Renault’s new-look Koleos compact crossover arrives in NZ later this month with fresh styling and an updated equipment list.
The Koleos Phase 2 represents the first significant facelift for Renault’s inaugural compact SUV since it was originally launched in late 2008.
The Koleos is an important model in the NZ Renault range since the franchise was reinvigorated early this year. “The mix of models – 2WD and 4WD and both petrol and diesel engines has given the market a value for money choice,” said Stephen Kenchington, General Manager of Renault New Zealand.
The most popular model in NZ has been the 4WD Koleos with CVT transmission and standard leather upholstery and remains available as a free upgrade for $43,990.
Design changes on the Koleos Phase 2 include a revised interior and a new-look front-end that takes styling cues from Renault’s other Korean produced models, the Fluence and Latitude sedans. There’s a more rounded front bumper and all-new bonnet and front quarter panels that wrap around narrower headlights and a more traditional six-sided, three-bar chromed grille.
Inside, the Koleos will feature new seat upholsteries and interior trims, while the dashboard has been revised with a more contemporary instrument panel housing and lighting.
In terms of powerplants, the upgraded Koleos will continue to be available with a 2.5-litre petrol engine in front-wheel drive and Nissan-developed AWD configurations, as well as the flagship AWD-only 2.0-litre diesel six speed automatic variant.
This model tops the Koleos range at $49,990 plus on-road costs, while the most affordable Koleos is the 2.5 2WD CVT priced at $37,990.
All three models come standard with six airbags, electronic stability control, ABS brakes, emergency brake assist, seatbelt pre-tensioners and a maximum five-star Euro NCAP safety rating. Other standard features include cruise control, remote central locking with engine immobiliser, Bluetooth, seven function trip computer and, split opening tailgate.
The AWD models are upgraded further with automatic lights and windscreen wipers, fog lights, rear parking sensors, satellite navigation, hill start assist, hill descent control and heated door mirrors.
The Koleos is sold in 40 countries on five continents and last year more than 70 per cent of sales were in markets outside Europe.