Adria’s new two-model Supreme range will see the successful multi-berth Matrix formula (of low-profile with pull-down ceiling bed over the front lounge) transplanted onto the new Renault Master base vehicle.
Our Jeremiah Mahadevan reviewed the revamped Master in our June issue, and since then it’s crept into motorhome production; first as a van conversion (WildAx and Devon), and more recently in chassis-cab form (Bentley, and now Adria). We’re big fans of its nose and cab overhaul, although you’ll either love or hate its brash silver grille.
Under the bonnet, the 2.3-litre engine is tuned to deliver different power outputs: the 125 (125bhp) and the 150 (146bhp). Both comply with Euro 5 emissions standards, and have a manual six-speed ’box delivering power to the front wheels; you can also opt for Renault’s six-speed Quickshift automatic ’box (around £1300).
Quality as standard
The cab can be specified in white or silver. Other options include a spare wheel with holder, LED running lights, alloy wheels, cab air-con, cruise control and passenger airbag.
Renault is making reassuring noises about its commitment to servicing, with its Renault ‘Pro+’ service centre network, all of which have 7.5-tonne ramps capable of accommodating motorhomes.
Both Supreme models feature an L-shaped lounge with facing sofa up front, seated around a height-adjustable table, with cab seat squabs that slide out for better onsite comfort. The 677SC has a transverse island bed at the rear, and the 687SL has twin single beds, which can also be made into a double.
Both ’vans measure 7.76m (25’6”) and are based on the 3500kg chassis, although the 150 version can be upgraded to 3800kg. This sounds like a good option for those who plan to use the four belted seats, given the payload for each 3500kg ’van is just 353kg.
There are several key differences from the current season’s standard Matrix. First, you can specify the detail of the L-shaped kitchen at no extra cost: you can opt for a double-sized, stainless-steel sink, while the 150-litre Thetford fridge/freezer comes as standard. In the bathroom, LED strip lights run vertically down the shower cubicle wall, and you can adjust the colour of these. The décor is very modern, with cream and brown furniture veneers, and chrome fittings. Also, Alde’s wet central heating system is fitted as standard.
The bed above the lounge lowers electrically as standard, although you can opt to replace it with lockers. Also, the transverse rear double bed in the 677SC electrically extends or retracts, raising the head and allowing more access around the foot of the bed.
UK prices are to be confirmed, but we’re told they’ll start at around £57,000 OTR, and the ‘vans will likely take their public bow at the October NEC show.
Adria, Hall Street, Long Melford, Suffolk CO10 9JP; 01787 888 980; www.adria-mobil.com/uk