Renault Kangoo

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Renault Kangoo
Renault Kangoo Paris 105 (II, Facelift) – Frontansicht, 10. August 2013, Ratingen.jpg
Body and chassis
ClassLeisure activity vehicle/Light commercial vehicle (M)
Body style4/5-door van
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel drive
PredecessorRenault Express

The Renault Kangoo and the Renault Kangoo Express are a range of light commercial vehicles manufactured and marketed by Renault across two generations since 1997 in commercial as well as passenger variants. As of December 2018, the electric variant, the Renault Kangoo Z.E., is the world's top selling all electric light utility vehicle, with global sales of 38,527 units, since its inception in 2011.[1][2]

The Kangoo is manufactured at the MCA plant in Maubeuge, France and Casablanca, Morocco. The version for the ASEAN markets was assembled by the Malaysian Tan Chong Euro Cars in its Segambut plant.[3][4]

The first generation model was marketed as a rebadged variant by Nissan in Europe as the Nissan Kubistar until the end of 2009, in other Spanish-parlant countries has retained his original designation, when it was replaced by the Nissan NV200. In September 2012, Mercedes-Benz began marketing a rebadged variant of the second generation Kangoo as the Mercedes-Benz Citan.[5]

Kangoo I (1997–2007)[edit]

Kangoo I
Renault Kangoo I front 20090121.jpg
Also calledNissan Kubistar
Production1997–2007 (continues in China)[6][7]
Body and chassis
Body style4/5-door van
5-door MPV
RelatedRenault Clio II
Wheelbase2,605 mm (102.6 in)
Length4,035 mm (158.9 in)
Width1,670 mm (65.7 in)
Height1,800 mm (70.9 in)
SuccessorNissan NV200 (for Nissan Kubistar)
Renault Kangoo (pre facelift)
Renault Kangoo (first facelift)
Renault Kangoo (second facelift)

The first generation Kangoo was introduced in October 1997 and was facelifted in March 2003, with new front end nose styling, especially the grille, standardised across the Renault range, with the Renault diamond mounted on a body colour panel in the centre of the grille and teardrop headlamps.

The rear windows and seats of the Kangoo could be removed, producing the panel van Kangoo Express. The Kangoo became popular with the mobility impaired and wheelchair users, due to its height and accessibility and because it could be adapted to include mounting points for wheelchairs.[citation needed]

Both the Kangoo and Kangoo Express were available in four-wheel drive versions and a lengthened version was also available, with an increased cargo area. A pickup version was sold in the Swedish market. In some countries, such as Malaysia, the Kangoo was assembled by Nissan with a third row of three seats.

A badge-engineered version of the Kangoo panel van was sold as the Nissan Kubistar,[11] sold by Nissan from 1997 to 2009.


The Kangoo Break'Up was a four wheel drive concept car announced in August 2002 and previewed the facelift design due in 2003, together with a pick up style rear. It was powered by 1.6 L engine producing 82 kW (110 hp).[12]

Four wheel drive[edit]

Nissan Kubistar
Post facelift Renault Kangoo that is able to carry a wheelchair
Renault Kangoo Trekka

The 4WD version of the Kangoo was introduced in 2002, and was marketed under the model name Trekka. It should not be confused with the Skoda powered New Zealand built utility vehicle named Trekka, which was marketed in the Antipodes, for several years around 1970.

The Kangoo Trekka's all wheel drive system differed from the Renault Scenic RX4 in its inclusion of a Nissan sourced automatic torque coupling "ATC", a hydraulic coupling that would engage drive on all four wheels should the front wheels start to lose traction.

This still allowed the Kangoo Trekka to run in front wheel drive in most conditions, saving fuel. Working in combination with the ATC, the Kangoo Trekka also featured an electronically controlled "ASR" traction control system which could brake the front wheels to arrest traction loss.

The suspension on the front had longer front struts with revised coil springs, lower suspension arms were revised to a cast steel item, whilst the rear suspension was totally revised from the standard Kangoo torsion bar suspension beam axle to a fully independent coil sprung system with wishbones, the rear differential was centrally mounted with two driveshaft transmitting power to the rear wheels, all this was carried on a specially manufactured subframe which raised the ground clearance and wheel travel.

