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2021 Renault Kangoo detailed: New Volkswagen Caddy and Peugeot Partner rival doubles down on practicality

The Kangoo has entered its third generation.

Renault has revealed the third-generation Kangoo small light-commercial vehicle, which has been confirmed for an Australian launch.

That said, a Renault Australia spokesperson told CarsGuide local timing for the new model is yet to be confirmed, with the timetable for right-hand-drive production to be released next year. Either way, it’s expected to be “a couple of years” before it launches here.

While new versions of the Kangoo are available, including the cut-price Express grade, the spokesperson said Renault Australia’s line-up will most likely reflect its current one, which includes standard- and long-wheelbase variants of the two-seat van body-style.

As such, petrol and diesel engines with manual and automatic transmissions can be expected alongside a version with an all-electric powertrain, dubbed ZE. Specific details on all of these are yet to be confirmed.

The Kangoo Van now has easier side access thanks to the ‘removal’ of its B-pillars, which has resulted in what Renault claims is the widest aperture on the market: 1416mm (about twice the size it was).

The Kangoo van's interior is far more modern than before. The Kangoo van's interior is far more modern than before.

Furthermore, the Volkswagen Caddy and Peugeot Partner rival is now available with an internal rack “that allows long and voluminous objects to be transported high, freeing up floor space”, according to the brand.

Design-wise, the Kangoo van has been redesigned inside and out, with its exterior now more mature and therefore in line with other newer Renault models, while its interior is far more modern than before, headlined by the brand’s touchscreen Easy Link multimedia system.

Advanced driver-assist systems are now numerous, with autonomous emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring a fixture alongside a digital rearview mirror and Trailer Sway Assist.

Cargo volume for SWB variants is 3.3 to 3.9 cubic-metres, while LWB versions can take 4.2 to 4.9 cubic-metres. Payload, maximum braked towing capacity and other key data remain a mystery for now.

For reference, the Kangoo van will be built in France, with European sales to commence in the Northern Hemisphere’s Spring next year.