Renault Master is the upper-medium sized van (3.5 ton segment) produced buy the French automaker Renault. It was first launched in 1980. This vehicle has the same size as that of the Ford Transit.
A wide range of body styles have been offered since the appearance of first production unit. It is offered from the standard van to larger versions with an enlarged load area and height. It has a longer wheelbase designated as LWB. Although, it is more popular as Panel vans, pickup versions are also offered.
It was also marketed by Volvo owned Renault Trucks under B90 and B110 names, followed by Mascott. Master also led the basis for a series of horsebox conversions by boss horseboxes and Theault.
First Generation (1980–1997)
In 1980, the original Renault Master made its debut. It was powered by a 2.5-L (2445 cc) Fiat-Sofim diesel engine. A new 2.1-L (2068 cc) engine was added in the lineup in 1984. There were some Master versions which were offered with a 2.0-L or 2.2-L Renault petrol engine.
There were a number of different models from other automakers which had a competition with the Master. In addition to this, Renault Master also compete with some of Renault‘s own small models like Dodge 50 Series. After Renault’s takeover the UK Dodge facilities, the Dodge 50 Series was sold as Renault 50 Series. In 1980, Renault Trafic, a smaller vehicle was also introduced that later led the basis for the larger light commercial vehicles.
The Master was launched with some distinguished aesthetic zeal including sliding door design and uncommon round door handles similar to the one found on the Fiat Ritmo/Strada. The Master van was assembled at Renault’s new SoVAB Batilly plant located in northeastern France.
Renault B90 and B110
Renault Trucks produced and sold the alternative version of the Master under Renault B90 and B110 names with a wide range of body style options. In 1987, the 4×4 B90 raced in the Paris Dakar Rally.
Second Generation (1997–2010)
In 1997, the second generation Master was introduced by Renault. It is in close resemblance with the Opel Movano (sold as Vauxhall Movano in UK). The second generation Master was a joint venture of Renault and its closely associated Nissan partner which sold it as Nissan Interstar. The collaboration work of the two companies can most obviously be seen on the smaller Renault Trafic.
A minor facelift was released for the van featuring a revised headlight area making it look like Trafic. A wide range of sizes and configurations were offered for this generation Master as well like the preceding generation. It led the basis for the conversion to the ambulance bodywork.
Renault Mascott was a heavy duty 3.0-L diesel version of the Master van produced by Renault Trucks. It was offered for sale in European market from 1999 to 2010 and filled the gap between the Master and the larger Renault Midlum. Two tuning option were available for Mascott, i.e. 120 bhp (89 kW; 122 PS) or 160 bhp (119 kW; 162 PS) combined with 5- and 6-speed transmissions.
Third Generation (2010–Present)
In May 2010, the third generation of the Master was launched. This current generation Master is based on the platform used in Opel Movano and Nissan NV400.
The production of Mascott is discontinued for this generation by Renault Trucks and the only versions offered is available in the chassis cab format featuring payload of 2.5 ton.