The look is decidedly different to its predecessor and the new Renault Koleos reflects the worldwide reshaping of the SUV to being more than merely functional to being the premier brand statement for the company.
“New Koleos completes the styling renaissance of the Renault range that began with Clio in 2012. As a designer, the challenge was to imagine an SUV that was not only elegant, but also dynamic and modern,” says Laurens van den Acker, Senior Vice President, Corporate Design.
“To achieve this, instead of diluting the traits traditionally associated with SUVs, we accentuated the segment’s familiar cues thanks to taut, powerful, horizontal lines, along with muscular haunches and high ground clearance. New Koleos subsequently exudes an inner strength. It is every inch an SUV and every inch a Renault.”
Visual design features include bright chrome front-end embellishments extending from the headlight across the full length of the wing to visually lengthen the bonnet and ensure that New Koleos stands out, narrower body fitting and sharp creases, tail lights that wrap over the rear wings and the chrome insert set into the lower part of the rear bumper.
The front and rear lights of the Koleos replicate the full LED lighting signature, that is now instantly distinguishable as part of the new Renault design language. The C-shaped Daytime Running Lights extend beyond the headlight units themselves and, dependent on the version, it is available with Pure Vision Full LED main and dipped beam lights.
The driving position ensures excellent visibility, an important feature for SUV buyers andt he large, vertical, centrally-positioned dashboard display (up to 8,7-inch) is fully integrated and the leather upholstery and leather-trimmed armrests feature contrasting top stitching.
In addition to having one of the longest wheelbases in its class, its wheelbase (2,710 mm/ overall length: 4,670 mm) frees up record roominess for all occupants. Rear passengers benefit from 289 mm knee room plus extremely generous head room, shoulder room and elbow room,
With a 5-star Euro NCAP Safety rating. Renault Koleos offers six crash bags, satellite sensors to detect lateral impact early, G Sensors – 2 on the side, and 1 on the front.
Passive Safety is provided anti-lock braking with EBD, cornering fog lights, blind spot warning and park assist.
The ALL MODE 4×4-i transmission available for New Koleos features technology that has been proved on millions of Renault’s Alliance vehicles worldwide. This all-wheel drive system permanently monitors grip levels to guarantee optimal traction whatever the conditions.
Unlike many competitor models, New Koleos continues to feature a control switch that allows drivers to choose the transmission mode. Very easy to use, it is situated to the right of the steering wheel and enables the driver to select one of three modes, namely 2WD, 4WD AUTO or the exclusive 4WS LOCK.
Unlike former CVT transmissions, New Koleos’s X-Tronic transmission performs more like a multi-ratio automatic whenever the driver needs to accelerate quickly. Thanks to its variable ratios, X-Tronic transmission proposes an infinite number of gears to ensure engine revs and load are constantly optimised for efficient fuel consumption and low noise levels.
Koleos is available in two trim levels – Expression and Dynamique – and is powered by a 2,5-litre petrol engine with a power output of 126 kW, 233Nm of Torque, CO2 emissions of 188g/100km and controlled fuel consumption from 8,8 l/100km.
As is the case across Renault’s entire product range, the New Renault Koleos comes standard with a 5-year/150 000 km mechanical warranty; plus a 5-year/ 90 000 km service plan and a 6-year anti-corrosion warranty, with service intervals at 15 000 km.
RANGE & PRICING:
Koleos Expression 2.5 CVT 4×2 R 399 900
Koleos Dynamique 2.5 CVT 4×2 R 439 900
Koleos Dynamique 2.5 CVT 4×4 R 479 900