The first generation Kangoo was
introduced in 1997. It was facelifted in 2003, resulting in a Phase
II model. The Phase II vehicles are distinguished by their new nose
styling, standardised across the Renault range, with the Renault
diamond mounted on a body colour panel in the centre of the grille
and teardrop headlamps.
The rear windows and seats of the Kangoo could be removed, producing
the panel van Kangoo Express. The Kangoo became popular with the
mobility-impaired and wheelchair users due to its height and
accessibility and because it could be adapted to include mounting
points for wheelchairs.