Renault’s Pumped-Up Petrol-Powered Kangoo Can Do More

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The Renault Kangoo

  • Debut of new turbocharged, fun-to-drive petrol engine
  • 21 percent less fuel consumption at 6.2 litres per 100km (6.5L/100km EDC auto)
  • 30 percent more torque across a lower, wider rev range and 8 percent more power
  • New gearboxes, now with six-speeds
  • More standard safety equipment, including side airbags
  • Lower running costs over five years of ownership
  • Extra technology, more features

Renault Australia has introduced a new, state-of-the-art, turbocharged petrol engine into the strong-selling Kangoo small van family.

“This new powertrain is a significant change for the Kangoo, which has the highest market share of any Renault product sold here in Australia,” said Lyndon Healey, Senior Model Line Manager for Renault Light Commercial Vehicles.

“The Kangoo petrol auto has been the best-selling variant to date and we expect a high demand for the new EDC, which has two more gears than the auto it replaces. This variant has been amongst the most affordable vans of its type on the market and this is set to continue with the new version.”

The new 1.2 litre turbocharged engine offers better real-world performance and better fuel economy than many larger naturally aspirated engines and replaces the previous 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol unit. The new engine will be offered with either a six-speed manual or six-speed Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) automatic gear change.

“The success of Kangoo to date has been no surprise. It’s a good product at the right price, backed with the service and parts support that customers in this segment demand. Its value is further enhanced by its strong residual values,” Lyndon said.

“This new petrol-powered Kangoo continues to offer all this and more. In fact, additional equipment makes the 2017 Renault Kangoo petrol versions quieter, safer and easier to drive. Over five years and 100,000km, the fuel savings alone will make it less expensive to own than the vehicle it replaces.

“Traditionally, the petrol-powered versions have accounted for around 60 percent of Kangoo sales and we are confident the new drivetrain and additional specification that arrives concurrently with the new powertrain, will give the Kangoo extra appeal against its rivals in this market.”

As before, the petrol Kangoo, now known as the Compact, comes with the standard wheelbase body offering 3.0m3 of load space. It has a tailgate as standard (barn doors are optional) as well as sliding doors on both sides of the vehicle for added convenience for urban operators who often work in confined loading and unloading areas.

The new Kangoo starts at the Manufacturer’s List Price (MLP) of $23,490 (excluding dealer delivery and statutory charges).

In addition to the new engine, there is also a slew of safety and convenience equipment. The main improvement for the standard wheelbase Kangoo is an increase of power and torque as well as a reduction in fuel consumption and emissions.

“The new Kangoo petrol engine provides customers with the double benefit of added performance and reduced running costs,” Lyndon said.

Powertrain upgrade
The new all-aluminium petrol-powered 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine is a version of the unit used in the Renault Clio, Captur and Megane passenger cars and is retuned to provide more low speed torque for LCV work.

With peak power of 84kW at just 4,500rpm and 190Nm of torque available between 2,000-4,000rpm, the Kangoo’s new direct-injection engine is 6kW more powerful than the previous 1.6 litre unit. Torque increases by a much more useful 42Nm. The new engine is 10kg lighter and uses a low friction timing chain that lasts the life of the engine.

Of critical importance, peak power is now achieved 1,500rpm earlier in the RPM range. Compared with the previous engine and its 3,750rpm torque peak, turbo charging and direct injection on the new 1.2 combine to deliver its torque across a wide, useable band. Lower revs provide enhanced acceleration as well as reduced noise and vibration for a quieter drive, along with reduced engine wear.

“The torque output and spread is much improved on this new engine, which is also noticeably smoother and quieter. The result is improved driveability, with substantially better low-speed performance and a much more relaxed drive,” Lyndon said.

With Renault’s idle Stop/Start system (on the manual transmission version) and Eco Mode, as well as a variable displacement oil pump, low friction timing chain and reduced engine weight, fuel efficient drivers will find the Kangoo petrol model’s combined average fuel economy has fallen 21 percent from 7.7 litres per 100km to 6.2 litres per 100km (6.5L/100km for the EDC), driving fuel dollars further.

