It is the one we have all been waiting for. The votes have been counted and the international van of the year has been crowned for 2022. There were 14 light duty vans released over the last 12 months which were considered by a panel of 24 journalists from across Europe.
The all-new Renault Kangoo seemed to shine the brightest to the panel though, as they decided that it was the winner. It holds joint first place with the Mercedes-Benz Citan but it was the ‘innovative design’ of the Renault that was hailed by the panel.
Why Did it Win?
You may be thinking, ‘it is a van- what have they managed to innovate?’. Well, ‘Open Sesame by Renault’, that is what. Open Sesame by Renault is a side door that opens up to a 1.45 metre wide side access which is the largest side access on the market- if that is your kind of thing.
Unfortunately, this feature will only be available on left-hand drive models. If this was going to be a factor in your Kangoo purchase in the UK, think again.
The main criteria for the crown from the panel was the vehicles’ contribution to “efficiency, safety, sustainability and environmental standards for the light commercial vehicle sector”.
This is the fourth win for Renault since their first win in 1998 for their Master.
There is more than just Open Sesame from Renault with the Kangoo though. It offers 3.9cu/m of load volume, a maximum payload of 600kg (which can be upgraded to 800kg) and 1500kg towing capacity.
What is on the Inside?
The Kangoo offers tech too with a multimedia system, smartphone docking system, 15KW wireless charger as well as USBs and 12-volt sockets.
Renault say that you can turn the cabin into a mobile office by folding the middle passenger seat down. I do not know whether that can technically be classed as a mobile office or whether it is just resting your laptop on the back of a fold-down seat. Pop a tablecloth on it and it could become a dining table for you and a lucky passenger- same principle.
There will be a range of efficient 1.3 TCe and 1.5 Blue dCi diesel engines available in 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic gearboxes. You will be able to enquire about these vehicles from January 2022. But if you are looking for an EV, you will have to wait spring.
We will have to wait until January for the full specifications, but this could be quite a contender for van sales with boasts of practicality and technology in the cabin.
Renault have sold 4.3 million Kangoos worldwide since its launch in 1997. They hope for more of you to say ‘open sesame’ when you open the doors to your brand new Kangoo next year- although not in the UK.
What We Offer?
If you are in the market for a commercial vehicle, then get in touch with us at Van Monkey and we will do all we can to help you get on the road in some new wheels!
As always, thanks for reading and we hope to speak to you soon!