New Renault Kangoo Van (2021): info, engines, prices … all about the new utility

New Renault Kangoo Van (2021) info, engines, prices ... all about the new utility

Renault unveils its new Kangoo Van, the third version of its utility originally released in … 1997! For this new version, the changes made are numerous.

At Renault , it had been 14 years since the Kangoo had the right to changes worthy of the name. Indeed, the second generation initiated in 2007 was still offered in the catalog of the diamond brand . It seems obvious that everything had to be reviewed: design, engine, equipment, on-board technology …

Called Kangoo Van in its utility version, the model is therefore getting a new look and operates an upscale logic, in particular to catch up with a delay accumulated for several years in its category. Because since then, the offer offered by the competition has grown significantly: between the Peugeot Rifter , Citroën Berlingo , Mercedes Citan for example, it was necessary for Renault to stand out again.

A profoundly changed design

Gone are the round shapes and the jovial mug of the Kangoo that we have known for so long. Now it’s time for more seriousness with stricter shapes , more assertive features but also more pronounced shoulders which break the typical cubic effect of these machines with often very rectangular shapes.

On the front, we find at the level of the grille the hypertrophied logo of Renault and the lights adopting a light signature in the shape of “C” (the LEDs are standard). At the rear, the lights are more compact.

On board, the changes made are significant, with the appearance in particular of an 8-inch touch screen that stands out from the dashboard in the manner of a tablet. On the other hand, no 100% digital interface, as on the last Volkswagen Caddy for example.

The cupboards are also many with 60 liters in all: we find a nasturtium ceiling in the passenger making the nearly 20 and a glove box with the 7 that opens like a kitchen drawer.

Several thermal engines

Regarding engines, the Renault Kangoo will be offered in both petrol and diesel :. On the menu: a 1.3 TCe in 100 and 130 hp and for versions running on diesel a 1.5 BluedCi available in 75, 95 and 115 hp.

Apart from the less powerful entry-level versions, which will only be available with a manual gearbox, all Kangoo can be appreciated in automatic with the EDC seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox .

A Van E-Tech version, 100% electric

Renault launched in 2011 an electrified version of its flagship utility, called Kangoo ZE . The latter was also the first of the 100% electric range to come out.

Logically, the Losange does that for the new generation of the Kangoo. The electric version, now renamed Kangoo Van E-Tech , adopts a 75 kW engine , or 102 hp , under the hood . The maximum torque is 245 Nm, available from the start, which promises beautiful almost immediate acceleration. As a reminder, the initial version released in 2011 offered an engine of 44 kW or 60 hp, for a torque of 226 Nm. A good progression for 10 years!

At the battery level, the capacity also increases, from 33 to 44 kWh. This new battery allows the electric Renault Kangoo to see its range increase to 265 km in the WLTP combined cycle. This is 35 km more than the current Kangoo ZE, and 105 km more than the version released in 2011 all the same.

In terms of charging, the new Kangoo Van E-tech is also improving: it takes around 7 hours with a 7.4 kW Wall Box and 4:30 with an 11 kW terminal. Allow 2 hours of recharging to reach 80% with a public terminal and a 22 kW charger. Finally, with a 75 kW fast charger, 80% of the battery is recharged in just 42 minutes .

Two lengths and many new features

The new Kangoo will be offered in two lengths, with a standard format (4.49 meters) and a long version (4.91 meters). According to Renault, this new Kangoo would thus be able to carry, at a minimum, 3.3 m3 of goods, and up to 4.9 m3 for the long version! With such a capacity, no problem to take everything with you.

In terms of payload, the Kangoo in standard dimensions will be able to handle a minimum of 600 kg and up to 800 as an option, while the long version will accept up to nearly one ton.

Note also that one of the greatest innovations of this third version of the Kangoo is the function called ” Open sesame “. By eliminating the central pillar, this system offers the widest right side access on the market at 1,446 mm. Very practical, for example, when you are parked in town and there is little space. This function greatly facilitates access to the material stored in the van. Finally, the Easy Inside Rack (or innovative gallery) allows long objects to be transported high up thanks to a retractable interior gallery.

