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Renault Kangoo diesel to feature auto transmission

Renault Australia’s Light Commercial Vehicle division will introduce an automated transmission for the Kangoo diesel before the end of 2017.

The two-pedal turbo-diesel Kangoo will use a similar six-speed Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) automatic transmission as fitted to the 1.2-litre petrol-engined Kangoo, which was launched in Australia in February.

“We’ve been looking to add an auto diesel powertrain to the Kangoo range for a while now, and I’m pleased to say that the specification we want has now gone into production, and we should receive the first vehicles prior to Christmas,” said Lyndon Renault Australia LCV Senior Model Line Manager, Lyndon Healey.

The OEM has said that the six-speed EDC is an automatic dual dry clutch transmission and is the ideal gear for any driving condition, which is selected automatically by an Electronic Control Unit (ECU).

The Renault Kangoo diesel EDC will reportedly provide very smooth gear-shifting characteristics, with a shift time 290 milliseconds. The transmission’s ‘creep’ control has been designed to pull away gradually when the brake pedal is released. Also, the EDC transmission will offer Hill Start Assist as standard, ensuring safe starts on an incline when partnered with the creep control system.

The Kangoo EDC’s 81kW/240Nm of torque from the 1.5-litre diesel engine will feature an ECO Mode, cutting fuel consumption by up to 10 per cent, according to Renault Australia. When activated via a switch beside the handbrake, ECO Mode will adjust the management of the gearbox ECU, enabling gearshifts at lower revolutions per minute.

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