Nissan Kubistar (Renault Kangoo)

Zaheer August 1, 2011 0


Renault Kangoo and Kangoo Express are the two panel vans and leisure activity vehicle manufactured by Nissan. It was assembled in two Nissan facilities, i.e. the MCA plant located in Maubeuge, France and a plant in Santa Isabel, Argentina. The Tan Chong Euro Cars (TCEC) Sdn Bhd (Sendirian Berhad – Malay equivalent to incorporated), assembled the ASEAN version in its Segambut plant. Nissan also marketed the Kangoo in Latin America and Europe under Nissan Kubistar name until Nissan NV200 took over it in 2009.

First Generation

In 1997, the first generation Kangoo was launched by Renault. In 2003, a facelift was released that led the basis for Phase II model. The nose styling is the distinct feature of the Phase II models and being identical to the entire Renault lineup. A body color panel in the center of the grille and teardrop headlamps wore the Renault Diamond emblem.

Kangoo Express was a modified version of Kangoo which is built by taking the rear windows and seats off of Kangoo. Kangoo gained a lot of popularity among the mobility-impaired and wheelchair users because of its tendency to add mounting points for wheelchairs.

Four-wheel drive version was offered for both Kangoo and Kangoo Express. An extended version was also offered with additional cargo space. In Sweden, the pickup truck version was marketed. Nissan also marketed the Kangoo with additional third row of seats in many countries like Malaysia.

Break’Up

In 2002, a four-wheel drive concept car named the Kangoo Break’Up was launched. It was a preview of the 2003 facelift design. It was equipped with a 1.6-L engine developing 110 bhp.

Second Generation

The second generation Kangoo and Kangoo Express was launched in 2008. Both were the light commercial vehicle (LCV) offered by Renault. The second generation Kangoo was built on Scenic platform in Maubeuge facility. The car went on official sale in January 2008.

In France, Kangoo van is widely used by national postal service of France called the La Poste.

There are four different body styles for Kangoo including: the Kangoo Compact, the Kangoo Van, the Kangoo Van Maxi, and the Kangoo Van Maxi Crew Van. The Kangoo Compact is preferred for carrying smaller loads up to 500 kg, whereas the Kangoo Van opted for larger deliveries with a payload up to 650 kg to 800 kg. The Kangoo Van Maxi comes with a payload of 800 kg. The Kangoo Van Maxi Crew Van receives a floor length of 1.33 meters.

Kangoo Express Z.E.

Renault has also announced its Kangoo Express Z.E. model as a part of its Z.E. electric car project. This car will be going to assemble in Maubeuge facility.

Because of some technical issues, the Renault battery plant near Paris was unable to start its operations on time. It is said the construction work of the plant will commence in the later half of 2012 and the production of batteries and supply is assumed to be delayed until 2014. This will certainly force Renault to purchase the batteries from its partner companies like Nissan Motors, NEC and LG Chem of South Korea.

Specifications

Renault introduces the same dimensions to the Kangoo Express Z.E. like the one used in internal combustion model. A synchronous electric motor is utilized along with rotor coil. The maximum output produced by the car is 44 kW (59 hp) at 10,500 rpm and torque of 226 Nm (167 lb-ft) with a top speed of 130 km/h (81 mph). The car also features a 22 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

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