The Renault Kangoo Van has had a market share of 17.4 % making it the best selling van in its class – overseas. I’ve been on a van-kick of late. European vans are excellent and, seeing that the United States is finally getting a few good European vans, it may be time for high quality, small vans to proliferate these shores. The Ram ProMaster, which is based on the FIAT Ducato, is rather large and competes with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.
The Renault Kangoo Van is much smaller and is a brilliant trade off between a van and a station wagon.
“The Kangoo Van range offers two wheelbase lengths, three versions of the popular 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine (75, 90 and 110hp) and a choice of two- or five-seat versions of the Kangoo Maxi. The five seat “Crew” version features a rear seat that can be tipped forward to accommodate particularly long loads.
Class-leading fuel consumption
The latest Kangoo line-up builds on the strengths of its predecessor, especially when it comes it fuel-efficiency. The line-up includes a choice of responsive, yet economical powerplants, two of which return the lowest fuel consumption in their segment. The dCi 75 Stop&Start and dCi 90 Stop&Start engines boast NEDC combined-cycle fuel consumption of just 4.3 litres/100km or 65.7mpg (equivalent to 112g/km of CO2).” – – Renault Media
French built (Renault’s MCA de Maubeuge facilities in France) the Renault Kangoo Van was revised and introduced at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The revisions bring the Renault Kangoo Van up to date (externally) with the rest of the Renault line. The new Kangoo promises to be a better built, more technically advanced vehicle that’s quieter too.
Nissan has upped the ante on their industrial vehicles which includes the Nissan NV and NV200, both of which are much larger than the Renault Kangoo. Given the Kangoo’s popularity, market share and proven abilities, why not bring it here as a Nissan product?
I know, it’s not as easy as simply replacing the emblems, but it’s an intriguing thought – right?
Regarding technical upgrades: “New Kangoo Van benefits from a connected multimedia system thanks to the introduction of R-Link (optional, or standard equipment for ‘Sport’ versions). This system incorporates the in-dash TomTom® LIVE navigation previously available for Phase 1 Kangoo, plus numerous new functions, such as advance warning of hazardous zones and the ability to download applications like the reading out of e-mails. The range of radios has evolved, too, with a choice of three solutions. All radios come with USB and Bluetooth connectivity, while the next level up is equipped with a CD player. The premium radio integrates with the Renault R-Link system.
Also available is new-generation ESC combined with Hill Start Assist, plus Grip for improved traction in difficult conditions. It goes without saying that New Kangoo Van continues to be available with the many innovations that have forged its reputation, including the sliding rear roof flap.” – – Renault Media
I like the new styling and the technical upgrades are mighty logical. Considering the range of vehicles offered by Nissan, why not add one small van for around $15,000 to fill a niche? I think the only van in the USA that would compete with the Kangoo would be the current Ford Transit Connect.
Could be cool – no?
Here’s new Ford van’s debut video!
Seriously, after working with small European vans, I see no reason why they can’t come here and be a real benefit. What do you think?