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All-new Renault Koleos makes global debut in Australia

The second-generation Renault Koleos will go on sale in Australia on August 1, becoming the first market to introduce the new model.

RENAULT KOLEOS II

Sharing its architecture with the Nissan X-Trail and smaller brother, Kadjar, the new Koleos takes over from the original, 2007-vintage design. 528 Koleoses have been found homes to the end of June 2016, locally, well behind other ‘Medium SUV’ rivals.

Featuring the latest design language from the French marque, it offers a far sharper and more contemporary design inside and out than the vehicle it replaces. Like its predecessor, it rolls out of the Samsung factory in South Korea.

The Koleos will be available in three grades: Life, Zen and Intens. All three are powered by the same 2.5-litre four cylinder, producing 126kW at 6000rpm, and 226Nm at 4400rpm. This is fed to an Xtronic CVT; the sole transmission on offer.

The base Life model is available as a 4×2 only with 8.1L/100km on the combined cycle. It starts at $29,990. The mid-spec Zen is available in 4×2 and 4×4, while the top Intens is 4×4 only. Renault Australia head honcho Justin Hocevar announced:

“The new model is vastly different from anything we have offered in Australia. We are the first market to sell the all-new Koleos and performed local pre-series testing. Coupled with the vehicle’s outstanding specification levels and value for money, this demonstrates not only how important the Koleos is for Australia but also Renault’s global commitment to this market and our region.”

Here is a list of the standard equipment for each variant and the pricing structure that excludes on-road costs:

Life variant

  • 2.5L petrol engine delivering 126kW at 6000 rpm and 226Nm torque at 4400 rpm and CVT
  • 4X2 driven wheels
  • Fuel consumption of 8.1L/100km (combined cycle) and 188g CO2/km
  • Maximum towing capacity of 2000kg (braked)
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Automatic dual-zone climate control air conditioning
  • Automatic dusk-sensing headlights
  • Automatic windscreen wipers with rain sensor
  • Front and rear fog lights (front with cornering function)
  • LED taillights
  • 17-inch alloys with a full sized temporary spare wheel
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • RLINK2 Multimedia system with landscape 7 inch capacitive touch screen, AUX, 2 x USB and fingertip controls
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Cloth upholstery

The Zen variant adds:

  • 4X2 or 4X4 driven wheels
  • 4X4 fuel consumption of 8.3L/100km (combined cycle) and 192g CO2/km
  • Automatic electronic parking brake
  • Electric adjustable driver’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Keyless entry with automatic walk-away door locking
  • RLINK2 navigation and multimedia system with voice control and custom home screens
  • Soft touch artificial leather upholstery
  • Rear privacy glass
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Optional electric panoramic sunroof
  • Optional safety pack (Advanced Emergency Braking, Blind Sport Warning, Forward Collision Warning)

The Intens variant adds:

  • 4X4 driven wheels
  • Remote engine start
  • Pure vision LED headlights
  • Blind Spot Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS) – Interurban
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Easy Park Assist (parking assistance system)
  • Hands-free power tailgate
  • RLINK2 with portrait 8.7-inch capacitive touchscreen
  • Full grain leather upholstery with heated and ventilated front seats
  • Interior ambient cabin lighting
  • Bose audio system with 12 speakers, subwoofer and digital amplifier
  • Electric panoramic sunroof

Manufacturer’s List Price for the all-new Renault Koleos

Variant

Driven Wheels

Manufacturer’s List Price

Life

4X2

$29,990

Zen

4X2

$33,990

4X4

$36,490

Intens

4X4

$43,490

                                    Metallic paint $600

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.