Renault Kangoo's new 1.2 litre petrol engine

Renault Kangoo 2017 2 The new all-aluminium petrol-powered 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine is a version of the unit used in the Renault Clio, Captur and Megane passenger cars and is retuned to provide more low speed torque for LCV work. Renault Kangoo 2017 2
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New engine to come with either a six-speed manual or six-speed EDC automatic gear change


Renault Australia announced a new 1.2 litre turbocharged petrol engine for its Kangoo range of light commercial vehicles (LCV) to replace the earlier 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol unit.

It says the new engine will offer better real-world performance and better fuel economy than many larger naturally aspirated engines.

The new engine will be offered with either a six-speed manual or six-speed dual clutch (EDC) automatic gear change.

"This new powertrain is a significant change for the Kangoo, which has the highest market share of any Renault product sold here in Australia," Renault LCV senior model line manager Lyndon Healey says.

"The Kangoo petrol auto has been the best-selling variant to date and we expect a high demand for the new EDC, which has two more gears than the auto it replaces.

"This variant has been amongst the most affordable vans of its type on the market and this is set to continue with the new version."

"The success of Kangoo to date has been no surprise. It’s a good product at the right price, backed with the service and parts support that customers in this segment demand.

"Its value is further enhanced by its strong residual values.

"This new petrol-powered Kangoo continues to offer all this and more. In fact, additional equipment makes the 2017 Renault Kangoo petrol versions quieter, safer and easier to drive.

"Over five years and 100,000km, the fuel savings alone will make it less expensive to own than the vehicle it replaces.

"Traditionally, the petrol-powered versions have accounted for around 60 per cent of Kangoo sales and we are confident the new drivetrain and additional specification that arrives concurrently with the new powertrain, will give the Kangoo extra appeal against its rivals in this market."

The petrol Kangoo, now known as the Compact, comes with the standard wheelbase body offering 3.0m3 of load space. It has a tailgate as standard (barn doors are optional) as well as sliding doors on both sides of the vehicle for added convenience for urban operators who often work in confined loading and unloading areas.

The new Kangoo starts at the manufacturer’s list price of $23,490 (excluding dealer delivery and statutory charges).

The new Kangoo range in detail


1.2 litre
84kW at 4,500rpm
190Nm at 2,000-4,000rpm


Six-speed manual OR six-speed EDC

Fuel tank

56 litres

Kerb weight

1,245kg (man)
1,270kg (EDC)


675kg (man)
540kg (EDC)

Manufacturer’s List Price (MLP)




Drive-away price**

1.2 litre turbocharged petrol 84kW




1.2 litre turbocharged petrol 84kW




1.5 litre turbo diesel Maxi




1.5 litre turbo diesel Maxi Crew






* Excludes dealer delivery and statutory charges
** National drive-away price until 31 March 2017

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