Renault Kangoo gets a facelift in Europe

Article by Anita Panait, on February 9, 2013

Renault is releasing this year a new version of its top-selling compact van in Europe – the Kangoo Van Phase 2. The Phase 2 version covers the entire Kangoo range, from Kangoo Van and Kangoo Maxi to Kangoo Van Z.E. and Kangoo Maxi Z.E. The Kangoo Van Phase 2 features a number of significant changes like the vehicle’s new front end that incorporates the styling cues of Renault’s new design language that includes a more prominent logo.

The Kangoo Van Phase 2 boasts of new door mirrors and headlights that blend well with the van’s overall lines. The cabin of the vehicle also received a new design marked by a quality centre console and new steering wheel.

Renault is offering the Kangoo Van range in two wheelbase lengths and three versions of the popular 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine that provide 75, 90 or 110hp. The Kangoo is offered in two- or five-seat versions.

The five-seat “Crew” version features a rear seat that can be tipped forward to allow longer luggage to be loaded.

The Kangoo Van Phase 2 builds on the strengths of its predecessor – the second generation Kangoo Van launched in 2008 – particularly in the area of fuel efficiency. The Kangoo Van lineup boasts of being powered by responsive and economical engines, two of which recorded the lowest fuel consumption in their segment.

Kangoo Van’s dCi 75 Stop&Start and dCi 90 Stop&Start engines consume just 4.3 litres of fuel /100km or 65.7mpg in NEDC combined-cycle, and emit just 112g of carbon dioxide per kilometer traveled. The engines come with gear shift indicator as standard equipment as well as with an ECO mode that allows the driver to save fuel by up to 10 percent by acting on engine torque, the gear shift indications and accelerator pedal mapping.

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Renault Kangoo

Renault Kangoo's design has come of age. Taut lines and clear forms bestow it with a robust, reassuring look, while the front end incorporates Renault's new design identity, with a bold logo contrasted against a black grille, along with more expressive, more tapered head lights. The leisure activity, van and Z.E. versions of the model are now more clearly differentiated in terms of their style. Meanwhile, to respond more closely still to customer demand, the leisure activity vehicle line-up has been joined by two new versions: Kangoo Extrem, a leisure activity vehicle with adventurer styling, and Kangoo Business, designed for intensive use by fleets.

A new face and modern appointments

New Renault Kangoo is more powerful and more confident in its design, with taut, muscular lines instead of the former rounded wings, while the front end adopts Renault's new styling identity. The Renault logo is more prominent and contrasts with the black grille behind it. The new almond-shaped, eyelid-capped head lights produce a more high-tech, higher quality feel.

The front bumper, bonnet and front wings have been reshaped to provide a more robust and reassuring impression. The large, rounded bumper projects forward of the bonnet for a rugged look, and the slots for the Renault logo helps to lighten the design of the front.

Distinctive cues for the leisure activity, the van and the electric versions

Styling differences between the van, leisure activity and Z.E. versions are much more pronounced than on the outgoing generation.

 The leisure activity vehicle version features twin chrome strips either side of the central Renault logo, which is also finished in chrome and contrasts with the gloss black finish. The air intake has a rounded bottom edge and is set into a body-coloured bumper (depending on version), while black headlamp masks underline the fact that is a vehicle for private motorists. The rear light extensions are red on this version.

The van version is equipped with a black textured front bumper that is more resistant to the small scrapes that are part and parcel of the highintensity use for which this vehicle was designed. The rear light extensions are also black. The chrome logo stands out against the grained black finish.

For a more dynamic look, a Style Pack comprising the following features is available:

Dark Metal bib,
Black head light masks,
Body-colour sliding side door rail cover,
Body-colour rear bumper extensions
Fog lights.
New Renault Kangoo ZE's electric vehicle credentials are signalled by the blue finish applied to the Renault logo, to the two chrome strips either side of it and to the rear light extensions. The inside of the rear light clusters is also finished in blue-tinted chrome. This model combines the front bumper of the van version and the black headlamp masks of the leisure activity version and, taking a leaf from the ZOE's book, its battery charging socket is now located behind the logo on the front grille. This is where the driver can connect the cable, supplied as standard with the vehicle, enabling recharging at home from a Wall Box in between six and nine hours or at a roadside charging station.

Modern interior styling

Changes to the latest version extend to the interior, as well. The passenger compartment is equipped with a new, more modern centre console which forms a gloss black 'totem' similar to the design chosen for New Clio. Captur and ZOE. This console houses the air conditioning and radio controls. The connected Renault R-Link multimedia system is now listed in the catalogue and allows all multimedia functions (navigation, radio, Bluetooth® telephony, connectivity for portable devices, etc.) to be controlled using the large touch screen display.

