Renault is preparing to expand its range of models on the New Zealand market early in 2011 with the launch of the new Fluence sedan, Megane hatch, Megane Coupe Cabriolet, Megane 250RS Cup and Trophee models and the Koleos SUV.
The enlarged range of Renault’s Koleos should cater for a wide variety of buyers in the compact SUV market.
When the high riding five door arrives here early next year it will be available in 3 models, including two and four wheel drive options.
“Our customers enjoy the versatility of a compact SUV with its command driving position,” said Mark Patterson, the General Manager of Renault Cars New Zealand. “But they don’t always require the off road capabilities that come with an AWD. So to cater for this we will also make available a 2WD option.”
The still comprehensively equipped 2WD Koleos will be competitively priced with a 2.5 litre four cylinder petrol engine and Continuously Variable Transmission.
There will be two four wheel drive models available. The same petrol motor as in the 2WD is mated to a 4WD CVT gearbox, while a two litre diesel will come with a six speed automatic transmission.
“Renault has the compact SUV market covered with this range,” said Mr Patterson. “Whether the preference is diesel or petrol both 4WDs offer the ability to take their occupants to any kind of recreational destination in New Zealand.”
All three models come standard with a safety package that includes six air bags, ESP and ABS brakes.
Standard features across the range include air conditioning, a four speaker sound system, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, 7 function trip computer, electric mirrors and windows, 17 inch alloy wheels and a rear spoiler.
The 2WD model also has the option of integrated satellite navigation and front fog lights.
Both 4WD models add hill descent and start assist control, dual climate control air conditioning, integrated satellite navigation, automatic park control, a central console, 6 speaker sound system, blinds on the rear side door windows, roof rails, front fog lights, automatic wipers and headlights, heated door mirrors, rear parking aid and iPod USB connectivity.
Optional extras include Xenon headlights, 18 inch alloy wheels and a sunroof.
Click here to read a Car and SUV review of the Renault Koleos.