The Renault Kangoo as well as the Kangoo Express are both classified as luxury activity vehicles and light commercial vehicles. The Kangoo was first manufactured in 1997 at the MCA plant which is located in Maubeuge, France. This vehicle has been manufactured in a number of different places around the world, including France, Morocco, Argentina, Casablanca, and Santa Isabel. There was a version of this vehicle marketed specifically to ASEAN markets and was assembled in Malaysia at the Segambut plant. Mercedes-Benz launched its own version of the Kangoo in 2012 and it is called the Mercedes-Benz Citan.
The first generation of this vehicle was first introduced in 1997 with a facelift in 2003 that added a number of new features and improved various aspects of it. This facelift led to the Phase II model of the Kangoo. These vehicles have a distinctive nose styling which is standard with all of the Renault vehicles. There is Renault diamond mounted on the body color panel of these vehicles, located in the middle of the grill with teardrop headlamps. The Kangoo Break’Up was a concept version that was announced in 2002 and used a 4-wheel drive system. This vehicle has a 1.6 liter engine which is capable of producing up to 110 horsepower.
The all-wheel drive system used by the Renault Kangoo is significantly different from that of the Ranault Scenic RX4 because of the fact that it uses a Nissan-sourced automatic torque coupling ATC as well as hydraulic coupling which engages drive on all four wheels. The suspension on this vehicle is similar to that of the basic Kangoo, but it has been strengthened and raise for increased ground clearance as well as wheel travel. The changes that were made to the Kangoo Trekka gave it a 400mm fording depth along with a 28 degree hill-climbing ability for rough terrain.
The Kangoo Trekka was initially marketed only in the United Kingdom with two different engines, including the 1.6 liter 16-valve petrol engine and the 1.9 liter dCi common-rail turbodiesel. These models were priced relatively cheaply when they first came out in 2005, which was certainly part of the initial appeal from consumers. The diesel engine in this vehicle has a peak torque of 133 pound-feet and a fuel economy of 40 mpg. The petrol engine was capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in 14.3 seconds and has a fuel economy of 31 mpg.
The Kangoo II was initially launched in 2008 and was called the New Renault Kangoo as well as the New Renault Kangoo Express, making up the new generation of these vehicles. Sales for this vehicle started in January of 2008 are were sold by Mercedez-Benz as the Citan with a heavily revised design and were eventually launched in September of 2012. The second generation Kangoo is available in three different wheelbase configurations, including Compact, Express, and Maxi. There was also a facelifted version of the van and passenger versions which were launched in 2013.
The Kangoo Z.E. was built at the Maubeuge plant and the electric van went on sale in October of 2011. There were a total of 3,652 of these vehicles registered in France through December of 2012 and a total of 2,869 units delivered. This vehicle went on to be the top-selling electric plug-in vehicle in the entire country, surpassing all other similar vehicles by leaps and bounds. Worldwide sales of the Kangoo Z.E. passed 10,000 in September of 2013 and represented a total of 10% of overall Kangoo van sales around the world. There is no doubt that both the original Kangoo as well as its variants have experienced tremendous popularity and continue to impress consumers.