Renault’s Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) automatic transmission has been introduced to the Kangoo range for the first time. The innovative automatic gearbox will be offered with the dCi 90 and dCi 110 versions of Europe’s best-selling van, resulting in a number of benefits for the customer. Orders for the newly available transmission open 1st September.
The EDC transmission is already available across Renault’s range of cars, and it offers Kangoo drivers an even more car-like experience behind the wheel. The Kangoo’s cabin features a specially contoured height-adjustable driver’s seat, with added lateral support, coupled with the height/reach adjustable steering wheel and an ergonomically efficient layout for its controls to provide greater comfort.
The six-speed EDC is an automatic dual dry clutch transmission, dispensing with the need for a clutch pedal. The ideal gear is selected automatically by an electronic control unit. Gearshift control is of the ‘P-R-N-D’ type, plus an ‘up/down’ shift mode. A push forward on the gear lever directs the transmission to downshift, a pull backwards to upshift.
The automatic mode makes for a smooth journey, thanks to an ultrafast shift time of 290ms. The transmission’s ‘creep’ control also makes life easier in crawling traffic, pulling away gradually when the brake pedal is released. The EDC transmission also offers Hill Start Assist as standard, ensuring safe starts on an incline when partnered with the ‘creep’ control system.
The EDC automatic transmission adds 28kg in weight compared with the manual, but the Kangoo dCi 90 EDC achieves fuel economy of up to 55.4mpg on the combined cycle (NEDC) and emits just 136g/km of CO2.
The Kangoo EDC’s diesel engines are also available with Renault’s ECO mode, cutting fuel consumption by up to 10%. Actionable by the driver, the mode modifies the management of the gearbox ECU (Electronic Control Unit), enabling gear shifts at lower rpm.
In the UK, all Renault LCVs are available with four years’/100,000 mile warranty and four years’ roadside assistance, providing the ultimate peace of mind. Service intervals are 2 years / 15,000 miles (timing belt 6 years / 100,000 miles).
Kangoo customers are supported by a network of specialised Renault Pro+ dealers. These outlets meet specific commitments, including a commercial vehicles specialised sales and aftersales advisors. Commercial vehicle test drives are available without an appointment and quotations are given within 48 hours, including for converted vehicles. Workshop hours are extended, servicing is available within eight hours without an appointment. Diagnosis of any problems is guaranteed within the hour and a van, or van-replacement vehicle are supplied if necessary.