The design of the instrument cluster is different for each version. On the van and leisure activity versions, the three instrument bezels are black with a white surround, while the specific instruments of the Z.E. version include an econometer, a battery-charge indicator and the speedometer, all of which are bluehued.

Kangoo Extrem goes off the beaten track

A new leisure activity variant of Kangoo is an 'adventurer' version labelled Extrem, equipped with SUVstyle features such as roof rails, side protective mouldings and a rear bumper with a black grained finish. The front bib and door mirror housings are picked out in Dark Metal.

Renault Kangoo Extrem also has modern, coloured side graphics, a gloss black finish around the head lights, extra-tinted rear glass and 15-inch Dark Metal aluminium alloy wheels. 'Extrem' badging is visible on the flanks and tailgate.

Kangoo Business, a leisure activity vehicle for fleet use

In its Kangoo Business form, the MPV version features the grain-finished black protective elements of the van version designed to cope with a tough working life. These elements are the wraparound front bumper which reaches up to the grille and to the top of the wheel arches, the rear bumper which extends upwards to the rear lights, protective mouldings for the top of the back swing doors, the side protective mouldings, the exterior door handles and the door mirror housings.

Inside, features geared towards intensive use include Titane black upholstery that shows less dirt and a black plastic trim for the armrest of the central stowage console, while the door panels are made of a particularly resistant material to cope with intensive use.

A WIDE RANGE, FOR ALL PURPOSES

Since its launch in 1997 the Kangoo family has been expanding step by step to meet the needs of private motorists and exacting business customers alike ever more closely. With the arrival of the very latest versions with three seats at the front, the full range has been expanded to boast no fewer than 15 versions. The Renault Kangoo range's versatility has been further enhanced by such innovative functions as a flat floor and sliding rear roof flap which make life even easier for users.

A comprehensive range spanning 15 versions (lengths/seating arrangements)

The Kangoo family consists of 15 versions: 12 vans (including the Z.E. variant) and 3 leisure activity vehicles for individuals. The Kangoo van range offers a cargo volume from 2.3 and 4.6m3. The list includes the very latest offering of three seats at the front which can be specified for each of the three length options (Compact, Express and Maxi). It is not available for the Z.E., 5-Seat Maxi or Crew Cab versions, however. Renault Kangoo Compact is the only van of a capacity of less than 2.8m3 than can be ordered with three front seats.

Three up front

The two-person bench seat is separate from the driver's seat and allows an extra passenger to be carried.

The versatility of this bench seat allows it to be used in a number of ways:

The backrests of the two passenger seats can be tipped forward individually to increase carrying capacity. This allows loads of up to 2.88m to be carried in the case of Kangoo Maxi.
When tipped forward in this way, the middle seat can serve as an armrest or desk.
The cushions of the bench seat can be lifted to access 15 litres of stowage space.
To improve the comfort of front passengers, the thickness of the passenger-side door trim has been reduced. This has increased the distance between the driver's and passenger's armrests by 36mm, to 1,353mm. On these versions, the aviation-style handbrake has been replaced by a conventional lever to free up space for the centre passenger's legs; a footrest has been added for still greater comfort. Versions with three front seats are compatible with tubular and full-height steel or glazed bulkheads.

New Renault Kangoo ZE for environmentally aware business customers

Like its predecessor, an all-electric version of New Kangoo is available with no detriment to carrying capacity.

Thanks to the central location of the battery, below the floor, Kangoo ZE features the same dimensions and carrying capacity as the internal combustion-engined model. The load volume ranges from 3 à 3.5 m3 while payload is 650 Kg. The flat floor permits a maximum load length of 2.5m (with passenger seat folded flat) which is identical to that boasted by the internal combustion-engined version. The width between the wheel arches is 1.21m, which enables a euro pallet to be loaded. The asymmetric rear doors, plus the sliding side door, enable easy access to the load area.

New Kangoo ZE is also available in twoand five- seats "Maxi" form :

Maxi 2-seats version: carrying capacity up to 4.6 m3 and loading length up to 2.9m.
Maxi 5-seats version (including extended cab version): boot volume from 2.4 m3 to 3.6 m3 (with the rear bench folded flat).
A new feature is the 'Z.E. Voice' sound which warns pedestrians of the vehicle's approach to ensure stress-free motoring in built-up areas. This system functions at speeds of between 1 and 30kph and switches off when the vehicle is at a standstill.

