New Renault Kangoo van unveiled, with electric Z.E. version on the way

The latest Renault Kangoo small van has been unveiled, and like its predecessor there'll be a fully electric version

Renault Kangoo

Renault has revealed the first details and official pictures of the next generation of its popular Kangoo small van. It has also confirmed that there'll be a 'Z.E.'-badged pure-electric version, as was the case with the outgoing model

No battery, range, charging or performance details for the new version have been revealed at this stage, although Renault is expected to improve on the current model’s real-world range by using the drivetrain of the latest Nissan Leaf.

Inside, there'll be "significant advances in infotainment and driver assistance systems" along with "a high level of standard equipment and new materials throughout".  A new multimedia system will incorporate a suite of driver aids, including a digital rear-view mirror.

The new-generation Kangoo will be available in two body lengths, with load volumes of 3.3 to 3.9 cubic metres in standard form and 4.2 to 4.9 cubic metres for the longer version.

2019 Renault Kangoo Z.E. Concept

The zero-emissions version of the latest Kangoo has already been previewed by April 2019's Kangoo Z.E. Concept (pictured above). It revealed how the boxy shape of the current Kangoo would be replaced by a sleeker, more car-like profile, which Renault says also improves space in the rear.

At the front, the new design sees the smoother, transparent grille joined by lower air vents in the bumpers. Meanwhile, two C-shaped headlights are joined together by a lighting strip that surrounds the Renault badge. A similar design is applied at the back, with a luminous strip stretching back between the flush door handles on either side of the vehicle.

The electric concept van is finished in ‘Austral Grey’, with green detailing inspired by Renault’s EZ-Pro autonomous delivery concept, revealed in 2018. The charging port can be seen on behind the front left wheelarch; the right-hand-drive version of the current Kangoo Z.E. sold in the UK features a charging port above the left rear wheel.

No details about the interior or the infotainment have been disclosed, although the Kangoo Z.E. Concept features side-mounted cameras in place of more conventional wing mirrors. If these were to make production, significant space would be needed inside to house the relevant screens on the dashboard.

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