The new Renault Kangoo debuts as a replacement for the Renault Scénic
Goodbye to the jovial and curvy design of the previous Renault Kangoo. For its third generation, the Kangoo sports a much more serious style in order to rival the Citroën Berlingo and the Peugeot Rifter . The new Renault Kangoo in its touring version, which is now called the Kangoo Combi , significantly departs from the light industrial one barely adapted for family use that it was until now.
The new Renautl Kangoo comes in two versions, Kangoo Combi and Kangoo Van, station wagon and light industrial, respectively. Its design is inspired by the ZE concept car presented in April 2019, its lines are now much more angular, it has a somewhat more serious style.
Not that the previous generation was ugly, but the design that could well have been that of a giant Playmobil toy no longer corresponds to the new role of the Kangoo. This change in aesthetic language prepares the Kangoo for its new role: replacing the Renault Scénic. With the exit of the Scénic from the market (scheduled for 2021/2022) and without direct replacement , the new Kangoo will be Renault’s proposal for those looking for a family car, versatile and spacious.
Thus, Renault developed at the same time the two versions, Combi and Van. The dashboard, for example, is more typical of a passenger car than a van. Now it is dominated by a large touch screen, accompanied by direct access keys.
A Renault Kangoo more tourism and less industrial
On board, the new Kangoo inherits elements from the Renault Clio and Captur, such as the multifunction steering wheel and the climate control controls and, in general, on the dashboard. What’s more, the dashboard even has, as an option, wooden inserts to give it a more welcoming and less industrial air.
The range of available driving aids will be updated. It should have, either as standard or as an option, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistant and vehicle blind spot warning, as they are essential elements if you want to have a good grade in the EuroNCAP tests.
Renault also promises an improved build quality. All these developments will benefit the future Mercedes T-Class and its electric derivative EQT. And is that like the current Mercedes Citan, the new Mercedes light-family industrial will be the result of collaboration with Renault.
The side opening with sliding door and without central pillar will be reserved in principle for the industrial version, as well as the possibility of choosing between two body lengths.
The new Renault Kangoo will have an opening without a central pillar and with the possibility of lowering the backrest of the passenger seat to facilitate loading.
And is that the Kangoo Van will be available in two lengths and will be proposed with manual and automatic transmission in both diesel, gasoline and electric versions. Its useful volume ranges from 3.3 to 3.9 m³ in the standard version and from 4.2 to 4.9 m³ in the long version.
Thus, the Kangoo Combi will only be available short and five-seater version. It is a slight handicap against the Citroën Berlingo and Peugeot Rifter, which offer more possibilities.
A Kangoo with diesel, gasoline hybrid and 100% electric engines
At the level of equipment, we know that it will equip the digital interior rear view camera with Permanent Rear View and will have the Trailer Swing Assist trailer stability control as well as AEBS (Advanced Emergency Braking System) automatic emergency braking.
The new generation of the Renault Kangoo will begin to reach the markets from March 2021. We will also learn more details about the new Kangoo throughout the month of February.
At the moment, the brand reveals the physiognomy of the car and does not give up on the available engines, beyond the availability of diesel, gasoline and electric engines. Even so, it is very likely that it will arrive with the E-Tech engines, released by the Clio and Captur , as well as the 1.5 Blue dCi of 95 and 115 hp, in diesel.