7-Seat Grand Kangoo

Benefiting from a high-up position, the two individual third row seats provide maximum comfort even on long journeys. Slotting into rails, they can slide fore and aft according to the needs of occupants. Maximum knee room (145mm) figures among the best on the market. Access to the third-row seats is simplified thanks to the 60/40-split second-row bench seat which can be folded in a single movement to form a flat floor. The resulting opening (636mm) is among the widest on the market. Side and forward visibility from the third row is the best in the segment, with a sightline of 3.2 degrees above the horizon. In seven-seater mode, the boot holds 400 litres. The third row seats can be tipped forward, doubled folded or completely removed.

Flat floor helps with extra-long loads

The rear bench seat and front passenger seat feature a novel modular folding system able to provide a flat floor - highly useful when loading long objects of up to 2.50 metres in length (2.88m in the case of Kangoo, Maxi 5-Seat and Crew Cab). The 40/60-split rear bench can be folded in a single easy movement using a handle mounted at the top of the seatback which tips the backrest forward. A bridging piece at the bottom of the backrest ensures continuity between the boot floor and the seat backrest in the folded position. The front passenger seat incorporates the same function (depending on version). This modular design permits numerous different arrangements to cover practically every type of load carrying requirement. The mechanism enables the seat to be returned to its original position with minimal effort.

Sliding rear roof flap for tall loads

Operating much like a sunroof, the new roof flap opens up a larger area of the roof than the traditional rear roof flap, enabling tall and bulky items to be carried. The aperture is 100cm wide and 46cm from front to back.

Multipurpose roof rails to fit a roof box

The longitudinal roof rails can be transformed without tools into a roof rack capable of supporting loads of up to 80kg. For maximum safety, visual and audible tell-tales confirm that the bars have been properly secured. Fitting a roof box or transporting a bulky object has never been so easy.

Unchanged: huge potential for upgrading and conversions

Renault proposes a wide selection of accessories and interior fittings:

A range of options for all types of use: wood linings, security bars, etc.
A wide choice of accessories: roof rack, towing equipment, seat covers, mats, etc.
Renault has developed a wide range of conversions for business users in association with approved coachbuilders: fridge vans, workshops, ambulances, transport for people with reduced mobility (TPRM), etc.

The same conversions are available for New Renault Kangoo ZE, with the exception of the TPRM version.

The livery of vehicles can also be personalised at the factory.

THE MOST ECONOMICAL VEHICLE IN ITS CLASS - AT JUST 4.3 LITRES/100KM

New Kangoo is the most economical vehicle in its segment. In addition to the all-electric version which is emissions-free at point of use, the model is available with a range of engines that are strong on performance and economical on fuel: three of these engines are Energy units which post record efficiency in their respective classes:

Energy dCi 75 and 90: 4.3 litres/100km and 112g of CO2/km
Energy dCi 110 : 4.4 litres/100km and 115g of CO2/km
Energy TCe 115: 140g of CO2/km
Energy engines incorporate Stop&Start and a deceleration energy recovery system.

Energy dCi 75 and 90: leaders in fuel economy, at 4.3 litres/100km

Thanks to the Energy dCi 75 and 90 engines, New Kangoo is the most economical vehicle in its segment. Its combined-cycle consumption of 4.3 litres/100km and CO2 emissions of 112g/km are even lower than the same figures for the previous-generation Renault Kangoo.

Fitted with Stop&Start and a fixed-geometry turbo, this engine produces torque of 180Nm (dCi 75) or 200Nm (dCi 90) from 1,750 rpm upwards, providing a refined driving experience and strong flexibility in the lower rpm ranges.

The Energy dCi family joined by a 110hp version

After first appearing in the Mégane catalogue, the Energy dCi 110 engine is now available for New Kangoo, too. It posts fuel consumption of 4.54 litres/100km on the NEDC combined cycle, equivalent to CO2 emissions of 115g/km. With torque of 240Nm available from 1,750rpm and improved acceleration response compared with the previous version of the dCi 110, driving refinement and pleasure have been enhanced. These improvements are the result of close attention to the intake and combustion systems as well as to the adoption of an innovative architecture for the turbo.

