The two major updates to the newcomer are its petrol-powered 1.6 16V engine which enjoys a reputation for being robust, reliable, and efficient and the fabulous new taut lines and clear forms of the front bumper, bonnet and front wings that afford it a rugged and reassuring look.
New Kangoo Express’s front end incorporates Renault’s new design identity. The bold logo contrasted against a black grille together with more expressive tapered headlights give the vehicle a high-tech, top quality look and feel.
The first Kangoo Express derivative arrived in South Africa in 2011 and has been in constant demand by local businesses – big and small – corporate and government fleet customers, as well as the rental market, says Fabien Payzan, marketing vice-president at Renault SA.
“As the best-selling model in its class in Europe in 2012, Renault Kangoo has strengthened Renault’s position as that continent’s foremost light commercial vehicle brand.”
The powerful 1.6 litre 16V multipoint injection petrol engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission, produces peak power output of 77 kW at 5 750 rpm delivering top torque of 148 Nm at 3 750 rpm.
New Renault Kangoo Express achieves a combined cycle fuel consumption of 7.7 litres/100 km and CO2 emissions of 180g/km.
The cockpit is spacious and bright with an advanced panoramic MPV-style windscreen.
Inside, the design emphasis is on space, practicality and functionality, with features unprecedented on a vehicle of this type.
Driving comfort is identical to that of a leisure vehicle, with a raised driving position, high-quality seats, excellent visibility, a dashboard-mounted gearshift, and electric power steering. Additionally, the aviation-style handbrake frees up stowage space between the two seats.
In line with its working role, the New Kangoo Express offers numerous storage areas including an A4-format document storage area on the dashboard, complete with pen holder.
Boasting a host of ingenious, multiple storage compartments tailored to suit all needs, the New Kangoo Express 1.6 16V can handle the smallest – as well as the largest – of loads.
Its payload capacity is an impressive 800 kg while its overall length (4.28 metres) allows for 3m3 of load space. With a width of 1.2 metres between the wheel arches,the New Kangoo Express panel van packs in a Euro-size pallet with ease.
The central storage module allows the driver or front seat passenger to keep
essential items at their fingertips and the central in-dash storage compartment is ideal to keep up to A4-size documents safe.
The very robust rear swing doors are specially designed for heavy-duty use and can be opened up to 90 degrees with the internal latch in place; and through 180 degrees with the latch released. The equally sturdy sliding side door opens smoothly by means of a fridge-type handle, giving an aperture of 635 mm.
Renault also offers a wide range of accessories and interior fittings for the New Kangoo Express, all tailor-made to suit a wide variety of applications and load-carrying requirements.
The wheelbase measures 2.70 metres; the front and rear track dimensions (1.52 and 1.53 metres respectively) enhance stability.
The MacPherson-type front suspension has a rectangular lower arm for greater steering precision and control. Front and rear dampers are calibrated for optimal balance between comfort and performance, consistent with New Kangoo Express’s payload requirements.
At the rear, a programmed deflection suspension employs coil springs and a 15.1 mm diameter anti-roll bar. This produces a sound, reassuring drive with very good road holding.
The chassis and axle systems achieve reduced roll and enhanced stability under cornering, with consistent roll characteristics under all load conditions for more predictable handling. Large 15-inch rims with 195/65 R15 tyres further aid stability and control, and a full-size spare wheel is included.
Electrically assisted power steering affords a level of responsiveness that varies according to driving conditions.
Air-conditioning is standard and enhances driver and passenger comfort, along with remote central locking, a trip computer and a height-adjustable driver’s seat.
A radio with MP3-compatible CD and Bluetooth’s connectivity is available as an aftermarket dealer fitment.
To afford maximum protection for driver and passenger, New Kangoo Express boasts a no-compromise structure complemented by the fitment of top-class safety equipment.
Occupant protection starts with the structure, which uses steel and various other materials specially designed to absorb and dissipate impact energy.
The cockpit forms a rigid, non-deformable survival cell, protecting occupants against intrusion from the engine compartment in the event of a frontal impact. The two seatbelts are fitted with pre-tensioners that provide optimum restraint and specially calibrated load limiters ensure enhanced thorax protection.
A driver’s airbag is standard together with an anti-submarining hump in the seat cushion. Other important impact safety features include a deformable magnesium steering wheel frame, door padding, a metal shield in the shell under the steering wheel to reduce the risk of lower limb injury as well as a collapsible brake pedal to limit ankle injuries.
New Kangoo Express also comes standard with the latest ABS anti-lock braking system, integrated with electronic brake distribution and automatic activation of the hazard warning lamps during emergency stops.
As is the case across Renault’s entire product range, the New Kangoo Express comes with Renault’s industry-leading 5-year/150 000km mechanical warranty, 6-year anti-corrosion warranty and 3-year/60 000km service plan.
Service intervals are at 15 000km.
The all-new Kangoo Express Van (1.6 16V 105) retails for R 184 900.