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Renault unveils all-new Kangoo van

Unveiled recently in five-door car form at this year???‚¬?„?s Frankfurt Motor Show, Renault is now poised to take the covers off of its New Kangoo Van at this week???‚¬?„?s European Road Transport Show, held at the Amsterdam RAI.

Kangoo Van, known in Europe as Kangoo Express, has been a phenomenal sales success since its original launch in 1997, with more than 1.3 million having found homes in its ten-year career to date. Initial photos and information for the standard wheelbase version are now being released ahead of the show to raise awareness levels for the all-new version of one of Europe???‚¬?„?s best-selling compact vans in one of the few world premieres at this year???‚¬?„?s event.

Retaining all of the previous version's inimitable character, but adding even greater comfort, modernity, quality and versatility, the New Kangoo Van goes further than ever before to meet the needs of its users. The newcomer is the fruit of an extensive development programme and in the realms of design, practicality and environmental-friendliness, makes a significant contribution when it comes to providing professionals with an economical and reliable van.

New Kangoo Van???‚¬?„?s design is modern and expressive, featuring a short, robust front end, with a spacious interior and a large, practical cargo area. Meanwhile, the forward-positioned, panoramic, MPV-style windscreen ensures an airy, bright cabin.

Inside, Renault has placed the accent on space, comfort and practicality thanks to an array of features and functions that are unprecedented in the compact van segment. The high seating position ensures a broad view of the road and combines with the dashboard-mounted gearlever to deliver a standard of driving comfort on a par with that of a passenger car.

New Kangoo Van is equipped with several practical storage solutions, including dashboard storage for an A4 document, an overhead parcel shelf and a large, 15-litre lidded glovebox (depending on version). Multi-media and Bluetooth connectivity mean that New Kangoo Van can also double easily as a travelling office.

New Kangoo Van???‚¬?„?s length of 4.21m frees up an optimised load capacity of between 3 and 3.6 cubic metres, while its interior width (1.21m between wheel arches) now makes it possible to accept a standard Euro pallet. Hinged, asymmetrical rear doors and the sliding side loading door (depending on version) give easy access to the cargo area.

New Kangoo Van adapts to meet the needs of all professional uses. This versatility extends to the possibility of folding the passenger seat (optional) to increase carrying capacity to 3.6 cubic metres. Moreover, the design of New Kangoo Van enables a long list of specific conversions to be performed thanks to the numerous specialist partnerships that have been established.

New Kangoo Van comes with a choice of economical, environmentally-friendly engines that are inexpensive to service. The range includes three diesel powerplants based on the 1.5 dCi block (70hp, 85hp and 105hp), plus two petrol engines (1.6 8V 90hp and 1.6 16V 105hp). Powered by the 85hp version of the diesel engine, New Kangoo Van returns combined cycle fuel consumption of 54.3 mpg, equivalent to CO2 emissions of just 137 grams per kilometre.

Indeed, the first two versions of the 1.5 dCi both emit less than 140g of CO2/km, making them eligible for the Renault *eco?‚?? programme, while the most powerful version can be equipped with a particulate filter (not available in the UK).

New Kangoo Van is based on the same running gear as that of Sc???©nic ???‚¬??? a model acclaimed for its dynamic performance, comfort and safety ???‚¬??? and consequently delivers a level of performance unprecedented in the LCV market. Its wheelbase dimension of 2.7m ensures balanced, reassuring handling. Depending on version and market, New Kangoo Van is equipped with driver aids more commonly associated with the world of passenger cars (cruise control, speed limiter, rear parking proximity sensor, automatic headlamp and windscreen wiper activation).

Its active and passive safety equipment surpasses the norm for an LCV and is also similar to that of a family saloon. Features include latest-generation ABS, plus MSR engine torque overrun regulation and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA). New Kangoo Van can also be ordered with ESP (Electronic Stability Programme), CSV understeer control and ASR traction control.

New Kangoo Van boasts a market-leading stopping distance of 40 metres (measured after 10 consecutive stops from 62 mph to rest).

The cabin of New Kangoo Van has been designed to ensure leading safety for all occupants, including a driver's side airbag, seatbelt pretensioners with load limiters and an anti-submarining hump in the seats (except folding front passenger seat). A passenger side airbag and driver's side thorax airbags are also available as options.

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