Mid-size SUV shoppers with the Renault Koleos on their shortlist now have another option to consider, with the French brand adding a more fuel-efficient version of the flagship variant to the line-up, for those who don’t need all-wheel drive.
Dubbed the Koleos S-Edition, the new trim grade is based on the flagship Koleos Intens and features much of the same equipment with a few unique additions, but has only two driven wheels instead of four, which makes it lighter and better on fuel.
Koleos S-Editions are fitted with the same 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine as the petrol-powered Intens, but by removing a pair of driveshafts the S-Edition has the same claimed economy of 8.1L/100km as other 4x2 variants. For comparison, the Intens 4x4 uses a claimed 8.3L/100km.
Other additions specific to the S-Edition include unique sill plates, metallic-black mirrors, and blue-trimmed interior features. The special edition also rolls on 19-inch alloy wheels as seen on the Koleos Initale Paris variant sold overseas.
Customers will be able to specify their S-Edition in one of four exterior colours, Solid White, Universal White, Meissen Blue and Grey Metallic.
The S-Edition Koleos is the same price as the all-wheel drive Intens, with a sticker price of $44,990.
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“The Renault Koleos is the best-selling model in the Renault Australia line-up,” said Andrew Moore, Managing Director, Renault Australia.
“Since the new Koleos went on sale in the second half of 2016, we experienced customer and dealer demand for a highly specified 4x2 variant to join our already compelling line-up.
“We’re confident this new addition will boost interest and sales levels still further.
“And with our five-year factory warranty and capped price servicing, the Renault Koleos continues to offer an extremely attractive ownership package compared with its rivals.”