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.
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.
Inside, the new Kangoo features a passenger cabin with a new and more contemporary modern center console, forming a gloss black 'totem' similar to that on the New Clio, Captur and ZOE. This center console accommodates both the radio and air conditioning controls.
Meanwhile, the new Kangoo could be specified with the connected Renault R-Link multimedia system that allows users to control all multimedia functions -- like navigation, Bluetooth telephony, radio and connectivity – through the large touchscreen display.
Each version of the Kangoo has its own design for the instrument cluster. For instance, van and leisure activity versions feature three instrument bezels in black with a white surround. The Z.E. version, meanwhile, features certain instruments – like the speedometer, the econometer and the battery-charge indicator – that are finished in blue.
The new Kangoo could also be availed in the new Extrem version, which is essentially a leisure activity variant with SUV elements like roof rails, black-grained rear bumper and side protective moldings. This version comes with front bib and door mirror housings finished in Dark Metal. In addition, the Extrem version features modern, colored side graphics as well as headlights with gloss black surround. It also comes with extra-tinted rear glass and rides on 15-inch Dark Metal aluminum alloy wheels. This version has 'Extrem' badging on the flanks and tailgate.
Customers may also avail of the model’s MPV version – the Kangoo Business. This version is specified with the grain-finished black protective features of the van version, including the wraparound front bumper that flows to the grille to the top of the wheel arches. Further protective elements include a rear bumper extending upwards to the rear lights, side protective moldings and protective moldings for the top of the back swing doors. The Kangoo Business version also comes with exterior door handles and door mirror housings.
Meanwhile, the interior of the Kangoo Business is provided with Titane black upholstery, door panels made from a resistant material as well as a black plastic trim for the armrest of the central stowage console.