RENAULT has revamped its Kangoo line-up and the new models are due here in spring.
The styling changes can be seen immediately from the van’s front end, which takes cues from Renault’s new design ‘language’, with the logo more prominent and positioned vertically.
Headlights and door mirrors have been redesigned to co-ordinate better with the vehicle’s overall lines.
The new Kangoo looks better, costs less to run, and is loaded with business friendly kit
Aeorodynamics and engines have been improved, and the interior has been redesigned with the addition of a new centre console and steering wheel. Renault says it has improved sound proofing and the impression of quality.
The range is available in two wheelbase lengths, with three versions of the 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine offering 75hp, 90hp and 110hp power outputs. There are two- or five-seat versions of the Kangoo Maxi. The five-seat ‘Crew’ version has a rear seat that can be tipped forward to accommodate long loads.
Two of the engines are said to return the lowest fuel consumption in their segment. The dCi 75 Stop&Start and dCi 90 Stop&Start engines offer NEDC combined-cycle fuel consumption of 65.7mpg (4.3 litres/100km) and 112g/km of CO2 emissions.
To help reduce fuel consumption further, the Kangoo engines come with a gear-shift indicator as standard, plus as an ECO mode said to achieve fuel savings of up to 10% by acting on engine torque, gear-shift indications and accelerator pedal mapping.
According to Renault, this results in lower running costs and total cost of ownership savings. And costs have been further reduced by increasing engine servicing intervals – now every two years or 25,000 miles, instead of every two years or 18,600 miles previously.
Business friendly kit
The new Kangoo van has a multimedia system that with in-dash TomTom® LIVE navigation plus numerous new functions such as advance warning of hazardous zones and the ability to download applications such as the ‘reading out’ of emails.
All radios have USB and Bluetooth connectivity, and the next level offers a CD player. The premium radio integrates with the Renault R-Link system.
A new-generation ESC combined with Hill Start Assist, plus Grip for improved traction in difficult conditions, is also available.
The new redesign – known as Phase 2 – covers the entire Renault Kangoo Van range: Kangoo Van, Kangoo Maxi, Kangoo Van Z.E. and Kangoo Maxi Z.E.
The Kangoo Van Z.E., the electric version, comes with a blue-tinted logo, and blue rear light trim extensions, as well as new black headlight masks.
The socket for New Kangoo Van Z.E.’s battery charger is now located at the front, behind the logo. Another specific feature is the Z.E. Voice function, which emits a warning sound of the vehicle’s approach for pedestrians.