Three specific technologies:

The architecture of the turbo manifold minimises load losses. The path taken by the inlet air is simplified, improving turbo efficiency for better performance with no change to fuel consumption.
Low-inertia variable geometry turbo: for rapid acceleration response, the turbo's spool-up time at low speeds is improved thanks to optimisation of the turbine's size.
Injector nozzles with individualised spray angles: the more accurately targeted spray pattern produces a very significant improvement in combustion (15 percent less unburned fuel) with a direct benefit to fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Individualised injection spray angle technology compensates for the off-centre positioning of the fuel injector inherent in eight-valve engines (asymmetry between the inlet and exhaust valves). This technology uses seven-hole piezo-electric injectors.
As on other Energy dCi units, the dCi 110 incorporates low-pressure EGR, plus a thermal management system which further optimises engine efficiency. Other developments include the use of low-friction coatings, derived from F1 technology (DLC for the cam followers, graphite for the piston skirts) and the introduction of a variable-rate oil pump. These features have resulted in a significant reduction in friction, again to the direct benefit of fuel consumption, which drops by 15 percent compared with the 1.6 16V engine.

These engines are also available without Stop&Start. The service interval for all new-generation dCi engines is every two years or 40,000km.

New in the Renault Kangoo petrol engine line-up: the Energy TCe 115 As the first Renault petrol engine to feature both direct injection and turbocharging, the Renault Energy TCe 115 combines performance and economy. Available since 2012 for Mégane, this 1,197cc aluminium block produces 115hp and peak torque of 190Nm - figures comparable with a normally aspirated two-litre engine. With 90 percent of torque on tap at 1,500rpm and the full value available between 2,000 and 4,000rpm, this engine is acclaimed for its flexibility and response at low revs which are comparable with those of a diesel.

The top-performing 1.2-litre petrol engine on the market, the Renault Energy TCe 115, also shines when it comes to economy, returning combined cycle fuel consumption of 6.0 litres/100 km - an improvement of almost 1.7 litres/100km compared with the 1.6 16V. At 140g/km, it also emits 40g/km less CO2.

These low fuel consumption figures can help to reduce running costs significantly in other ways. For example, lower CO2 emissions allow owners to benefit from subsidies or tax concessions, depending on country. The presence of a maintenance-free timing chain also contributes to reducing running costs.

Direct fuel injection and turbocharging

Combined with the turbocharger incorporated in the intake manifold and the cam-phasing VVT at both intake and exhaust, direct fuel injection allows the engine to produce its maximum torque at low revs and across a broad rpm range. Fuel is injected directly into the combustion chamber for optimum efficiency as a function of the way the engine is being used. The resulting improved combustion is beneficial to fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Stop&Start with ultra-rapid restart

The system determines the exact position of the pistons and injects fuel into the cylinder that is best placed to restart the engine instantaneously. The 'free' energy recovered under braking and stored by the system is used to charge the battery and restart the engine. The service interval is every two years or 30,000 km

Improved acoustic performance

Versions of New Kangoo powered by the latest engines benefit from improvements to the injection system, turbo and exhaust system aimed at reducing combustion noise. The design of the engine mounts has also been revised to minimise vibrations.

TECHNOLOGY TO PROMOTE ECO-DRIVING

On-board technologies enable drivers to save fuel and reduce their carbon emissions in an internal combustion-engined car or, in the case of an electric vehicle, to optimise its range. The intelligence embedded in Renault R-Link enables features which help to reduce energy consumption. For an even firmer grip on running costs, New Renault Kangoo has a gearshift indicator light as standard. The Eco Mode also allows fuel consumption to be reduced by up to 10 percent (depending on engine) or results in a range increase of up to 10 percent in the case of the Z.E. version.

Together, this whole suite of eco driving features can reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by as much as 25 percent.

Renault R-Link

Already available for New Clio, ZOE and Captur, Renault's connected R-Link multimedia system can now be specified as an option for New Renault Kangoo, with prices starting from €590, depending on model and market.

Renault R-Link packs together all the car's multimedia functions, from the navigation system and radio, to Bluetooth® telephony and audio streaming, connectivity for portable devices and vehicle-related services, plus an extensive catalogue of applications that can be downloaded directly to the vehicle. These functions are shown on a large, intuitive, user-friendly seven-inch (18 cm) touchscreen display and controlled using the rotary control on the radio's fascia or by using the voice command function.

Thanks to intuitive logic, Renault R-Link is easy to use.

Control of all functions using the steering wheelmounted controls (audio and telephone) or the rotary control on the radio's fascia.
Voice commands (nine languages available): using simple spoken commands, the user can activate functions such as 'call' (followed by a telephone number or a name from the address book), 'go to' (followed by a destination), 'display my applications' and then 'email', for example.
In parallel, the Text To Speech (TTS) function automatically reads out text messages and RSS feeds in certain applications once the vehicle is in motion.

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