With this new version, new welcome driving aids are finally arriving: adaptive cruise control with stop / restart function, hands-free parking assistance, lane keeping assistance, active vehicle monitoring system. blind spot, emergency braking with detection of pedestrians and cyclists, recognition of signs …

In terms of technology, the on-board computer integrated into the 8-inch touch screen offers synchronization with Android Auto or Apple Car Play . There is also a smartphone holder that can be placed on both sides of the meter.

This new Kangoo Van E-tech will be launched at the end of 2021 .

Sales forecast for the month of June

The order book will be open from April 1, for an arrival in concession scheduled for June 2021 .

Regarding prices, they range between € 20,700 (entry level with the TCe 100) and € 23,100 (Blue dCi 95) depending on the options and versions.

 

Bentley Continental GT Speed ​​(2021): the luxury sports car unveiled!

Bentley Continental GT Speed ​​(2021) the luxury sports car unveiled

Bentley promises “the most dynamic car in its history”.

Bentley has unveiled the GT Speed ​​version of the Continental , its luxury coupe. And the performances are there! Bentley announces a top speed of 335 km / h and a 0 to 100 km / h in 3.6 seconds , all in a comfort worthy of the standing of the brand.

To propel the heavy coupe with these stratospheric looks, Bentley relies on the brand’s usual 6-liter W12 . Revisited for the occasion, it develops 659 hp here (24 more than on the classic Continental GT W12), and above all a gargantuan torque of 900 Nm .

To make the Continental GT Speed ​​more dynamic, Bentley fitted it with an electronic locking differential (for the first time on a Bentley), as well as four-wheel steering. This last system is for the occasion recalibrated to be more aggressive , and to reduce understeer when entering a curve. The management of the 8-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox has also been revised.

Discreet evolution for the Continental GT Speed

Bentley, on the other hand, is not talking about weight loss . Too bad because the Continental GT reaches 2.2 tonnes! And in the end, even if the British firm promises “the most dynamic car in its history”, this new version of the Continental GT Speed ​​does not seem much sportier than the classic Continental GT W12.

Inside and out, the changes are also subtle . The grille becomes black, the sills are reworked, and specific rims are offered. On board, it’s the same story: the choice of materials is simply widened, with Alcantara or black aluminum for the central console.

With the exception of a few badges, it is not easy to distinguish the GT Speed ​​from the “base” GT . No extravagant shield or fin … And it’s probably better like that, for a very British refinement .

 

Skoda Kodiaq: 600,000 units produced

Skoda Kodiaq 600,000 units produced

The Czech firm’s first SUV, the Skoda Kodiaq has just passed the 600,000 mark produced since 2016.

Presented at the Paris Motor Show in 2016, the Skoda Kodiaq is the Czech brand’s first SUV . He thus inaugurated the nomenclature of all the models of this range of adventurers, whose name begins with K and ends with Q: we will subsequently find the Skoda Karoq , Kamiq or more recently the Kushaq .

Skoda Kodiaq: sold in more than 60 markets around the world

Production of the Skoda Kodiaq was initially handled by the factory in Kvasiny, Czech Republic , which was later supplemented by production sites in Russia, China and India .

In just under five years, 600,000 copies of the Skoda Kodiaq were produced worldwide, allowing the model to be sold in more than 60 international markets . The Kodiaq is particularly popular in China , where there is an exclusive SUV coupe version of the model: the Kodiaq GT .

With the arrival of the Skoda Karoq, Kamiq, Kushaq and other Enyaq IV (the latter breaking the nomenclature with its initial E, classifying it among the electric models), SUVs now represent nearly 40% of Skoda’s worldwide sales. in 2020, and the brand has also surpassed the 2 million SUV produced milestone .

