Renault and Vauxhall are launching new versions of the Master and Movano which are due for release April/May 2010.

The new Master and new Movano aim to become the segment’s benchmark for comfort thanks to a complete reappraisal of the driving position and controls, enhanced visibility and the availability of a raft of comfort-enhancing features normally associated with passenger cars.

They will be available in front- and rear-wheel drive with four wheelbase and three roof height options. Load space ranges from 8.0m3 to 17.0m3 with load lengths of 2,583mm to 4,383mm, payloads up to 2,260kg and gross vehicle weights of 2.8t, 3.3t, 3.5t and 4.5t. The UK models, however, will not include any 2.8-tonners.

Under the bonnet, a new generation of 2.3 CDTi four-cylinder common-rail diesel engines combines strong performance with low operating costs. Three power outputs are available: 100PS/285 Nm, 125 PS/310 Nm and 150PS/350 Nm. All engines come with a six-speed gearbox as standard and are Euro 4 or Euro 5 (with DPF) compliant. The 125PS and 150PS versions can be coupled with the semi-auto Techshift transmission.

Renault has already released a full price list and its entry level model, the front-wheel drive MM33 100hp Euro 4, has a basic price of £20,795. The range-topping rear-wheel drive LML45 150hp Euro 5 with twin rear wheels will set you back £29,345. A full line-up of Crew Vans are available from launch, which will coincide with the CV Operators Show at the NEC, Birmingham (13-15 April).

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