2014 Renault Koleos
Renault was not at all popular when they launched the Koleos SUV in the year 2011 which was based on the crossover design but after the European car maker launched their product Duster in the year 2012, which we all know is a compact SUV it became popular instantly and people started to gain some trust on this particular manufacturer. Now after almost 3 years Renault once again want to take a second chance with their premium SUV Koleos and decided to launch a facelifted version soon in our Indian market. The facelifted version of the SUV was reveled at the sixth International Buenos Aires Motor Show.
The Koleos when launched earlier had to face some serious competition from the segment leader Toyota Fortuner which was a more rugged and tough looking SUV and quite frankly the Koleos looked like its younger sister. Now that the times has changed and Indian people have become quite open and welcoming new brands and their products, it is good time for Renault to gain their foothold in the Indian premium SUV segment.
The Renault Koleos was always a powerful SUV and the facelifted version although is powered by the same 2.0-litre diesel engine but it now generates even more power and torque than its predecessor which is good news for many but does the new facelifted version have what it takes to compete with other SUV’s of its segment?
UPDATE 29/01/14 Renault launched the facelifted Koleos in the Indian market today. The prices has been provided below.
Hit the jump to find out the details of the new Renault Koleos
Koleos was never an aggressive looking SUV instead it looked quite sophisticated and elegant. The new facelifted version of Koleos received Renault’s new styling identity and to make it look more SUV like Renault has added a new bigger front grille which has lots of chrome in it and stretches to the headlamps, it also gets a larger Renault emblem placed in the middle of it. The side profile gets new door mirrors which are equipped with LED side indicators beside the new chrome strips and 5 spoke alloy wheels. One will find hardly any change at the rear of the SUV.
Take a look at it and you cannot exactly call it a hardcore offroader like the other SUV’s of its segment. Still somehow it has got its own unique appeal.
The new grille with lots of chrome and huge Renault logo placed in the middle makes the front look more aggressive.
The side profile gets an additional chrome strip and new 5 spoke alloy wheels
The rear of the vehicle remained unchanged
The exterior dimension of the SUV has been provided below:
|Wheel base||2690 mm|
Step in the interior of this new facelifted version and you will notice there are hardly any changes made to it, however the driver side passenger now gets power seats along with the driver seat which is also height adjustable so that the person driving the vehicle can choose their suitable driving position.
The two tone interior looks sophisticated but somehow it feels quite ordinary for a vehicle which is priced above 20 lakh rupees but the cabin surely will impress you with its interior space and storage areas and I mean some serious storage areas. At the front there is a chilled 15-litre glove box which definitely is a practical addition from Renault; the second row passenger gets flip open trays which again is an intelligent addition to this beside that there are storage space even at the back of the front seats and also on the doors and because there is no third row seats in the Koleos the boot space is huge at the rear. What is even more interesting is that the 60/40 second row seats can be split open to create some more space at the rear of the SUV. The split tailgate at the rear helps in easy loading and unloading of luggage they are even useful when the vehicle is parked at a cramped area.
The second row seats are quite spacious and there is ample of leg and head room for the occupants inside there is even an AC vent for the rear passenger which makes you feel even special inside the SUV.
Overall the Koleos interiors are spacious and there is plenty of space to store your belongings even if you are taking a long trip with your family.
There are plenty of additional features that you will get with the 4x4 version of the Koleos they are as follows:
- * Hands-free starting and entry
- * Duel zone automatic climate control
- * Rear air conditioner vents
- * Automatic headlight and windscreen wiper
- * Electric front seats
- * There is even a Bose Energy Efficient Series audio system which comes with 7 audio speakers a woofer and a digital amplifier (It also includes CD player Bluetooth connectivity and Aux)
When it comes to the engine Renault has stored some surprise here also for the consumers. The earlier Koleos was powered by a 2.0 liter engine which generated some 150 hp of maximum power and 32.6 Kgm of torque. This time Renault has tweaked the engine and now there will be two version available the base 2x4 variants gets the same engine which generates the same power output whereas the top end 4x4 variant although is powered by the same 2.0 liter engine but still generates more power than the old Koleos, 171 bhp at 3750 rpm and 36.7 kgm of torque at 2000 rpm to be exact, the engine has been mated to a 6 speed manual gearbox.
The SUV engine was surely not the smoothest when it was revved hard some of the noise even sipped inside the cabin which was not a good thing, there was even complains about turbo lag when the SUV was driven within the city traffic at lower speeds or while overtaking on the highways. Hopefully Renault has taken care of those problems this time.
RIDE AND HANDLING
Koleos strength lied in its handling and ride quality, the SUV was one of the most well behaved SUV that you wind on road today. It uses MacPherson struts at the front and multilink at the rear of the SUV which provided smooth ride for the occupants inside doing its duty of soaking up bumps and potholes quite effectively. The steering of this SUV makes its handling a lot easier although there is slight amount of body roll at the corners but the rest of the SUV handles like a car.