A record on the Nürburgring

During its career, the Kodiaq was notably the first 7-seater SUV to have set a record on the Nürburgring : in 2018, Skoda indeed entrusted Sabine Schmitz with the mission of taking a Kodiaq RS there, which carried out a time of 9: 29.84 minutes on the 20.832 kilometers of the famous Nordschleife.

 

Pagani Huayra R (2021): an extreme supercar reserved for the track!

Pagani Huayra R (2021) an extreme supercar reserved for the track

This crazy version of the Pagani Huayra promises 850 hp for 1,050 kg, and an atmospheric V12!

When Pagani presented the Zonda R in 2009, it was a shock: bare carbon body, impressive aero, and above all a 750 hp racing V12! Pagani has decided to do it again in 2021, with the Huayra R , based on the brand’s second model .

The Pagani Huayra R promises to be a real monster. To satisfy those who had been disappointed with the switch to turbo with the replacement for the Zonda, the Huayra R is equipped with an all new naturally aspirated V12 , developed by HWA, the racing arm of AMG . This 6-liter block develops a whopping 850 hp , with a red zone set at 9,000 rpm and a racing exhaust! Your neighbors will hate you … Except that the Huayra R, like the Zonda R before it, is exclusively reserved for the track .

850 hp for 1,050 kg!

But doing without the standards that surround the homologation of a road car has allowed Horacio Pagani’s teams to surpass themselves, both in terms of aero and weight gain . The Huayra is announced at 1,050 kg dry. Very little when you have 850 hp behind your back!

Aero is therefore not to be outdone. Pagani says he has reached his target of 1,000 kg of downforce at 320 km / h easily, enough to reserve even to modify certain elements to improve the look of the machine.

2.6 million euros excluding taxes

A tempting proposition therefore, even if the price set at 2.6 million euros (excluding taxes!) Is something to cool off. It is more likely that the 30 copies planned will be quickly reserved. However, the Pagani Huayra R enters a now very competitive market , and will have to face, among others, the impressive GMA T.50S , the Brabham BT62, or the track version of the Aston Martin Valkyrie . Beautiful people! Very lucky the one who can afford the luxury of comparing them on the track …

 

Fiat 500: 2.5 million units produced

Fiat 500 2.5 million units produced

Fiat celebrates an important milestone in the production of the Fiat 500: 2.5 million units have been manufactured at the Stellantis plant in Tychy, Poland.

If since the launch of the first generation in 1957, more than 6.7 million Fiat 500s have been sold worldwide, the contemporary Fiat 500 has been manufactured in Poland since 2007 , at the Stellantis (ex FCA) factory in Tychy. The 2.5 millionth unit has just rolled off the production lines of the group’s Polish plant: a red Pasodoble Fiat 500 Dolcevita Hybrid, whose Mild Hybrid engine was launched last year on the 500 and Panda ranges.

Fiat 500: an international success

To date, 2.5 million copies of the Fiat 500 have therefore been produced at Tychy: the 500 is now the model that has been produced the most in this factory, ahead of the second generation Panda (2, 17 million units) and the Fiat 126P of the 1970s (2.17 million units).

Since its launch in 2007, the contemporary Fiat 500 has been a real success across the world: it is indeed sold in more than 100 international markets , of which nearly 80% outside Italy, and has obtained around sixty awards including the one for Car of the Year 2008 . And in 2020, the Fiat 500 continues to lead its segment in Europe, with a 17.7% market share, breaking historic records.

However, a new generation has just appeared: the last 100% electric Fiat 500 is now manufactured in Italy, at the Fiat Mirafiori plant in Turin. The previous generation will still be on sale for now, as long as there is still demand for thermal engines.

 

New DS 4 (2021): a first price set at € 47,100!

New DS 4 (2021) a first price set at € 47,100

DS opens reservations for its new DS 4. Prices start at € 47,100 for the special launch series called “La Première”.

Let’s go for the new DS 4 ! Unveiled at the beginning of February, the new compact sedan from DS is now available . DS has indeed just opened its reservations.

