2018 Renault Koleos gains free tech upgrade

French-branded SUV gains key safety and infotainment features without a price bump

Renault Koleos MAIN Jpg

Renault has added more value to its Koleos medium SUV with smartphone mirroring and automatic emergency braking now standard across the range.

The update means the entry-level Koleos Life gains Renault’s Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS), while maintaining its $29,990 entry-level pricing.

AEBS works in two phases to warn of a potential collision risk, before automatically engaging the brakes via the Koleos’ electronic stability control.

All Koleos variants – Life, Zen and Intens – also gain Apple CarPlay/Android connectivity, which displays smartphone apps and lets passengers operate them via the car’s touchscreen.

The system, which requires the phone to be plugged into the vehicle via a USB socket, is a welcome alternative to negotiating Renault’s relatively complex infotainment system.

The inclusions add to Koleos’ already handy standard features list which includes satellite navigation, dual-zone climate control, dusk-sensing headlamps and rain-sensing wipers.

The inclusions should bolster the Koleos’ already healthy sales in Australia, where it it’s the French carmaker’s best-selling model with year-to-date sales of 739 by the end of March – almost 500 more than Megane.

All Koleos variants are powered by a 126kW/226Nm 2.5-litre petrol engine with CVT auto, apart from range-topping Intens Diesel which joined the range in August last year with a 130kW/380Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel taken from the Nissan X-Trail, which also shares the same underpinnings.

2018 Renault Koleos pricing

  • Koleos Life 4x2 - $29,990
  • Koleos Zen 4x2 - $33,990
  • Koleos Zen 4x4 - $36,490
  • Koleos Intens 4x4 - $43,490
  • Koleos Intens Diesel 4x4 - $46,990

 

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