It even offers a high ground clearance which easily helps overcoming hurdles and rough sections quite easily.
The Renault Koleos packs the following safety features:
- * cruise control with speed limiter
- * Hill Start Assist function
- * Hill descent control (Available only with 4x4 variant)
- * ABS and EBD
- * Selectable All wheel drive with three modes
- * 6 airbags (2 airbags available with 2Wheel drive variant)
- * ESP
The facelifted Renault Koleos prices has been provided below:
- * The 4x2 Manual version has been priced at Rs. 22,32,999 (Ex showroom Delhi)
- * The 4x4 Manula version has been priced at Rs. 25,13,999 (Ex showroom Delhi)
- * The top end 4x2 Automatic transmission has been priced at Rs. 26,18,999 (Ex showroom Delhi)
When it comes to competition the Koleos has plenty of it in the Indian market. There is the big and beefy Toyota Fortuner which you all are quite aware about then there is the newly launched fourth generation Honda CR-V but another tough competitor that Renault will have to face is the new generation Hyundai Santa Fe which will also soon make its way into our Indian market.
The new generation Hyundai Santa Fe with its new fluidic design and interior features looks more stylish and proper SUV like. It will be launched soon in our market. The new Santa Fe is powered by a 2.2-litre 2199cc, common-rail, direct-injection, diesel engine which generates about 194 bhp of maximum power at 3800 rpm and 44.45kgm of torque.
So we have seen that the facelifted Renault Koleos brings both good and bad things with it. Renault has added minor changes to its exterior and its interior but the biggest change that you will find in this SUV is in its engine which now generates even more power and torque output. If you want a Chauffer driven SUV then there is no doubt that this is the ideal SUV for you because it has a good reputation in the ride quality department and the rear seats are definitely comfortable and provides plenty of space.
The wraps came off New Renault Koleos at the sixth International Buenos Aires Motor Show. Unanimously acclaimed for the travelling comfort it delivers, as well as its extensive equipment package and all-terrain ability, Renault’s SUV now also features the brand’s latest styling identity.
New Renault Koleos is attractive and easy to recognise at first glance thanks to its new front end which embodies the brand’s new identity.The redesigned two-tone wheels provide the latest evolution of the model with extra character, while the chrome finish of the side protective strips adds a touch of distinguished elegance.A new, refined body colour – Ebony Brown – is now also available.The cabin, too, benefits from a new trim, plus new brown leather upholstery to harmonise with the Ebony Brown exterior finish.
New Renault Koleos is equipped with the new in-dash Renault R-Link multimedia system complete with seven-inch touchscreen display. Renault R-Link permits the selection of one of 26 languages and packs all the expected multimedia functions, from navigation, radio and telephony to Bluetooth® connectivity and audio streaming, as well as connectivity for portable music-playing devices. It also proposes services associated with the vehicle’s own systems, plus access to the Renault R-Link Store which has a catalogue of more than 50 applications (depending on country) that can be downloaded directly to the vehicle or using a personal computer.
Another important new feature of the car is the Blind Spot Warning (BSW) function which provides a visual alert whenever a vehicle is detected in the blind spot in order to facilitate safe overtaking.
A reversing camera combined with rear parking sensors provides a real-time image of what is behind the car on the R-Link system’s display. A hands-free card, Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control functions, and Bose audio round off the extensive list of high-end equipment available for New Renault Koleos.
The front end of New Renault Koleos embodies Renault’s new styling identity which is founded on harmonious, elegant lines. The new bumper and chrome grille, which incorporates a large Renault logo at its centre, provide the vehicle with an assertive yet elegant look.The door mirror housings are equipped with LED indicators.New Renault Koleos’ SUV lines, high-up driving position and new, original two-tone wheels further express the model’s unique personality. The rear screen retains the same rake that provides Renault Koleos with its dynamic stance.To facilitate access to the boot, the split-opening tailgate opens in two parts. The materials selected for the cabin are of an outstanding quality, while the finish meets the high demands associated with the segment.
The centre console features a satin finish trim and numerous chrome highlights.Like the door panels, the centre console comes with wood inserts.New leather upholsteries have been added to the catalogue, while the 0.75-square metre opening panoramic sun roof ensures a brightly lit interior.
New Renault Koleos is packed with technology and comfort-enhancing features, as well as the brand’s most innovative equipment.One of the chief differences with the former version is the in-dash, connected Renault R-Link multimedia system complete with a seven-inch touchscreen display.This highly innovative, smart and intuitive system was designed specifically for automotive use and revolutionises the world of motoring by simplifying manoeuvres and contributing to travelling comfort.
R-Link is equipped with a large seven-inch (18cm) touchscreen display, steering wheel-mounted remote controls, a console-mounted joystick and a voice command function that allows drivers to use its functions without taking their eyes off the road. R-Link is also fully connected in order to provide access to a host of motoring-related services and to permit the downloading of applications from the R-Link Store.