These changes gave the Kangoo Trekka a 400 mm (15.7 in) fording depth and 28 degree hill climbing capability. The Kangoo Trekka was marketed in the United Kingdom with a choice of two engines, the 1.6 L 16 valve petrol engine and the 1.9 L dCi common rail turbodiesel both with a five speed manual gearbox

In 2005, these models were priced at £12,600 and £13,600 respectively. The diesel produced a peak torque of 180 N⋅m (133 lb⋅ft) and returned over 7 L/100 km (40 mpg‑imp; 34 mpg‑US) on the combined (urban and extra urban) fuel consumption test.

The petrol engine had a 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 60 mph) time of 14.3 seconds, and a combined fuel consumption of 9 L/100 km (31 mpg‑imp; 26 mpg‑US). The interior of the Kangoo Trekka was spartan, and the rear bench seat could be folded forward to provide a 2.5 m3 (88 cu ft) loading area, to which sliding side doors provided better access.


The Kangoo and Kangoo Express was/is available with a choice of multiple engines:

  • 1.0 L D-series petrol, 44 kW (59 hp) (8v) / 51 kW (68 hp) (16v)
  • 1.2 L D-series petrol, 45 kW (60 hp) (8v) / 56 kW (75 hp) (16v)
  • 1.4 L 8v Energy petrol, 56 kW (75 hp)
  • 1.6 L 16v K-series petrol, 71 kW (95 hp)
  • 1.5 L dCi turbodiesel, 43 kW (57 hp)/48 kW (65 hp)/

51 kW (68 hp)/52 kW (70 hp)/ 61 kW (82 hp)/63 kW (85 hp)/ 66 kW (88 hp)

  • 1.9 L F-series D diesel, 41 kW (55 hp)/48 kW (65 hp) (normally aspirated, indirect injection)
  • 1.9 L F-series dTi turbodiesel, 60 kW (80 hp) (direct injection)
  • 1.9 L F-series dCi turbodiesel, 60 kW (80 hp)/63 kW (85 hp)
  • Electric Electri'cité (limited edition)
  • Plug-in Hybrid Elect'road (limited edition)

Some LPG and CNG variants of petrol engines have also been produced.

Electric vehicles based on Kangoo I[edit]

Cleanova II is a hybrid electric drive train system, used in a vehicle based on Renault Kangoo, with two electric versions: full electric vehicle (FEV) and plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV).[citation needed]

Kangoo II (2007–2020)[edit]

Kangoo II
Renault Kangoo front 20080415.jpg
Also calledMercedes-Benz Citan
Nissan NV250
AssemblyFrance: Maubeuge (MCA)[13]
Body and chassis
ClassPanel van/Leisure activity vehicle
Body style3/5-door panel van
5-door MPV
PlatformRenault C platform
RelatedRenault Mégane II
Renault Scénic II
Wheelbase2,313 mm (91.1 in) (Compact)
2,679 mm (105.5 in) (Express)
3,081 mm (121.3 in) (Maxi)
Length3,898 mm (153.5 in) (Compact)
4,213 mm (165.9 in) (Express)
4,666 mm (183.7 in) (Maxi)
Width1,829 mm (72.0 in)
Height1,812 mm (71.3 in) (Compact)
1,844 mm (72.6 in) (Express)
1,836 mm (72.3 in) (Maxi)
Kangoo Compact (Europe; pre facelift)

The New Renault Kangoo and New Renault Kangoo Express are the new generation light commercial vehicles (LCV) in Renault's lineup. Based on the Scenic and manufactured in Maubeuge, sales began in May 2007. A seven seat version, which is longer by 40cm, became available from July 2012.

They are also sold by Mercedes-Benz as the Mercedes-Benz Citan, with a revised front design, being launched in September 2012. In February 2012, Renault retired the Kangoo MPV, Espace, Laguna, Modus, and Wind lines in the United Kingdom.[14]

A facelifted version of both the van and the passenger versions was available from the beginning of 2013.[15][16]

During November 2018, it was announced Nissan will be badge engineering the Kangoo, turning it into its NV250.[17]

Body styles[edit]

Facelifted Kangoo II

The Kangoo is available in three wheelbase configurations: the Kangoo Express, the Kangoo Compact with a shorter wheelbase, and the Kangoo Express Maxi with a longer wheelbase – all three offered in passenger variants.[18][19][20] The short wheelbase version was sold as the Kangoo Be Bop between 2009 and 2012.[21]

