Monday 17 December 2018

6-tonne Master to take on conventional 7.5-tonners

Renault Trucks has introduced an innovative new contender into the 3.5-7.5-tonne GVW sector: a 6×2 version of the front-wheel drive Master chassis-cab.

Constructed using a wide-track low-height chassis with an additional axle, the Master 6×2 has a GVW of six tonnes, giving it a potential three-tonne-plus payload depending upon bodywork, and was designed in conjunction with Renault Trucks’ approved bodybuilder PD Stevens & Sons.

Tailored to accommodate a wide variety of body styles, the six-tonner can be built with various rear overhangs to suit the application, and offers deck heights akin to conventional 3.5-tonne platform chassis.

For box bodies, a 5,500mm internal body length is offered with either traditional full height barn doors, a ramp or a one-piece tail-lift design available, whilst the optional side load doors offer easier access into the body not normally seen on traditional 7.5-tonne vehicles.

Urban multidrop operators will welcome both the low loading height and easy cab access, but more specialist applications include car recovery/transportation, horse boxes and mini-coaches. With an increasing number of deliveries being made to restricted residential areas as a consequence of internet shopping, the new truck will appeal to pallet network members too.

The Master 6×2 uses a 165 hp engine, which conforms to Euro 6 heavy duty emissions limits, driving through a six-speed synchromesh gearbox.

While payloads are competitive with full-size 7.5 tonners, Renault Trucks argues that operating costs and environmental impacts are considerably lower. It claims fuel consumption improvements of some 30 per cent over its conventional 7.5-tonne Midlum truck.

Lighter-weight vehicles have become increasingly popular in the sector, with Iveco’s seven and 7.2-tonne van-based Dailys now being as popular as its 7.5 tonne EuroCargo trucks.

Grahame Neagus, head of LCV at Renault Trucks UK, said: “The Renault Trucks Master six-tonne 6×2 chassis cab is one of our most exciting LCV product launches yet, taking the traditional 7.5 tonne sector head-on and broadening our appeal within the UK market for those seeking a more effective and environmentally-friendly solution.”

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