Renault will increase the appeal of its Kangoo light commercial van in Australia with the addition of a new diesel-powered automatic model before the end of the year.
The new model will be powered by Renault’s 1.5 litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine making 81kW and 240Nm.
The auto ‘box is a six-speed EDC dual-clutch unit, similar to that offered with the petrol-powered Kangoo Automatic launched in Australia earlier this year. Renault says the EDC unit will shift gears in just 290 milliseconds.
An ECO Mode system is standard with the new model. Renault says the system shifts to higher gears at lower RPM, cutting fuel consumption by up to ten percent.
When equipped with the six-speed manual, the Kangoo diesel’s fuel figure is 4.7 l/100km.
Along with ECO Mode, drivers can also use a sports shift-style operation which allows manual gear changes via the sequential spring-loaded T-bar lever.
A ‘creep’ feature - which allows the van to inch forward when pressure on the brake pedal is eased - along with hill-start assist are also standard.
“We’ve been looking to add an auto diesel powertrain to the Kangoo range for a while now, and I’m pleased to say that the specification we want has now gone into production, and we should receive the first vehicles prior to Christmas,” Renault Australia’s Lyndon Healey said.
The new model comes with Renault’s three-year, 200,000km warranty, three years roadside assistance and capped-price servicing of $349 each for the first three scheduled services (at yearly or 30,000km intervals).
The 2018 Renault Kangoo will be the first diesel-powered Kangoo automatic offered in Australia. Renault will confirm pricing and full specifications closer to the launch date.
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