Joining the regular short-wheelbase and longer Maxi models, the $27,990 Maxi Crew boosts the Kangoo’s practicality through the addition of three rear seats.
Equipped with headrests and three-point seatbelts, the second-row seats also offer a 60:40 folding split to accommodate longer cargo loads.
With the rear seats laid flat, cargo space along the Kangoo Maxi Crew’s floor grows from 1328 to 2210mm - bettering even the regular Maxi’s 2115mm.
Other features for the Maxi Crew include sliding doors on both sides, each with glazed and opening windows.
Elsewhere in the Kangoo range, Renault’s 79kW/148Nm 1.6 litre petrol engine again features with the SWB models, listing fuel use at 7.7 l/100km in five-speed manual form and 8.2 l/100km with the four-speed auto.
CO2 emissions are listed at 180g/km with the manual petrol model, and 190g/km with the auto.
In the six-speed manual Maxi and Maxi Crew models is Renault’s updated 1.5 litre diesel, which first appeared in the Megane hatch.
Power is unchanged at 81kW and 240Nm, but the update marks a 15 percent improvement in fuel consumption, dropping from 5.5 to 4.7 l/100km.
CO2 emissions are listed at 123g/km for both diesel models.
The diesel-powered Kangoo variants are also the first commercial Renault vehicles in Australia to offer ‘Eco Mode’, promising to improve fuel efficiency by as much as 10 percent in city driving.
The Kangoo also now wears the company’s new family face, first revealed with this model back in February last year - around five years since the current Kangoo body first hit the market.
Other updates include improved sound insulation in the cabin, thanks to new foams in the shell, a new acoustically-tuned windscreen, aerodynamically-shaped door mirrors and new engine mounts.
Standard features in all Kangoo models include Bluetooth audio streaming and phone connectivity, multi-function tip computer, air-conditioning with pollen filter, a lit cargo area and rear fog lights.
Safety features in all models includes electronic stability control and dual front airbags. Front side airbags can be added for $490.
Upgrading to the longer Maxi models adds Hill Start Assist, Extended Grip Mode, cruise control with speed limiter, steel bulkhead, extra cargo tie-down points and Eco Mode.
At the top of the range, the Maxi Crew adds 15-inch alloys, auto headlights and wipers, front fog lights, power-adjusted door mirrors, climate control and overhead storage.
A $1390 Premium Pack can also be optioned with the Maxi models, adding R-Link satellite navigation and rear parking sensors.
The Australian launch of the updated Kangoo follows the new all-electric Kangoo Z.E, which this week joined Australia Post’s Melbourne fleet in a new 12-month trial.
The Kangoo remains a popular model in the light commercial vehicle market, with 56 sales in April - compared to 17 in April last year.
Volkswagen's Caddy range continues to lead the pack however, with 100 sales in April and 562 year-to-date, against 165 Kangoo year-to-date sales.
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
- Kangoo SWB - petrol manual - $19,990
- Kangoo SWB - petrol auto - $22,990
- Kangoo Maxi - diesel manual - $24,990
- Kangoo Maxi Crew - diesel manual - $27,990
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