Renault Express

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Express
Renault Express.jpg
Overview
Also calledExtra, Rapid
Production1985–2000
1996–2002 (South America)
Body and chassis
Body styleVan
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,580 mm (101.6 in)
Length4,056 mm (159.7 in)
Width1,566 mm (61.7 in)
Height1,776 mm (69.9 in)
Chronology
PredecessorRenault R4 F6
SuccessorRenault Kangoo

The Renault Express is a panel van of the French automobile manufacturer Renault, which in July 1985 succeeded the R4 F6, and was placed on the market. It was based on the second generation Renault 5.

It was commercialised in some European countries as the Renault Extra (United Kingdom and Ireland),Renault Rapid (mainly German speaking countries) or Renault Express (in France, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Japan, Taiwan). From 1996 to 2002, the Express was produced for South America at Nordex in Uruguay.

Structure[edit]

Technically, the Express was based on the second generation of the Renault 5 to which it is identical, except for a few stylistic changes, back to the A-pillar. It also uses the two front doors from the 5-door car.

Special features of the Express compared to the Renault 5 were the lengthened wheelbase by about 15cm, the raised roof over the driver's cab and the box structure behind the B-pillar. The vehicle came as a non or partially glazed panel van version with up to two seats, as a glazed combi with five seats. Rear access was double doors in the rear (with or without 'giraffe hatch' above for long items) , or with a large, upward opening tailgate. The Express was also supplied as pickup, as standard factory wheelchair vans or with various special bodies (refrigerated trucks, workshop vehicles available, etc.).

As with its predecessors, the Renault 4 F4 and F6, all wheels were individually suspended: The front by MacPherson struts and wishbones and the rear by trailing arms with torsion bars. Most similar vehicles, such as the Volkswagen Caddy or Opel Combo etc. had a rear dead axle with leaf springs. Ford bought in the Renault Express rear suspension for their 1990s Fiesta Courier.

Model series[edit]

The facelift was carried out, as in Renault usual, in several so called phases.

The first version (Phase 1) was built from the middle of 1985 until the summer 1991. Here, Renault first offered a panel van with a 1600cc diesel engine (40 kW/54 hp), while the gasoline engines came from the Renault 5 for use. Also discoverable were the almost vertical headlamps.

In the summer of 1991, a revision was carried out for Phase 2. The engine range changed, because now partially machines from Renault Clio were taken. Added to this was, among other things, a 1900cc diesel engine with 47 kW (64 hp). Also discoverable was at the modernised radiator grill, which was usually kept in gray plastic and aerodynamically slightly cheaper.

The Phase 3 of the model was from the beginning of 1994 until its replacement, the Kangoo, was launched in the end of 1997. The biggest differentiators were looking high quality materials, the radiator grille in body colour and the slightly revised taillights. At extra costs was for an airbag being available. Not only was the safety equipment upgraded, the comfort features, such as central locking with remote control, were updated as well.

In Phase 3, the 1600cc diesel engine was dropped. Production ended in July 2000.

Engine[edit]

Model Type cylinder capacity
cm³
Max. power
kW (hp) / rpm.
Torque
Nm / rpm.
0-100 km/t
sec.
Year
Petrol
1.0 C1C 956 31 (42) / 4400 63 / 2500 1986−1991
1.1 C1E 1108 33 (45) / 4400 85 / 2000 20,1 1986−1991
1.2 E5F 1171 40 (55) / 6000 84 / 3500 16,5 1991−1997
1.2 C3G 1239 40 (54) / 5300 90 / 4800 16,5 1995−1997
1.4 C2J 1397 50 (68) / 5250 104 / 3500 14,5 1986−1992
1.4 C3J 1390 44 (60) / 5250 101 / 2750 1986−1992
1.4 E7J 1390 55 (75) / 5600 109 / 4000 1991−1997
1.5 C3L 1565 43 (58) / 5000 100 / 3500 14,5 1996−2000
Diesel
1.6 D F8M 1596 40 (55) / 4800 102 / 2250 17,8 1986−1991
1.9 D F8Q 1870 40 (55) / 3900 123 / 2250 18,5 1995−1997
1.9 D F8Q 1870 47 (64) / 4500 118 / 2250 16,5 1991−1997