Kangoo petrol emissions also fall to 144g/km for the manual and 147g/km for the EDC auto transmission.

Gearbox upgrade
The slick-shifting six-speed manual gearbox, derived from the previous generation Clio R.S. is a delight to use, even in stop-start traffic, with a light clutch action assisting the changes. Engine speed at freeway cruise is reduced by 30 percent to 2,450rpm.

The Efficient Dual Clutch automated gearbox makes the most of the performance available from the engine, with ultra-fast shift times (290m/s) allowing surprisingly spritely performance, again from low revs. Engine revs at 100km/h cruising speed have been reduced by 23 percent to 2,240rpm, which also helps cut real-world fuel consumption on the freeway. The EDC includes a manual shift mode for more control of the transmissions shift points.

“The EDC is the surprise package,” Lyndon said. “While the previous auto model was a solid performer in low speed, stop/start environments like the CBD, the new EDC provides very good performance over the whole range of operating speeds and conditions, wherever that might be.”

Technology upgrade
The new engine comes with an array of features not previously available in the petrol-powered range. These include Hill Start Assist and Grip Xtend, driver and passenger airbags including side airbags, cruise control and speed limiter, reverse parking sensors and an Eco Mode. For the manual transmission versions Energy Smart Management and Stop/Start are now available.

All standard wheelbase petrol models also feature a cargo mat for the load area, which protects the cabin floor, helps to stop cargo moving around and reduces cabin noise. These features now mirror those offered in the long wheelbase turbo-diesel Maxi versions.

Kangoo options
Just as no two businesses are identical, no two business Kangoos need be identical, thanks to a wide range of factory and dealer fit accessories with which customers can personalise their Kangoo.

The new petrol-powered versions offer Renault R-LINK enhanced satellite navigation complete with a seven-inch colour touch screen and a rear view camera. Also available are the same 15 inch ‘Aria’ light alloy wheels as fitted to the Maxi Crew, as well as glazing for the side sliding doors. A fold-flat front passenger seat is also available along with an overhead parcel shelf, a steel bulkhead to be fitted behind the seats, anti-slip timber floor and the highly individual ‘Girafon’ retractable roof flap.

To keep things simple, Renault is offering a single optional Pro Pack for the petrol powered models, comprising R-LINK media, satnav and camera, an overhead cabin storage shelf and glazed dual rear and side sliding doors.

Kangoo success in Australia
Since the current generation Kangoo was launched in Australia in 2011, Renault has delivered more than 4,000 vehicles. The Kangoo has a high level of recognition among small van buyers and has proved itself capable of handling a diverse array of tasks. It will take a full Australian pallet between the rear wheel arches and the standard specification of a sliding door on each side of the vehicle makes it extremely popular.

“Renault has improved on Kangoo’s core strengths of class-leading comfort, versatility and practicality with this update,” Lyndon said. “Kangoo continues to offer very good value to anyone looking for a small van, especially when you factor in Renault’s Capped Price Servicing plan,” Lyndon said.

“These significant upgrades make Kangoo a great choice for small and medium businesses as well as fleet and government buyers looking for excellent performance and safety combined with low running costs.”

The fun-to-drive, can-do Kangoo petrol models are now available at Renault’s 55-strong national dealer network.

The new Kangoo range in detail

Engine 1.2 litre
84kW at 4,500rpm
190Nm at 2,000-4,000rpm
 

Gearbox

Six-speed manual OR six-speed EDC
 

Fuel tank

56 litres
 

Kerb weight

1,245kg (man)
1,270kg (EDC)
 

Payload

675kg (man)
540kg (EDC)

Manufacturer’s List Price (MLP)

Variant

Trans

MLP*

Drive-away price**

1.2 litre turbocharged petrol 84kW Manual

$23,490

n/a

1.2 litre turbocharged petrol 84kW EDC

$26,490

n/a

1.5 litre turbo diesel Maxi Manual

$26,990

$26,990

1.5 litre turbo diesel Maxi Crew Manual

$29,490

$29,490

* Excludes dealer delivery and statutory charges

** National drive-away price until 31 March 2017

 

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