R-Link provides a user-friendly interface which covers all the car’s functions and data. The home page provides easy access to the different multimedia functions, TomTom LIVE navigation system and the R-Link Store. Users can even customise this home page and edit a list of favourite functions.
With a catalogue currently including more than 50 applications, R-Link Store provides access to a long list of mobility-related functions and community-based applications already seen on smartphones. These applications can be downloaded directly to the car or via the My Renault website.
After being the first manufacturer to propose steering wheel-mounted remote control and in-car navigation, after introducing the hands-free card, after bringing high-resolution displays and GPS to a broader audience, and after pioneering with a connected navigation system (Carminat TomTom LIVE), Renault continues to innovate thanks to R-Link.
In the case of New Renault Koleos, the Renault R-Link multimedia system can be controlled using either the touchscreen display or the joystick located next to the gear lever, depending on the users’ needs.
Another innovative Renault technology seen on New Koleos is the Blind Spot Warning (BSW) which provides a visual warning whenever a vehicle is detected in the blind spot to facilitate safe overtakingAnother new feature is the reversing camera with image displayed on the R-Link display to assist parking manoeuvres.
New Renault Koleos boasts SUV-leading comfort-related equipment. The cabin stands out as an eloquent example of the brand’s extensive savoir-faire. The driving position can be optimised thanks to the height-adjustable driver’s seat, as well as the reach- and height-adjustable steering wheel. The automatic dual-zone climate control allows the driver and passenger to select their ideal cabin temperature independently.
The vehicle is also equipped with vents for rear occupants.New Renault Koleos comes with a variety of stowage solutions.At the front, there is a chilled 15-litre glove box, while the centre console comes with a removable stowage bin and the centre armrest incorporates cup holders. The split tailgate facilitates access to the boot. The upper part is practical when the car is parked in a cramped space or when carrying long items. The lower part can be opened to load heavy or bulky objects. When lowered, this part of the tailgate can also be employed as a solid, practical platform capable of supporting a load of up to 200kg. The 60/40-split folding rear bench seat incorporates the Easy Estate system which allows the seat to be fully folded from the boot in one simple movement.
New Renault Koleos comes with a card for hands-free starting and entry, as well as an electronic parking brake, automatic headlight and windscreen wiper activation and cruise control with speed limiter. Meanwhile, the Hill Start Assist function is automatically triggered to prevent the vehicle from rolling backwards when starting on a gradient of more than 10 percent.For even greater travelling enjoyment, occupants can benefit from the Bose® Energy Efficient Series audio system. Tailor-engineered for Koleos’ cabin, it delivers a unique listening experience similar to that of a live performance thanks to an arrangement of seven loudspeakers, a woofer and a digital amplifier.
In terms of active safety, and to help prevent accidents from happening in the first place, New Renault Koleos is equipped with ABS, electronic brakeforce distribution, emergency brake assist, ESC and understeer control. Even before the latter is triggered, the all-wheel drive management system is programmed to take corrective action by adjusting the front/rear torque split should over- or under-steer be detected.
On the passive safety front, the vehicle’s structure incorporates programmed front and rear crumple zones, while the cabin is engineered to serve as a protective cell in an accident.New Renault Koleos is equipped with a wide range of occupant protection equipment, including six airbags, load limiter seat belts for the front and outer rear seats, pretensioners for the front seat belts and Isofix child seat anchorage for the outer rear seats. In a rear impact, the head rests and seats of Renault Koleos have been designed to ensure a very high level of occupant protection.
A practical SUV with genuine 4x4 ability
New Koleos can be ordered with two- or four-wheel drive transmission.Its flexible, high-torque engines provide it with real off-road ability.Its length and width are 4.52 and 1.85 metres respectively.It is a comfortable SUV which is a pleasure to drive in and about town.
Its contained footprint, power steering and responsiveness ensure a pleasant, stress-free ride in built-up areas.The 4x4 version delivers genuine off-road ability thanks to its ‘All mode 4x4 I’ transmission developed by the Renault-Nissan Alliance. The transmission can be used in one of three modes: ‘Auto’, ‘LOCK’ or ‘2WD’.With the Auto mode selected, the front/rear torque split is automatically adjusted as a function of available grip.On normal roads, torque is delivered to the front wheels only.Should traction or grip be lost, a proportion of the torque is directed to the rear wheels.In extreme conditions, torque is split evenly front and rear.When starting, torque is divided among the four wheels.
The way torque is distributed is controlled by an electronic coupler based on data received front the ECU and a variety of sensors (wheel speed, acceleration, steering wheel angle and accelerator pedal position).In LOCK mode, the driver can electronically lock the transmission in all-wheel drive when driving on snow, mud or dirt, for example. In this case, 50 percent of torque is transferred to the rear wheels using a switch positioned on the dashboard.In 2WD mode, the driver can lock the transmission in two-wheel drive.