Renault Tech revealed its new Kangoo vehicle for the Transport for People with Reduced Mobility (TPMR), according to a June 23 news release. The manufacturer designed the vehicle around three key points: inclusive mobility, comfort, and modularity.
Renault is offering a sliding access ramp on the New Kangoo TPMR, positioned at the vehicle's underbody. This allows the wheelchair occupant to have an environment free of any visible discriminating element and to reduce environmental noise linked to the vibrations of the ramp when it is positioned in the passenger compartment. The wheelchair passenger also benefits from an optimal level of safety thanks to the BraunAbility fastening systems that secure the wheelchair's position in the vehicle.
The Kangaroo also offers a horizontal, non-slip, and washable floor, with a reduced angle of inclination, allowing wheelchair users to have a good view of the road, limiting motion sickness and being closer to other passengers. The underbody ramp reduces environmental noise and improves acoustic comfort on board the vehicle.
Space is optimized in the passenger compartment, with three individual row 2 seats developed by Renault Tech to replace the original bench seat. This makes it possible to have several seat configurations and to modulate the number of passengers in the same vehicle: 3 individual seats + 1 wheelchair, 4 individual seats + 1 wheelchair or 5 individual seats without a wheelchair.
"At Renault Tech, 2021 marks an important stage in the renewal of the TPMR range," Rafaël Treguer, Renault Tech managing director, said in the release. "With the New Kangoo, we are launching the fourth generation of TPMR transformation based on an MPV, more adapted to the uses of passengers and users, 60% of whom are transport professionals. Renault intends to maintain its leadership position in France and develop its sales in Europe, with a new Renault Tech range of vehicles approved for Europe (RCE). As with the New Kangoo, the TPMR version innovates by offering a unique solution on the European market. The vehicle integrates the access ramp under the body of the vehicle, which improves acoustics and comfort for wheelchair users, facilitates handling by the attendant and makes the vehicle more inclusive. The New Kangoo TPMR also offers unequalled modularity in the same vehicle, thanks to its three individual seats in row 2."
The New Kangoo TPMR will be available to order from July 2021 in France and Europe. Conversion kits will also be available to order for our European bodybuilding partners from September. It will be available with 100 and 130 bhp petrol engines, with manual or automatic gearboxes.