The payload of the Kangoo Express and Express Maxi is between 650 kg (1,433 lb) and 825 kg (1,819 lb) depending on version and market, while the Kangoo Compact with its short wheelbase has a reduced payload of 500 kg (1,102 lb).[20][22] The Kangoo Express Maxi has up to 2.90 m (9.5 ft) of usable floor length.[23]


Model Type cylinder capacity
Max. power
kW (hp) / rpm.
Nm / rpm.
0-100 km/t
1.2 H5Ft 1197 84 (112) / 4500 190 / 2000 2016-
1.6 K4M 1598 78 (105) / 5750 148 / 3750 2007-16
1.5 K9K 1461 81 (109) / 4000 240 / 1750 2007-

Kangoo Z.E.[edit]

Renault Kangoo Z.E.
2012 Renault Kangoo Z.E. front II.JPG
AssemblyFrance: Maubeuge (MCA)
Body and chassis
ClassElectric panel van
Body styleVan
Battery22 kWh lithium ion battery[24]
Range170 km (110 mi) NEDC[24]
Wheelbase2,697 mm
Length4,282 mm
Curb weight1,410 kg (3,110 lb)
Renault Kangoo Z.E. (rear)

As part of its Z.E. electric car initiative, Renault has developed the Kangoo Z.E. model that is manufactured at its Maubeuge plant,[25] and released the electric van for retail sales in October 2011.[26]

A total of 3,652 Kangoo Z.E. utility vans were registered in France through December 2012,[27][28] and, with 2,869 units delivered in 2012, the electric van became the top selling plug-in electric vehicle in the country.[28] During 2011, the Kangoo Z.E. sold 991 units in Europe, and cumulative sales in the region reached 6,658 units sold in the region through December 2012, with global sales of 6,665 units.[29]

Worldwide cumulative sales passed the 10,000 mark by the start of September 2013, representing about 10% of overall Kangoo van global sales.[30] The Kangoo Z.E. is the leader of the small all electric van segment, and the best selling electric vehicle in France, with 9,125 units registered through June 2014.[27][28][31][32] The Kangoo Z.E. is the world's top selling all electric light utility vehicle, with global sales of 38,527 units delivered since inception through December 2018.[1][2]

The Kangoo Z.E. has the same dimensions as the internal combustion model. It uses a synchronous electric motor with rotor coil. Its peak power is 44 kW (59 hp) at 10,500rpm, while maximum torque is 226 N⋅m (167 lbf⋅ft). Its top speed is capped electronically to 130 km/h (81 mph).[33]

The vehicle is powered by a 22 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that delivers a combined cycle range of 170 km (110 mi) NEDC that varies depending on factors such as type of road, temperature, speed or driving style.[24] In November 2011, the Kangoo Z.E. was voted International Van of the Year for 2012.[34][35] It was also elected Electric Vehicle of the Year in 2012 and 2013 by GreenFleet.[36]

Kangoo III (2020–)[edit]

The Kangoo III (and Grand Kangoo III) is an upcoming MPV to be produced by the French car manufacturer Renault from the autumn of 2020. This is the third generation of the Renault Kangoo.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Groupe Renault (July 2016). "Ventes Mensuelles" [Monthly Sales] (in French). Retrieved 29 July 2016. Includes passenger and light utility variants. Click on "Ventes mensuelles (juin 2016)" to download the file "XLSX - 240 Ko" for CYTD sales through June 2016, and open the tab "Sales by Model". Click on "+ Voir plus" (See more) to download the files "Ventes mensuelles du groupe (décembre 2011) (xls, 183 Ko)" "Ventes mensuelles (décembre 2012) (xls, 289 Ko)" - Ventes mensuelles (décembre 2013) (xlsx, 227 Ko)" - "XLSX - 220 Ko Ventes mensuelles (décembre 2014)" - "Ventes mensuelles (décembre 2015)" to download the file "XLSX - 227 Ko" for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 sales. Sales figures for 2013 were revised in the 2014 report
  2. ^ a b Groupe Renault (January 2019). "Ventes Mensuelles - Statistiques commerciales mensuelles du groupe Renault" [Monthly Sales - Monthly sales statistics of the Renault Group] (in French). Retrieved 12 February 2019. Sales figures includes passenger and light utility variants. Click on link "XLSX - 142 Ko Ventes mensuelles du Groupe (Décembre 2018)" to download the file, and open the tab "Sales by Model" to access sales figures for 2017 and 2018.
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