Renault’s Kangoo is the latest panel van to join the MPV race - with a wave of a magic wand and the addition of seats, it becomes the highly adaptable and very functional Kangoo Multix.

Renault’s Kangoo is the latest panel van to join the MPV race - with a wave of a magic wand and the addition of seats, it becomes the highly adaptable and very functional Kangoo Multix.

The Kangoo Multix’s arrival follows the release last month of Peugeot’s Partner Grand Raid, another transformed panel van with SUV aspirations. The Multix’s exterior design remains virtually unchanged from that of the Kangoo Express, and it has emblematic diamond displayed in the centre of the grille, with a high roofline and generous windows.

A large rear window aids rearward vision from inside the vehicle, while the vertical tail light cluster provides greater visibility to road users at the rear.

For easy entry, there are useful sliding doors – with fixed windows – for rear passengers on either side. In addition, the vehicle has a large rear tailgate that opens vertically to reveal a cavernous load area.

The maximum payload is 535 kg and the standard load capacity is 650 litres. This expands to a massive 2 600 litres when the rear seats are folded down. A one-piece folding rear seat is standard, but a 60/40 split version is available. Customers also have the option of specifying the Kangoo Multix with twin rear-hinged doors that open up to 180 degrees. For those requiring even more space, roof rails are available as an optional extra.

For added security, a rubber load mat and luggage cover is provided as standard. To prevent articles in the rear from being flung forward under hard braking or impact, a boot partition net can also be ordered.

The new model is available with the 1,4-litre petrol engine with a peak power output of 55 kW at 5 000 r/min and a maximum torque figure of 114 N.m at 2 800 r/min. With its five-speed manual transmission, the Multix is capable of reaching a top speed of 153 km/h.

CARtoday.com’s correspondent reports that that the engine is extremely smooth and very quiet, even at the Reef, where the Multix was launched on Monday.

He also notes that while Renault have identified a market for a diesel alternative, no date has yet been set for its release.


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