Renault, Europe’s number one van manufacturer since 1998, has profited from the 2013 Geneva Motor Show to reveal New Kangoo Z.E., the first model to appear in the brand’s Z.E. range and Europe’s best-selling small electric van. Its renewal forms part of the Kangoo range’s overhaul that was announced at the end of January. New Kangoo Z.E.’s lines are now even easier to distinguish from those of its internal combustion-engined counterpart. It has also been made more modern, thanks notably the introduction of the connected Renault R-Link multimedia system. The electric version continues to be available in a choice of two lengths and three configurations for up to five occupants. It naturally carries over all the user-friendly features of its predecessor and delivers the level of driving comfort associated with electric vehicles.
New Kangoo Z.E. reasserts its electric vehicle identity
Like the internal combustion-engined New Kangoo, the Z.E. version features a new front end which embodies Renault’s latest styling signature. The logo is bigger and contrasts boldly with the black background of the grille, while redesigned head lights ensure a more expressive, hi-tech gaze. The difference between the electric and internal combustion-engined versions of Renault’s small van has been accentuated, too. Indeed, New Kangoo Z.E.’s electric vehicle breeding is highlighted by the blue-tinted logo and blue rear light trims, as well as by the incorporation of black head light masks.
The battery charger socket is now concealed behind the Renault logo at the front of New Kangoo Z.E. By plugging in the cable provided with the vehicle, owners can benefit from a complete charge in between six and nine hours using a Wall Box at their home or at a roadside charging station.
Another specific feature of the electric version of New Kangoo is its ‘Z.E. Voice’ function which emits a sound to warn pedestrians of the vehicle’s approach, thereby contributing to a more relaxed driving experience in built-up areas. This system is activated at speeds of between 1 and 30kph, but switches off when the vehicle is at a standstill.
Now featuring the Renault R-Link multimedia system
There have been other significant evolutions to the latest-phase Kangoo Z.E. inside the cabin, too, including a new, more modern, quality centre console, while the connected Renault R-Link multimedia system is now also available.
Renault R-Link provides all the multimedia functions (navigation, radio, Bluetooth® telephony, connectivity with portable devices, etc.) in a single system which comes complete with a seven-inch touch screen display.
Renault R-Link also includes tools designed to minimise the consumption of energy and running costs. The Driving eco² function, for example, contributes to more economical motoring by analysing individual driving styles and providing personalised tips. The TomTom® Z.E. LIVE navigation system can be asked to suggest the most energyefficient routes. With ‘My Z.E. inter@ctive’, drivers can use their computer or smartphone to programme the charging of New Kangoo Z.E. remotely in order to benefit from off-peak electricity rates.
Internal combustion-engined New Kangoo: number one for low fuel consumption
The internal combustion-engined version of New Kangoo is the most frugal in its class. It can be ordered with one of several fuel-efficient, performance engines, including three Energy powerplants which deliver record low fuel consumption for their class:
These engines are equipped with Stop&Start and deceleration energy recovery. For even greater control of running costs, New Kangoo is equipped as standard with a gear shift indicator and an eco-mode which enables fuel consumption to be reduced by up to 10 per cent at the push of a button.
The renewal of the Kangoo range sees the line-up joined by a new version with three front seats. This solution will be available irrespective of the chosen length (except for New Kangoo Z.E., Maxi Crew Cab and five-seat Maxi version). The New Kangoo range now totals 14 variants in order to be sure of meeting the demands of the most exacting business customers.
New Kangoo: an even greater impression of quality
New Renault Kangoo uses the same running gear as Scénic which has long been acclaimed for its reliability and
strength. Careful attention has also been paid to ensuring an even higher degree of perceived quality for New Renault
Kangoo. This work has notably focused on the quality of the welds, door panel crimping and precision of the
application of body sealants which are now much more discreet.
Perceived quality stepped up within the framework of the partnership with Daimler
On April 7, 2010, having worked in association with Opel/Vauxhall and Nissan in the production of vans for many years, Renault signed a new partnership deal covering its small van programme with the German group Daimler AG.
This collaboration resulted in the creation of working groups led by engineers from both companies to monitor the production of New Renault Kangoo and the Mercedes Citan at Renault’s Maubeuge plant in France. These working groups generated valuable exchanges and saw both parties challenge the other’s processes to their mutual advantage, thereby making proactive contributions to the enhanced perceived quality seen on New Kangoo. This progress will also be beneficial to all the models that make up Renault’s LCV range.
Flashback to the original Kangoo Z.E., pioneer and Europe’s number one small electric van
It was on October 28, 2011, that the very first Kangoo Z.E.s went on sale at Renault dealerships. The launch of the zero-emission small van marked the official beginning of Renault’s electric vehicle offensive. It was the first of the four models which now make up the brand’s electric vehicle range, namely Kangoo Z.E. and Fluence Z.E., plus Twizy and ZOE which can only be ordered with electric motors. The van was widely acclaimed by the media and soon won a long list of awards, including the highly-coveted International Van of the Year 2012 prize, a first for an electric vehicle.
The jury notably hailed the newcomer’s carrying capacity and driving enjoyment. In October 2011, Kangoo Z.E. won a tender to supply more than 15,000 vehicles over a period of four years to 19 major businesses and administrative bodies in France.
Kangoo Z.E. is also Europe’s best-selling electric van, with registrations totalling almost 7,000 vehicles, including approximately 4,000 in France. Of these, 1,800 were ordered by La Poste. These vehicles face a tough working life since they cover an average daily distance of 50km for the delivery of mail, involving up to 300 stops per day with the driver’s door frequently open and the heater on full in cold weather, which is hardly ideal for optimising range. Yet Kangoo Z.E. is proving highly satisfactory in its new role. “Those who drive these vehicles say they don’t want to go back to an internal combustion engine,” notes one member of La Poste’s staff.
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