Renault has unveiled not one but two new Kangoo models: the upscale Kangoo, and the cheaper Kangoo Express.
Only the Kangoo will be offered in Australia, the company’s local arm has confirmed to CarExpert. Timing for the local launch has yet to be confirmed, though.
There’s new Kangoo will be built in France and sold around the world. It will be available with diesel, petrol, and all-electric drivetrains.
This model will be available in two lengths, and sold as either a light commercial van or a five-seat people mover.
There’s also the new Kangoo Express to built in Tangier, Morocco, and is aimed at those looking to fulfil their “basic needs” with a car that has the “best price/benefit ratio”.
Only offered with a short wheelbase, the Kangoo Express will be available with a reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, and a wide-angle mirror built into the passenger’s sun visor.
The Kangoo Express van will be sold globally, but the people mover variant looks as though it will only be available in developing markets.
While the Kangoo and Kangoo Express share the same basic styling and, presumably, the same platform underneath, there are many design differences between the two.
Up front, the Kangoo is available with all-LED headlights and a more complex bumper design.
It also features flush-fitting doors, windows and sliding door tracks, a shoulder line that runs the full length of the car, thicker A-pillars, and a different roof design.
With this model, Renault has also removed the central pillar to improve access via the sliding doors. The company says the ‘Easy Side Access’ system offers a 1416mm aperture, roughly double the size of the opening in the outgoing model.
There’s also an ‘Easy Inside Rack’ option, which allows long objects to be transported up high, freeing floor space for other cargo.
In the cabin, the made-in-France Kangoo has a different dashboard with a free-standing infotainment touchscreen, a high-mounted gear shifter, and a larger multi-function display between the instruments.
Other changes include different door cards, seats with slightly more bolstering, and a centre console bin.
The Kangoo and Kangoo Express go on sale globally from the second quarter of 2021. Only the Kangoo will be sold Down Under, although timing has yet to be confirmed.