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2021 Renault Kangoo revealed: price, spec and release date

All-new Kangoo van will go on sale early in 2022 with revised exterior and interior, plus improved diesel and electric powertrains .....

2021 Renault Kangoo van

On sale Early 2022 | Price from £18,000 (est, excluding VAT)

The new Renault Kangoo will go on sale early next year as a rival to the VW Caddy and Ford Transit Connect, eclipsing both once again by being available in fully electric guise.

The new Kangoo will be available in two lengths, with load volumes slightly increased in comparison with the current model at 3.3-3.9m3 in the standard van and 4.2-4.9 m3 in the longer Cargo Maxi version. And while UK specifications have yet to be announced, we can confirm that European models will also be available with a revolutionary new side door design that Renault has dubbed 'Open Sesame'. 

2021 Renault Kangoo Side Profile

With Open Sesame doors, the Kangoo’s passenger-side B-pillar is removed, giving it the best side door opening width in the class (1.45m to be precise) when the front passenger door and sliding side door are opened in unison. This feature should make loading and unloading the vehicle in tight city environments significantly easier. Conversion firm Sortimo has also created a pivoting rack system that takes advantage of the wider door frame – this will sit alongside a range of additional smart storage solutions, including a roof-mounted rack for items up to 2.5-metres long (in the Maxi).

We suspect that UK-market powertrain options will closely mirror what is available on the continent – namely, a 1.3-litre petrol engine with either 99bhp or 128bhp (bringing TCe 100 and TCe 130 badges respectively) or a 1.5-litre diesel with 74bhp, 94bhp or 113bhp (Blue dCi 75, 95 and 115). The entry-level 1.3 TCe 100 and 1.5 Blue dCi 75 are only available with a six-speed manual gearbox; the more powerful variants offer the option of a seven-speed automatic.

2021 Renault Kangoo van interior

An all-new Kangoo ZE electric van will also be offered come 2022. With a larger 44kWh battery pack (the old van had to make do with just 33kWh), range is up from a paltry 90 miles to a far more acceptable 165 miles WLTP. This should make the new Kangoo ZE a viable option for a greater number of businesses, as should its ability to fast charge. Using a 75kW DC fast charger, an 80% charge can be achieved from empty in around 42 minutes. If you use an 11kW wallbox, that time increases to 4h and 30min. 

Meanwhile, styling changes to the Kangoo include a completely redesigned front end, featuring a new grille and front bumper arrangement, and more heavily sculpted sides.

2021 Renault Kangoo Storage

Inside, the new Kangoo is more car-like than ever, most notably its revised horizontal dashboard arrangement includes an optional eight-inch infotainment system. There’s a completely new design of seat, too, that’s said to offer enhanced comfort and durability, and Renault highlights the number of storage cubbies on offer – European models will get 46-66 litres of internal storage. 

New driver-assistance features include automatic emergency braking (with cyclist detection), adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, side wind assist and a so-called Permanent Rear View digital interior mirror, which uses an external camera to provide a view behind the Kangoo, getting around the issue of how the bulkhead blocks natural rear-view vision. 

2021 Renault Kangoo Door

To date, four million Kangoos have been sold, 50,000 of them full EVs. Renault has pledged to offer an electrified version of every van it sells by 2022.

While UK pricing has not yet been revealed, it is not expected to climb significantly from today’s levels once the additional kit is taken into account.

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