Electric model adds buzz to Kangoo range
THE BIG NEWS ABOUT RENAULT’S KANGOO IS THE ELECTRIC version that joined the petrol 1.6-litre in the New Zealand range during 2016.
The electric Kangoo – dubbed the Kangoo E – made business news headlines when Air New Zealand announced it was buying 28 for it onairport vehicle fleet.
It was a shot in the arm for the relatively slow-selling little French workhorse which saw the Kangoo’s 2016 sales rise to 62.
The Kangoo deal is part of a major programme in which Air NZ is replacing piston-engined, fossil fuel-burning, vehicles on its nationwide fleet. The airline’s Kangoos are long-wheelbase Maxi ZE models.
The van’s electric motor develops 44kw of maximum power and 226Nm of peak torque. It doesn’t have a conventional gearbox and uses a reducer transmission. Top speed is 130km/h, and it accelerates to 50mk/h in 5.5 seconds.
The range between charge-ups is 80km to 125km, and charging takes six to nine hours. Low rolling resistance 195/65 R15 tyres are fitted to 15-inch rims.
The electric Kangoo has a kerb weight of 1505kg, a maximum payload of 650kg, and can tow a 322kg braked trailer; cargo volume is four cubic metres.
When Renault released the Kangoo city van locally in 2013, there was a choice of diesel and petrol engines
Currently, it’s sold only with a 1.6-litre Euro 5-compliant four-cylinder petrol engine developing 79kw of maximum power at 6000rpm and 148Nm of peak torque at 3750rpm.
Kangoo buyers can choose between a five-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed automatic, and the van is front-wheel drive.
Up front there’s room for two and behind the driver and passenger there’s a windowless steel bulkhead on the automatic. The manual has a tubular barrier behind the driver.
The automatic’s bulkhead is in upper and lower sections which can be unbolted and removed together or singly.
An optional Visibility Pack can be fitted to both models at added cost. It consists of a bulkhead with a rear window, a rear-view mirror and reversing camera.
The Kangoo comes standard with a left-side sliding door and a rightside door is an added-cost option.
The rear barn style doors open to 180 degrees and have windows and a windscreen wiper.
The Kangoo’s cockpit has a clean layout and a dashboard-mounted gear lever.
Standard equipment includes an AM/FM CD/MP3 sound system, and plenty of storage spaces, including an overhead shelf.
The remote audio controls are mounted on the steering column behind the steering wheel and the trip computer switchgear is mounted at the end of the right hand side wiper stalk. Cruise control and speed-limiter controls are on the indicator left-hand stalk.
The Kangoo has electrically-wound front windows, an engine immobiliser, Bluetooth functionality with streaming, a 12-volt outlet, AUX and USB inputs, and manually-controlled air-conditioning with a pollen filter.
Among the other standard equipment are ABS anti-lock braking with emergency brake assist and emergency brake force distribution, traction control, stability control, dual front airbags, and central door-locking.
The Kangoo’s three cubic metre cargo space features side wall protection, lighting, and 10 strategically-positioned cargo tie-down points.
Renault quotes a 611kg payload for the manual Kangoo, and three kilograms less on the auto.
Importantly, the Kangoo’s tight 10.7-metre turning circle gives it plenty of manoeuvrability in tighter situations, and makes it easy to park.
The manual is priced at $29,990 manual and the auto at $31,990.