Renault Introduces First All-New Master Van in 13 Years With More Technology, Improved Safety, and Electric Power
The first all-new Renault Master van in over a decade has been introduced, bringing with it a host of new features, updated safety measures, and the option of electric power. The recently unveiled Renault Master 2025 van and cab chassis are set to arrive in European showrooms next September, marking a significant milestone for the French automaker.
The 2025 iteration of the Master van stands out as a much-needed update, considering its predecessor was introduced almost 14 years ago. This is about double or even triple the typical life cycle of a passenger vehicle. The new model comes with a fresh look, enhanced interior, cutting-edge technology, and is available in diesel or electric power options.
While the arrival time of the new model in Australia has not yet been formally announced, Renault Australia has expressed a willingness to continue with the current Masters for the near future and potentially postpone the adoption of the 2025 model for a few more years. Nevertheless, orders for the new model are expected to open in the UK in the first half of next year, with customer deliveries slated for September 2024.
Competition for the new Renault Master will be stiff, as it vies against popular rivals such as the Ford Transit, Fiat Ducato, LDV Deliver 9, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Peugeot Boxer, and VW Crafter. Although the current Renault Master is the third best-selling model so far this year, with 1,095 registered deliveries, it lags behind LDV (3284) and Mercedes (2574).
Renault has dubbed the new Master as the ‘aerovan’, emphasizing its efficiency. The company states that the frontal area is 20 percent smaller than the previous model, making it “substantially below that of… all current rivals”. The design boasts C-shaped full LED headlights, a new Renault logo, and a variety of body colors. It will be offered in 20 van variants, ranging from 11 to 22 cubic meters of space, along with chassis cab and platform cab derivatives ready for custom conversion.
Key highlights include a redesigned cabin with a standard 10-inch infotainment touchscreen, built-in Google software, built-in Google Maps, Google Play app store, and Google Assistant. It also offers downloadable over-the-air Wi-Fi software updates, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and compatibility with a smartphone app that allows drivers to track the vehicle’s location, control the lights, and monitor service requirements.
In terms of engine options, the diesel variant offers 77kW, 96kW, 110kW, or 125kW, paired with six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmissions. Meanwhile, the electric variant boasts a 105 kW/300 Nm electric motor and an 87 kWh battery for a driving range of over 410 km, among other impressive specifications. Renault has also hinted at the potential for a hydrogen engine and fuel cell in the future.
Vehicle-to-charge and vehicle-to-grid technology in electric models are also part of the 2025 Master’s offerings, allowing users to power small electrical devices or send electricity back to the grid. Furthermore, the suite of advanced safety technology has been expanded to include a traffic sign recognition system and 20 safety features, although precise details have not been fully disclosed.
The release of the 2025 Renault Master van signals an exciting era for the French automaker, as it prepares to introduce a range of new and improved features for consumers. The prospect of electric power and enhanced safety measures is sure to entice customers, while the variety of body colors, interior storage, and additional customizations add to the appeal of this updated model.
With the Master set to hit European showrooms in the second half of next year, its arrival in Australia remains uncertain. Nonetheless, the promise of a more technologically-advanced, efficient, and flexible van is bound to generate excitement among potential buyers in the European market. The introduction of the new Master is a testament to Renault’s commitment to staying at the forefront of automotive innovation, ensuring that its vehicles remain competitive and appealing in a constantly evolving industry.