Renault’s concepts have wowed in recent months, starting with the stunning DeZir concept car that introduced the new design language including flowing lines and a thin, elongated grille.
At Geneva in March, Renault unveiled the impressive Captur crossover concept, which boasted a removable roof and unique ‘hammock’-inspired seating arrangement.
The third concept car was a possible replacement for the Renault Scenic, the Renault R-Space. The compact MPV features ‘power blocks’ in place of rear seats, but this is not expected to be replicated on a production version.
The fourth will be the new Renault Kangoo, a small, glazed van using the new design language and centring around the theme of work.
It will replace the current Renault Kangoo van, which is a small, compact van and one of the most popular in the Renault range.
Diesel versions of the Kangoo van and the larger Kangoo Maxi will be joined by the new Renault Kangoo van Z.E., a fully electric version of the van.
Arriving later this year, the Kangoo Z.E. will feature an all-electric powertrain comprising an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery.
It will be the first all-electric, mass-produced van to be sold in the UK and is the first of four new electric vehicles from Renault.
Renault is currently the largest commercial vehicle producer in Europe, with sales up by 12 per cent in the first three months of 2011 – an impressive figure considering the industry as a whole grew by just 8.6 per cent.
It currently enjoys a 15 per cent share of the European market for vans.