The model is initially offered in a limited launch edition called “La Première” . As is often the case in such a case, it is a high-end version, with an exclusive finish and enhanced equipment .

An exclusive finish, a refined interior

The DS 4 “La Première” is therefore distinguished by being adorned with a choice of a unique “Lacquer Gray” or “Cristal Pearl” color , and a contrasting black roof.

It also receives a black grille with chrome diamond tips and Gloss Black DS Wings. This black signature is also found between the taillights, on the sills, the side window frame and the 19-inch diamond rims. And to further assert the exclusivity of the car, DS installs a “1” badge at the end of the hood .

On board, refinement is always the order of the day with the interior “Opera” atmosphere . We find Nappa Brown leather, ash wood decorations and bracelet seats which are ventilated, massaging and heated at the front.

Full of technologies

As standard, the DS 4 “La Première” also has matrix and directional projectors (“DS Matrix Led Vision”), the extended head-up display (“DS Extended Head-up Display), the new information system. – entertainment (“DS Iris System”) with gesture control (“DS Smart Touch”), controlled damping (“DS Active Scan Suspension”) and level 2 autonomous driving (“DS Drive Assist”) with alert rear traffic and long-distance blind spot monitoring, not to mention a 360 ° vision system with four cameras and a motorized tailgate.

Gasoline or plug-in hybrid

Finally, under the hood, the car is offered with PureTech petrol engines of 180 and 225 hp (BVA8 in both cases) or in an E-Tense plug-in hybrid version of 225 hp.

All at the top of the range

Prices start at € 47,100 in gasoline and € 51,500 in hybrid. The classic range of the new DS 4, which will be presented in the coming weeks, will start under 30,000 € promises DS.

Interested customers can now reserve their vehicle online and follow the entire process up to delivery without ever having to travel thanks to a dedicated website . The first deliveries are expected from the end of 2021.

Lexus: a new concept announced for March 30

Lexus a new concept announced for March 30

Lexus has just announced the presentation of a new concept car. To find out, meet on Tuesday, March 30 at noon!

At the beginning of February, Lexus announced the imminent arrival of a new concept car which should present the future of the brand and announce a new generation of models.

Almost two months later, we are there. This concept is now about to be revealed. The Japanese manufacturer has just set the date for its first world appearance.

Appointment is therefore given on March 30 at 12 noon . Health crisis requires, its presentation will be done exclusively online.

Hybrid style

Little is known about it, but according to the first images released, it should be a hybrid-styled vehicle, halfway between a sedan, an SUV and a coupe.

Raised ground clearance, high waistline, wide hips. Plunging roofline, steeply sloping rear window are indeed some of its aesthetic features. The whole gives off an impression of power and dynamism.

An electrified engine

The vehicle should be 100% electric or at least electrified and will have a new adaptive all-wheel drive system called Direct4.

It should inspire a first production model to be launched before the end of the year. Others will follow in 2022 and beyond, Lexus already promises.

 

Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition (2021): a radical version for the track!

Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition (2021) a radical version for the track

Inspired by the Vantage used as a Safety Car in F1, this Aston Martin is built for the track.

If you’ve been following recent Aston Martin news , this Vantage F1 Edition shouldn’t come as a surprise. Indeed, the British brand made a big splash about its return to F1 . A return that is on two floors: first the team itself, formerly Racing Point and Force India , and now driven by Sebastian Vettel , but also via a new contract to provide a Vantage and a DBX SUV to serve as Safety Car and medical car on half of the races in 2021.

This Aston Martin Vantage Safety Car has also received many improvements for the occasion, to allow it to keep a sufficient pace for the F1 cars that follow it. More power, more downforce, new tires, etc. Aston Martin has decided to capitalize on these changes by taking them almost directly to what is becoming a new version of the Vantage, the F1 Edition. Essentially, this is a Safety Car for the road !

