech electric. The New Master E-Tech 100% electric now completes the electrified LCV Renault range, giving customers the choice between both electric and ICE powertrains across all models.

The New Renault Master’s high-grade interior mirrors that of a passenger vehicle. The S-shaped dashboard facing the driver adds to the air of spaciousness. The materials have a premium feel and the 10-inch screen – which comes as standard across the line-up – adds a visually pleasing high-tech touch. Dark upholstery enhances the contemporary, ultra-modern style.

The steering wheel is from the Renault passenger vehicle range, and is adjustable for height and reach. Automatic versions now have the transmission controls on the steering wheel, opening up even more space in the centre console.

The 135 litres of total cabin storage space – a 25% increase over the previous generation – ranks this generation as the market leader. The available space is spread across the dashboard, side cupholders, closed glove-box, cab-ceiling slot and two storage tiers in the doors.

The New Renault Master effortlessly turns into an office on wheels. The back of the middle seat folds down into a desk, the base houses a slot to store a laptop, and there are USB-C ports to power devices. Every detail is intended for intensive everyday use. The non-abrasive and sturdy TEP-lined seat edges, for instance, make it easier to get in and out of the van and are highly resistant to wear.

Distinctive Exterior Styling

The New Renault Master’s show-stopping design adds a clearly defined identity, attractive looks and a modern feel.

Its design also conveys dependability, durability and safety. Its distinctive front end includes Renault’s new logo and the extra-large full-LED headlamps in the signature C-shaped array around the grille. Customers have a choice of seven body colours as standard and over 300 special hues.

The proportions have been meticulously fine-tuned to strike the right balance for each body type. The rear is narrower to optimise aerodynamics, but the rear opening and load area are remarkably large nevertheless. The rear window is asymmetrical – a typical Master feature – and the rear lights have a distinctive C-shaped pattern like the ones at the front.

A great deal of development work was invested into perceived quality and toughness. The fact that each side panel is a single part, for example, adds to the solid look – especially in the longer versions – and they are extra stiff so they will not warp. Perceived quality in the cargo area is also higher, spanning as far as the reinforcements and other internal details.

Enhanced Efficiency Via Advanced Aerovan Design

New Renault Master’s aerodynamics ensure it maximises efficiency, regardless of how it is powered. Its Scx is more than 20% lower, and substantially below that of the previous generation.

Even the smallest details contribute to the smoother design: the bonnet is shorter, the windscreen is further forward and tilted, the wing mirrors, air intake ducts in the bumper and roofline slope are streamlined, and the rear is narrower. The sharper aerodynamics have also improved acoustic comfort in the interior.

As the vehicle is too large for the wind tunnel that Renault typically uses in Saint-Cyr, the aerodynamic development studies were conducted using 83% scale models. The full-size vans were then tested in a tunnel built to assess aircraft aerodynamics.

All this work has significantly improved efficiency in the ‘real world’. The New Renault Master’s CO2 emissions are 39g/km lower than the previous generation, and now below 200g/km*. Its aerodynamics contribute to considerably lower energy consumption in the electric versions with a 20% improvement on the current Master.