The New Renault Master has been named 2020 Van of the Year and 2020 Best Large Van at the annual What Van? Awards ceremony at Hilton London Bankside. In addition, New Master Z.E. from Renault Trucks was Highly Commended in the new Minibus of the Year category.
In a hard-fought competition with the newest vans of the year, it was New Master’s blend of useful space, versatile interior, segment-leading features and low running costs that clinched it for Renault.
Speaking about New Renault Master’s success, James Dallas, Editor What Van? said, “The heavily-revised Renault Master is a great looking van with a refined and frugal choice of 2.3-litre diesel engine outputs married to both manual and automatic transmissions.
It is available in front and rear-wheel drive and offers enough payload and load volume options to suit myriad applications. A wide range of conversions are up for grabs and a wealth of driver-assistance features and a well laid out, user-friendly cabin also enhances the overall package.
With an electric model already available and a hydrogen-powered version to come Renault is looking to the future with the Master, which offers a breadth of choice unrivalled in the large van sector.”
Stephen Whitcombe, Head of Brand for Pro+ Commercial Vehicles, Groupe Renault UK added: “We are delighted that New Master has been recognised with these prestigious What Van? awards. The latest version sets the standard with its new engines, a car-like and comfortable interior and, crucially, a wide range of bodies that means business users and trades can do their work more easily and efficiently, supported by a dedicated network of 33 Pro+ dealers.”
New Master debuted earlier this year and brings many improvements and refinements to this well-established model, including a new twin-turbocharged 2.3 dCi diesel engine that’s available in several different power outputs setting new standards for power and efficiency. New Master also benefits from fresh and more assertive exterior looks, plus an interior that’s more comfortable and car-like than ever, offering more practicality and even doubling as a mobile office.
Connectivity is improved with the R&GO app and Media Nav Evolution option, which includes Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™. Safety is also a priority, with a full suite available of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) including Active Emergency Braking System optional across the range.
New Master continues to offer businesses and trades remarkable flexibility, with a choice of three body heights and four different lengths. There’s also the option of front, rear or four-wheel drive transmission, plus either a six-speed manual or six-speed Quickshift automatic gearboxes. There are four Gross Vehicle Weights (GVW): 2800, 3300, 3500 or 4500kg, while New Master’s available load volume stretches from between 6.9m3 to 22m3, with a payload of up to 2158kg.
For business users and fleets facing environmental challenges and a requirement to meet new legislation such as low emissions zones, a 100 percent electric New Master is also available. The Master Z.E. is powered by a 57kW motor that gives a real-world range of 75 miles, and benefits from the improvements applied to the rest of the range.