The new Renault Koleos is now available in South Africa, at a starting price of R484,900.
The updated SUV features a slight exterior redesign and a revised list of equipment, and it is available in two specification levels – Expression and Dynamique.
Renault’s Koleos comes with C-Shaped LED daytime running lights, all-round LED lights, a more pronounced grille with chrome inserts, and an extended skid plate at the rear.
In addition, it stands on 18-inch wheels and measures 4,673mm long, 1,864mm wide, and 1,678mm tall – resulting in a claimed class-leading rear passenger legroom of 289mm.
Cargo capacity comes in at 464 litres in five-seater mode, and can be extended to 1,700 litres with the rear seats down.
Inside, standard features now include leather seats and armrests, a multifunction steering wheel, ambient lighting, chilled and heated front cupholders, and a 7-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
The more expensive Dynamique trim is then fitted with an 8.7-inch central screen, keyless entry and start, an electric tailgate, a reverse camera, adaptive LED headlights, and six-way electrically adjustable front seats.
This derivative gets more safety systems, too, comprising a blind-spot monitor, 360-degree parking sensors, and a tyre pressure monitor.
The Expression offers ABS, hill start assist, and six airbags as standard; while the Koleos range scores a 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating.
Driving each new Koleos is a 2.5-litre, petrol engine connected to a CVT transmission with a seven-step sequential mode.
The powertrain develops 126kW and 233Nm, and sends drive to the front wheels in both specifications.
This is good for a 0-100km/h sprint of 9.5 seconds, a top speed of 185km/h, and a combined fuel consumption of 8.1l/100km.
The motor also allows a maximum braked towing capacity of 1,500kg, while an ample 210mm ground clearance makes the Koleos stand out in its class.
The South African pricing for the new Renault Koleos is as follows:
Each purchase includes a 5-year/150,000km mechanical warranty and a 5-year/90,000km service plan.