New 2.3-litre diesel for Renault Master van

The new engine will be available in 100, 125 and 150 versions on the new Master initially before it is made available for other Renault and Nissan models.

Replacing the 2.5dCi on front-wheel drive vans and 3.0 dCi on rear-wheel drive models, the new unit reduces CO2 emissions by as much as ten per cent and offers better fuel consumption figures than the outgoing engines.

Built at the Cleon plant in France, the engine is based on the smaller 2.0-litre diesel available in the Laguna and Espace.

It boasts better fuel consumption figures and longer servicing intervals – up from every 30,000km to 40,000km.

The Master van, launched in 2010, is the largest in the Renault van range and comes in a range of roof heights and cabin configurations.

Renault has also announced plans to produce a 1.6dCi unit in 2011 to replace the current 1.9 dCi. Renault claims the new engine will reduce CO2 emissions by 30g/km.

This will help the French marque reach targets of a five per cent reduction in CO2 emissions across its commercial vehicle range each year.