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Renault Kangoo
Renault Kangoo
Renault Kangoo rear.JPG
Manufacturer Renault
Also called Nissan Kubistar
Production 1997-2007 in EU, goes on in Argentina
Predecessor Renault 4F4/Combi
Renault 4F6/Combi
Renault Express/Combi (Renault 5 based)
Successor New Renault Kangoo
Class Panel van / leisure activity vehicle
Layout FF layout
Wheelbase 2,605 mm (102.6 in)
Length 4,035 mm (158.9 in)
Width 1,670 mm (65.7 in)
Height 1,800 mm (70.9 in)
Related Nissan Kubistar

The Renault Kangoo and Kangoo Express are panel van and leisure activity vehicle produced by French automaker Renault since 1997. The Kangoo is manufactured in the MCA plant in Maubeuge, France, and in Santa Isabel, Argentina. It is also sold by Nissan in Latin America and Europe as the Kubistar.


First generation

Renault Kangoo first generation facelift version

The first generation Kangoo was introduced in 1997. It was facelifted in 2003, resulting in a Phase II model. The Phase II vehicles are distinguished by their new nose styling, standardised across the Renault range, with the Renault diamond mounted on a body colour panel in the centre of the grille and teardrop headlamps.

The rear windows and seats of the Kangoo could be removed, producing the panel van Kangoo Express. The Kangoo became popular with the mobility-impaired and wheelchair users due to its height and accessibility and because it could be adapted to include mounting points for wheelchairs.

Both the Kangoo and Kangoo Express were available in four-wheel drive versions and a lengthened version was also available, with an increased cargo area. A pickup truck version was sold in the Swedish market. In some countries, such as Malaysia, the Kangoo was assembled by Nissan with a third row of 3 seats.

Four wheel drive

A Renault Kangoo that is able to carry a wheel chair.

The 4WD version of the Kangoo was introduced in 2002 and was marketed under the model name Trekka. It should not be confused with the Skoda-powered New Zealand built utility vehicle named Trekka, which was marketed in the Antipodes for several years around 1970 .

The Kangoo Trekka's all-wheel drive system differed from the Renault Scenic RX4 in its inclusion of a Nissan sourced automatic torque coupling "ATC", an hydraulic coupling that would engage drive on all four wheels should the front wheels start to lose traction. This still allowed the Kangoo Trekka to run in front wheel drive in most conditions, saving fuel. Working in combination with the ATC, the Kangoo Trekka also featured an electronically controlled "ASR" traction control system which could brake the front wheels to arrest traction loss.

The suspension was similar to the standard Kangoo only strengthened and raised to provide better ground clearance and wheel travel. These changes gave the Kangoo Trekka good approach and departure angles, a 400 mm fording depth and 28-degree hill-climbing capability. The Kangoo Trekka was marketed in the United Kingdom with a choice of two engines, the 1.6-litre 16-valve petrol engine and the 1.9-litre dCi common-rail turbodiesel. In 2005 these models were priced at £12,600 and £13,600 respectively. The Diesel produced a peak torque of 133 lb/ft and returned over 40mpg on the combined (urban and extra urban) fuel consumption test. The petrol engine had a 0-60 mph time of 14.3 seconds and a combined fuel consumption of 31.4mpg.

The interior of the Kangoo Trekka was spartan and easy to clean. The rear bench seat could be folded forward to provide a 2500-litre loading area to which sliding side doors provided good access. In addition to 60 litre side bins, the cabin featured overhead bins to provide additional oddments space.


Combined serial (up to 80km/h) and parallel (over 80km/h) hybrid engine used in the Renault Kangoo Elect'Road plug-in hybrid, from the EVER Monaco, March 2007

The Kangoo and Kangoo Express was/is available with a choice of multiple engines:

  • 1.0 litre D-series petrol, 59 bhp (44 kW; 60 PS) (8v) / 68 bhp (51 kW; 69 PS) (16v)
  • 1.2 litre D-series petrol, 60 bhp (45 kW; 61 PS) (8v) / 75 bhp (56 kW; 76 PS) (16v)
  • 1.4 litre 8v Energy petrol, 75 bhp (56 kW; 76 PS)
  • 1.6 litre 16v K-series petrol, 95 bhp (71 kW; 96 PS)
  • 1.5 litre dCi turbodiesel, 57/65/68/70/82/85/88/105 bhp
  • 1.9 litre F-series D diesel, 55 bhp (41 kW; 56 PS)/65 bhp (48 kW; 66 PS) (normally aspirated, indirect injection)
  • 1.9 litre F-series dTi turbodiesel, 80 bhp (60 kW; 81 PS) (direct injection)
  • 1.9 litre F-series dCi turbodiesel, 80 bhp (60 kW; 81 PS)/85 bhp (63 kW; 86 PS)
  • Electric Electri'cité (limited edition)
  • Plug-in Hybrid Elect'road (limited edition)

Some LPG and CNG variants of petrol engines have also been produced.

Second generation

New Renault Kangoo
New Renault Kangoo
Renault Kangoo II rear.jpg
Manufacturer Renault
Production 2008-present
Predecessor Renault 4F4/Combi
Renault 4F6/Combi
Renault Express/Combi (Renault 5 based) / Renault Kangoo (ClioII based)
Successor None
Class Panel van / leisure activity vehicle
Layout FF layout
Wheelbase 2,697 mm (106.2 in)
Length 4,213 mm (165.9 in)
Width 1,829 mm (72.0 in)
Height 1,839 mm (72.4 in)
New Kangoo Compact concept car

The New Renault Kangoo and New Renault Kangoo Express were the new generation light commercial vehicle (LCV) in Renault's lineup. Based on the Scenic and manufactured in Maubeuge, sales began in January 2008. A short wheel base version New Kangoo Compact was to be released in the northern hemisphere spring of 2008.

Electric vehicles

Cleanova II is a vehicle based on Renault Kangoo, with two electric versions: full-electric vehicle (FEV) and plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV).

Also there is a Hybrid Kangoo by Green Propulsion.

Renault has announced the development of an electric Kangoo [1].


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