Renault is ready to unveil its third-generation small van later this year. The Renault Kangoo 2020 is a completely new van from the wheels up, introducing new technology, better ride and comfort and a range of new powerful engines.
The Kangoo name first appeared back in 1997 as a replacement for the Renault Extra van. The first-generation ran until 2008 when the second-generation, which followed on from its predecessor’s bubbly design, was launched.
However, the second-generation van is currently the oldest van in its segment after the Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner received an update in 2018. The van received a modest facelift in 2013.
Renault Kangoo 2020 engine and driveline
Given that Renault has retired the 1.5-litre (1,461cc) K9K engine on other vehicles and its age (it was first introduced on the Clio in 2001), its likely the French manufacturer will offer an entirely new engine on the Renault Kangoo 2020.
The most obvious solution is the newly-developed 1.6-litre (1,598cc) unit from the Renault Trafic, which also features in a number of Renault-Nissan Alliance passenger cars too.
Engineers have also been tasked with making the new vehicle more comfortable to drive. The current generation is noticeably less refined that its stablemates and this is rapidly rising up the list of key customer requirements.
Electric versions will play an increasing role in the Kangoo, with Renault expected to upgrade to a 60kWh battery offering a 280 mile range.
Payload is most certainly going to be at the top of the agenda for the engineers; the Renault Kangoo is currently one of the only vehicles in the segment not to offer a one-tonne payload. A source at Renault-Nissan HQ in Paris has confirmed to VanGuide.co.uk that there will be three wheelbases offered.
Renault Kangoo 2020 price and availability
The new model is earmarked for a Q3 2020 launch, meaning it is likely to roll into UK dealers in time for the September 2020 registrations. The Renault Kangoo will share the same layout, with restyled front ends, as the Nissan NV200 and Mercedes-Benz Citan.
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