The 1.2 litre four-cylinder turbo engine takes the place of the previous 1.6 litre naturally aspirated petrol variant and can be paired with either a six-speed manual, or new six-speed EDC (for efficient dual-clutch) automatic in place of the previous model’s four-speed auto.
“This new powertrain is a significant change for the Kangoo, which has the highest market share of any Renault product sold here in Australia,” Model Line Manager for Renault Light Commercial Vehicles, Lyndon Healey said.
“The Kangoo petrol auto has been the best-selling variant to date and we expect a high demand for the new EDC, which has two more gears than the auto it replaces. This variant has been amongst the most affordable vans of its type on the market and this is set to continue with the new version.”
Outputs for the new turbo petrol Kangoo rise by 6kW and 42Nm compared with the 1.6-litre engine with 84kW at 4500rpm and 190Nm from 2000rpm to 4000rpm. Fuel consumption also drops from the previous 7.7L/100km to 6.2L/100km for the manual and 6.5L/100km for the automatic.
The engine and transmission combo is already in use in the Clio light hatch and Captur small SUV, with just a slight variation to the peak power output. The manual transmission is a variation of six-speed unit used in the previous Clio RS.
Standard wheelbase petrol Kangoo models also pick up a standard cargo area load mat, matching the specification of the long wheelbase turbo diesel Kangoo Maxi. No changes have been made to the diesel Kangoo.
1.2 litre turbo petrol manual - $23,490 plus on-roads
1.2 litre turbo petrol auto - $26,490 plus on-roads
1.5 litre turbo diesel Maxi manual - $26,990 plus on-roads or $26,990 driveaway
1.5 litre turbo diesel Maxi Crew manual - $29,490 plus on-roads or $29,490 driveaway
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