25 hp more, a sharp chassis

In detail, the Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition retains most of the improvements related to the Safety Car. We therefore find the slight increase in power (+25 hp to reach 535 hp), a more aggressive aero kit (appendages at the front, large spoiler behind), revised gearbox management, firmer suspensions , and reinforcements for the chassis . Finally, it gains new 21 “rims with specific tires, against the 20” that usually equip the Vantage.

Of course, you can buy your Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition in the beautiful dark green typical used by the Safety Car and the F1 car, but also in white or black if you prefer. Inside, you can opt for a fluorescent yellow border that recalls the colors of Aston Martin in endurance.

Aston Martin’s 911 GT3?

We almost find here the spirit of a Porsche 911 GT3 : without being completely extremist, it brings together a certain number of improvements which should make it much more comfortable on the track . Surprisingly, it will also be available in a convertible version .

Of course, all these changes come at a price: the Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition is announced for 162,000 € in Germany, without for the moment specifying whether it is planned to send it to France. The first deliveries are expected for May 2021.

 

MG unveils two new 100% electric models for 2021: the Marvel R SUV and the MG5 station wagon

MG unveils two new 100% electric models for 2021 the Marvel R SUV and the MG5 station wagon

MG will expand its range in 2021. The British brand announces the launch of two new models: an SUV and a station wagon, both 100% electric!

MG hits twice! The British manufacturer has just announced two new models at once. After launching in 2020 the small electric SUV ZS EV (143 hp and 263 km of range) then the plug-in hybrid SUV EHS , the British brand, owned by Chinese SAIC, will market in 2021 another SUV as well as a station wagon, all two 100% electric.

An SUV called Marvel R

The SUV was renamed Marvel R . Advertised as “family, spacious and luxurious”, it displays a rather dynamic line, powerful features as well as a new X-shaped visual identity at the front bumper.

On board, the design is refined and the equipment is high tech, notably with a large 19.4-inch central touch screen and a digital instrument cluster.

On the technical sheet side, MG announces up to three electric motors (one at the front and two at the rear) and a combined power of 288 hp and 665 Nm of torque for a 0 to 100 km / h in 4 , 9s and a top speed of 200 km / h. The brand also promises more than 400 km of autonomy . In rapid charging, 30 min is sufficient to recover 80% of the battery (fast charge 11 kW three-phase). The Marvel R is slated for marketing in May.

MG5, the first 100% electric station wagon

The other novelty is more innovative since it is quite simply the first 100% electric station wagon on the market . Its name: the MG5 . On the menu: a little over 4.50 m long, 184 hp and 280 Nm of torque, a boot volume of over 1,400 liters , still a range of over 400 km, a towing capacity of 500 kg and a load roof load weighing up to 75 kg Like the Marvel R, the MG5 has a three-phase charger of 11 kW (AC). It will be available in October 2021.

Discover the future MG Marvel R and MG5 in video .

BMW will not stop the development of thermal engines

BMW will not stop the development of thermal engines

Unlike many of its competitors, BMW boss Oliver Zipse has announced that the Bavarian brand does not intend to stop the development of thermal engines.

Audi has just announced that it will no longer develop new heat engines , its CEO Markus Duesmann saying that European regulations on polluting emissions make the development of new generations of heat engines too expensive to be worth it.

On the other hand, BMW will not draw a line on the development of internal combustion engines. Indeed, according to Oliver Zipse, the boss of the Munich firm: “the demand for combustion vehicles will remain robust for many years to come” .

BMW: a whole range of electric vehicles to come

In Europe, heat engines could still be useful for the development of plug-in hybrid models, but outside the Old Continent, the demand for electric vehicles is not yet good: it is therefore in these markets that the engines thermals will remain important.

Of course, this choice will not prevent BMW from developing its range of new electric vehicles in parallel . For example, it has just presented the BMW i4 , a new sedan that is a 100% electric alternative to the 4 Series, as well as the BMW iX, a new electric SUV rival of the Tesla Model X and other Audi e-tron.

Other models are expected to follow later to complete the range, in order to reach BMW’s goal of selling 10 million 100% electric vehicles within the next ten years.