Today Renault Trucks launches the new Renault Trucks Master 6-tonne rigid 6x2 low deck chassis cab, featuring both low cab and cargo entry, increased internal load dimensions and high payloads, as a cost-effective and eco-friendly alternative to the traditional 7.5 tonne 4x2 vehicle most used for urban and haulage operations.

Built in association with a leading European chassis expert, the new Renault Trucks Master 6x2 is a tailored design available on either steel or four-bag rear air suspension. Featuring a low chassis height it, is ideal for a wide variety of custom-built applications such as dry freight logistics, road traffic / cone management, equine transportation, car transporters and mini coaches looking for increased productivity and cost-effective solutions.

Plated at 6 tonnes GVW, and offering payloads in excess of 3 tonnes (depending on body) the Master 6x2 is powered by Renault Trucks highly fuel-efficient and emissions-friendly 165ps EVI Heavy Duty engine, with a 6-speed Synchromesh gearbox.

“The Renault Trucks Master 6-tonne 6x2 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,” says Grahame Neagus, Head of LCV at Renault Trucks UK.

He continues: “In a world that is focused on productivity, fuel efficiency and environmental impact, it gives us a strong and unique proposition across a number of industry sectors, delivering real savings on fuel spend by over 30% whilst reducing carbon footprint by around 12 tonnes based on 50,000kms per annum and compared to a traditional 7.5 tonne box-bodied truck.”

Featuring Renault Trucks’ award-winning Optilogistics pack, the wide track Master 6x2 is purpose-designed for the operational challenges of urban distribution. Designed in conjunction with approved bodybuilder P.D Stevens & Sons of Market Drayton, the vehicle is equipped with a host of safety, compliance and efficiency enhancements to minimise on-road risk for operatives and vulnerable road users whilst driving down repair and maintenance costs for operators.

Tailored to suit a wide variety of body styles, the FWD 6x2 low deck can be built with various rear overhangs to suit the application and offers deck heights akin to the 3.5t 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.

Easy operator access and egress both from the cab and the body were of paramount importance, especially in multi-drop operations. The speed of unloading from the rear due to its low deck height also saves valuable time on every delivery when compared to more traditional vehicles.

Grahame Neagus concludes: “The 6x2 Renault Trucks Master Chassis offers operators a real alternative to a 7.5-tonne HGV with all the environmental, fiscal and efficiency benefits of an LCV, whilst its improved cab access and low cargo deck improves driver efficiencies at every level. It really is a ‘game changer’ for so many industry sectors with the first two vehicles going into both the Equine Transportation sector and with a major Home Delivery company.”