Estimated to be priced between Rs 24 lakh – Rs 28 lakh, the 2017 Renault Koleos will rival the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour.
The 2017 Renault Koleos shares its styling elements with the Renault Talisman saloon that won the 'Most Beautiful Car of the Year' award at 2016 Festival Automobile International in France.
September 29, 2017 – Renault, the French automaker, has shown the Koleos SUV at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The vehicle had its world premiere at the Beijing Motor Show in April, 2016. The new Renault Koleos is already on sale in Australian and Malaysian markets. While the Malaysia-spec model is being made available with a Sce 170 variant only, the Australia-spec version is offered in three trim levels – Life, Zen and Interns – with FWD, 4X2 or 4X4 and AWD drive systems respectively. In India, the new Renault Koleos 2017 will go on sale towards the end of 2017.
The Malaysia-spec Koleos comes powered by a four-cylinder petrol mill paired to a X-Tronic CVT gearbox. This engine yields a peak power of 170bhp at 6,000rpm and 226Nm at 4,400rpm. It is capable to attain 0-100kmph in 9.5 seconds before hitting a top speed of 200kmph. The second-generation Renault Koleos is based on the company’s new design strategy – Expolre – that we have already seen on the Renault Megane, Kadjar, Espace, Scenic and Talisman.
Similar to the current model, the 2017 Koleos will be imported to India as CKD (Completely Knocked Down) unit, and then assembled at the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s Oragadam-based facility near Chennai. This will also help carmaker price the SUV quite competitively.
Renault India might introduce the second-generation Koleos SUV towards the end of next year. However, no official word has been made about the launch timeline of the vehicle.
|Minimum||Rs 24 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 28 lakh|
In the premium SUV segment, the new Renault Koleos will compete against the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour and Hyundai Santa Fe. With such rivalry, the new Renault SUV is estimated to be priced around Rs 24 lakh – Rs 28 lakh. Currently, the SUV is available within the price range of Rs 23.5 lakh – Rs 27.7 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Australia-spec Renault Koleos Life 4X2 is priced at AU$29,990 (Rs 15.19 lakh), while the top-end model costs AU$43,490 (Rs 22.03 lakh). The mid-level Zen 4X2 and 4X4 variants are available at AU$33,990 (Rs 17.22 lakh) and AU$36,490 (Rs 18.49 lakh) respectively.
The new Koleos will come with multiple powertrain options that will vary market-wise. In some global markets, the SUV will be available with two petrol and two diesel engines with capacity ranging from 130bhp to 175bhp. Transmission options on offer could be a 6-speed manual or X-Tronic automatic. The SUV will come with All Mode 4×4 all-wheel drivetrain system offering a choice between 2WD and 4WD Auto modes.
Furthermore, the SUV offers a third mode – 4WD Lock – that enables the driver select permanent all-wheel drive. In certain markets, the Koleos will also be made available with two-wheel drive system. The China-spec 2017 Renault Koleos will be offered with 150bhp, 2.0-litre and 186bhp, 2.5-litre engines. But, the technical details of the India-spec model are still under the wraps. The existing Koleos comes fitted with a 2.0-litre, 148bhp dCi diesel engine, supported by 2WD and 4WD system.
Similar to the Malaysia-spec model, the India-bound 2017 Renault Koleos might come in a choice of four colours – Black Metallic, Universal White, Grey Metallic and Meissen Blue.
Based on C/d version of the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s CMF (Common Module Family) platform, the new Koleos carries Renault’s new design philosophy called ‘Expolre’. This bold design said to be suggest “robustness and a test for adventure”. The new Koleos derives some of its design elements from the Renault Talisman saloon that was awarded as the ‘Most Beautiful Car of the Year’ at 2016 Festival Automobile International in Paris. The fascia of the SUV has aggressive appeal, thanks to its signature Pure Vision full LED headlights, wide chrome grille and chrome strips running across headlamps and full length of the wings.
The muscular side lines, large-diameter wheels, door protective molding and aluminium roof bars enhance its side profile. The rear end looks sporty with horizontal tail-lights, twin exhaust tail pipes and rear bumper with chrome inserts. The overall length, width and height of the new Renault Koleos measure 4,672mm, 1,843mm and 1,678mm respectively. This makes it 150mm longer, 29mm shorter and 12mm narrower than the first generation. The wheelbase, with an extension of 15mm, stands at 2,705mm. It has a ground clearance of 213mm.
With several design upgrades and new features, the interior of new-gen Koleos is certainly up-market, and looks more premium than before. Features like new 6-way power adjustable front seat, integrated ventilation for lower down temperature in hot weather and power lumber adjustment are available only on the selected trim of the SUV. Other key features include R-LINK 2 touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, BOSE surround sound system, tall and wide dashboard, hands-free telephony, driver aids, radio, a 5-litre cubby in the centre console and an 11-litre glove box.