1 Aug 2004
THE Australian-delivered Kangoo was at launch the only compact van in the Australian market to offer the option of an automatic transmission. Originally offered in one highly equipped variant, standard kit included power steering, CD player, air-conditioning, heat reflective windscreen, remote central locking and electric mirrors and windows.
Safety equipment offered on the Kangoo included driver’s side airbag, seatbelts with pre-tensioners and load limiters, front disc brakes, ABS and EBD (standard on automatic versions, optional on manual versions), a collapsible steering column, reinforced and padded doors, and protective steel-reinforcing bars around the driver’s seating area.
In terms of cargo carrying capacity, the Kangoo offered a payload of 560 kilograms with the five-speed manual transmission (four-speed automatic: 530kg) and a storage width of 1.17 metres, the total usable cargo space was 2.75 square metres.
Powered by the same 1.6-litre 16 valve engine found in the Clio hatch, the Kangoo delivered 70Kw and 148 Nm.
In February 2008 a 1.5-litre diesel variant was added, offering 62kW at 3750rpm and 200Nm from 1750rpm.
When it was new