2012 Renault Koleos Facelift pricing announced

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 6, 2011

Renault has announced the pricing information for the facelifted variant of the Koleos, which was unveiled a couple of weeks ago. It will be on display at the upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show and will start selling this October. The 2012 Renault Koleos received slight revisions on the exterior and interior. The most significant changes were made at its front.

The crossover will be available with a choice of two powertrains and two trim levels. In particular, customers will be able to choose from the dCi 150 and the dCI 175, ether in the Carminat or Exception equipment level.

These two engines are fitted with the 6-speed manual gearbox. In addition, the dCi 150 could be given a 6-speed automatic and can be mated with front-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive powertrains. The new Koleos is expected to be more efficient since the CO2 emissions rating for the dCi 150 engine is only 148 g/km.

The 2012 Renault Koleos offers the following standard equipment: parking sensors, automatic dual-zone climate control, hands-free entry, Carminat TomTom Live navigation, a set of alloy wheels, an electronic parking brake, and Bluetooth.

Consumers can choose from the following exterior colors: the non-metallic Glacier White, and the metallic Perle White, Metallique Black, Mars Grey, Argent Grey and Mineral Beige. In France, the 2012 Renault Koleos Facelift has a starting price of EUR28,400 for the Carminat dCi 150 4x2 variant. The range-topping version is priced from EUR34,900 (with the exception of the dCi 150 4x4 six-speed auto).

The Renault Koleos now features a revised and now more imposing front end. For the new Koleos, an elegant chrome grille has replaced the air intakes placed on either side of the Renault logo. Moreover, the new Renault Koleos now features new, slimmer headlights as well as more modern door mirrors with LED indicators. Its side view, meanwhile, implies links to 4x4 motoring with certain cues like prominent wheel arches, sporty wheels and high ground clearance. With dimensions of 4.52 meters in length and 1.85 meters in width, the new Koleos also features the unique rear-end styling and steeply-raked rear window of its predecessor. For the latest version of the crossover, Renault is making available a new body color -- Cayenne Orange.

Customers could choose from three power options for their Renault Koleos: a 150hp (dCi 150) or a 175hp version (dCi 175) of the M9R diesel engine, or a 170hp (TR25) petrol engine. Thanks to the attention paid to the engine, the gearbox and the crossover itself, the diesel versions of the Koleos return generous emission figures. For instance, 150hp 4x2 Koleus emits just 148 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer, which means it is exempted from the eco-surtax charge in France.

On the other hand, the 175hp version emits only 166 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. Indeed, the new Renault Koleos is a versatile that is suitable not only for the urban setting but also on the countryside. In particular, the Nissan-developed all-wheel drive transmission of the 4x4 variant allows the Koleus to tackle off-road courses with ease, as complemented by its precise steering and stability. Thanks to Renault's expertise in the areas of active and passive safety, the new Koleus was endowed with features like six airbags and seat belt pretensioners, ESP, programmed structural deformation and emergency brake assist – allowing the crossover to earn a five-star crash test rating from Euro NCAP.

Inside, the new Renault Koleos features a more refined and elegant cabin, loaded with a selection of new upholsteries and trims. Moreover, the interior boasts of an evolved version of the dashboard and instrument lighting, with the addition of a more stylish speedometer housing and display. In terms of cabin space and comfort, the new Renault Koleos leads its segment. Renault has made sure that the Koleus features a layout that allows all five occupants to sit comfortably inside.

The French carmaker has made sure that front passengers enjoy segment-leading headroom and knee room while rear occupants experience an outstanding balance between elbow room and headroom. Occupants would surely love the crossover’s panoramic opening roof. The practicality and modularity of the new Renault Koleos allow it to offer a stowage space of up to 70 liters. The crossover offers a 450dm3 (VDA) boot that could be accessed through the split-opening tailgate, which has a bottom section that forms a bench when lowered.

The crossover comes with a 60/40-split rear bench seat fitted with the Easy-Estate system, allowing it to be folded in one quick movement – thereby freeing up a flat floor and revealing a large boot space of 1,380dm3 VDA. Furthermore, the new Koleus is loaded with an array of high-end comfort and safety features like its hands-free entry and ignition, a joystick-operated Carminat TomTom navigation system and an electronic parking brake, as well as automatic headlight and windscreen wiper activation.

Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control systems are fitted into 4x4 versions of new Renault Koleos. Moreover, control systems for the dual-zone climate, audio and navigation are now more intuitive and easy to reach. The crossover is also endowed with the premium Bose sound audio system that has been engineered to match the attributes of the Koleus’ cabin.

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