RENAULT Australia has announced full prices and specifications for its Koleos SUV range, which is set to make its global sales debut in Australia next Monday. Prices range from $29,990 for the entry-level Koleos Life to $43,490 for the flagship Koleos Intens.
The mid-grade Koleos Zen sits between them, priced at $33,990 in front-wheel drive form and $36,490 in AWD guise.
“We are the first market to sell the all-new Koleos”, said Renault Australia Managing Director Justin Hocevar.
“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.”
Compared to the previous-generation Koleos (which has soldiered on as Renault’s biggest SUV for nine years), the new model is priced slightly higher, with an increase in base pricing of $1500 and the range-topper costing $1000 more than before. Balancing that out, however, is a roomier cabin, improved cabin quality and substantially fatter standard equipment levels
The most noticeable improvement is in size. Measuring 4670mm long and sitting across a 2710mm wheelbase, the new 2016 Renault Koleos is bigger than before with more space inside for passengers and cargo.
Second-row passengers enjoy 289mm of knee room (a number that Renault says is class-leading), while the boot can take up to 624 litres of cargo. The 60/40 split rear seatbacks can be dropped from the boot area too, using a pair of convenient handles. With the rear seats down, maximum luggage capacity measures over 1900 litres.
All variants will be powered by a 2.5 litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine, producing 126kW of power at 6000rpm and 226Nm of torque at 4400rpm. A CVT automatic is the sole transmission on offer, with drive going to either the front wheels or all four depending on spec.
Fuel consumption is a claimed 8.1 L/100km on the combined cycle for 2WD models, and 8.3 L/100km for AWD.
The base model Koleos Life is front-drive only, and comes equipped with dual-zone climate control; dusk-sensing headlamps; rain-sensing wipers; foglamps; 17-inch alloys; cloth upholstery with a leather-wrapped steering wheel; a reversing camera and rear parking sensors; 2 USB ports; Bluetooth telephony and a 7.0-inch touchscreen display running Renault’s RLINK2 infotainment system.
Moving up into the Zen variant nets you the choice of an AWD driveline; a power-adjustable driver’s seat; heated front seats; keyless entry; an electronic parking brake; faux-leather upholstery; rear privacy glass; the addition of satellite navigation for the RLINK2 system; and a set of 18-inch alloy wheels.
The top grade Koleos Intens is only available in AWD form, and adds LED headlamps; park assist; a powered tailgate; a tablet-style 8.7-inch capacitive touchscreen infotainment system; leather trim; heated and ventilated front seats; remote engine starter; ambient cabin lighting; a panoramic glass sunroof; and a premium 12-speaker Bose audio system.
The Intens also comes with an upgraded safety suite, featuring blind spot warning, lane departure warning, low-speed autonomous emergency braking and forward collision warning. Those safety features (minus lane departure warning) are also available on the Koleos Zen as a cost option – as is the panoramic glass sunroof.
Though expensive at the lower end of the range compared to segment leaders like the Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson and Toyota RAV4, the 2016 Koleos should give Renault’s local division a substantial shot in the arm.
Last year Renault sold just 1419 Koleos models, well behind its mainstream rivals. To put that into context, over 25,000 CX-5s were sold over the same period. Meanwhile the aging Captiva 5 managed 5600-odd sales.
Having a larger, fresher and more attractively-specced product in its showroom should boost Renault’s fortunes in the increasingly popular midsize SUV segment.
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