Renault unveiled the Koleos, its latest addition to its extensive portfolio, during the 2016 Beijing International Automobile Exhibition. As expected from a D-segment SUV, the Koleos displays a muscular and powerful exterior and is fitted with unequalled four-wheel drive technology.
Due to a 213 mm ground clearance, it continues to have all-terrain capability. Being a Renault, it also carries characteristics specific to the brand. The interior shows comfort and refinement, with seats equipped with design and technologies that are unparalleled in its class.
It has equipment that is also seen in high-end models, an example of which is the R-LINK 2 multimedia tablet. The cabin space continues to be top-notch with knee room in the rear of 289 mm. Present in the Koleos is a mix of features related to large saloon cars and strong SUV cues.
The Koleos also offers a package that makes it set a benchmark when it comes to refinement and comfort for its segment. Being an SUV, the Koleos rounds up the high-end range of the brand that includes a large saloon car in the Talisman, Espace crossover, and the Talisman Estate, which is actually an estate variant.
Without a doubt, this new release is targeted for a worldwide audience considering that it was created with extra attention to detail to make sure that it could meet the high demands of its customers on every corner of the globe. Sales of the Koleos are scheduled to start by the third quarter of 2016 in markets that include Australia, Turkey, certain countries in Latin America, and the Gulf States. Sales begin in China by the end of 2016 and then at the start of 2017, Europe and Russia.
The release of the Koleos is significant for the brand as SUVs at present are experiencing strong growth in a number of countries. This is just as important for many customers as they will finally get the chance to drive a Renault in a class that they want. As an SUV, Renault’s Koleos has the capabilities and styling cues expected from vehicles of this segment.
Covering the new Koleos is the design pillar 'EXPLORE,' which signifies a taste of adventure as well as strength. This was implemented in order to ensure that this new release was in line with the design strategy that was first presented by none other than Laurens van den Acker. It is because of this that designers at Renault gave it muscular, powerful, and tight lines. Some of the features in the Koleos that are clearly design cues of classic SUV are large wheels with diameter of up to 19 inches, the protective mouldings on the door, and the roof bars made of aluminum.
With a 213 mm ground clearance and paired with the 19-degree approach angle and 26-degree departure angle, the Koleos achieves a go-anywhere ability. Its driving position is higher by 150 mm compared to the tradition sedan. This particular feature is what many SUV buyers value highly since a higher driving position means better visibility. Both the drivers and the passenger get a better sense of protection and safety considering that the dashboard has been constructed to be wide and tall. By putting hand grips on both sides of the center console, the interior gets a sporty yet off-road motoring feel. That the design of the interior is indeed new is highlighted by the central line that starts from the top of its dashboard and stretches all the way to the rear portion of the armrest.
This line brings to mind the power of all-wheel drive motoring. As a result of having a wide center console, the driver gets a comfortable distance from the passenger and vice-versa. In addition, the SUV genes of the Koleos are evident in the cabin. It suggests elegance, strength, quality, and comfort. This makes the protective interior balance well with the exterior lines. Fitted inside the Koleos is the ALL MODE 4x4-i technology, which has more than proved it is indeed capable by being used by millions of vehicles from Alliance worldwide. A switch has been placed to the left of the steering wheel and on the dashboard that allows the driver to activate the 2WD, the front-wheel drive, mode and the 4WD AUTO modes.
This makes it very easy to change between modes. In particular, the 4WD AUTO mode splits the torque produced between that of the front wheels with the rear wheels. When running at slow speeds and under low-grip conditions, the Koleos activates a third mode known as 4WD LOCK. With this, the driver can then choose the permanent all-wheel drive. Helping ensure the enhanced stability and improved safety of the Koleos is the 4x4 transmission.
This is because the transmission is able to neutralize any oversteer or understeer that occurs and it optimizes grip even when in difficult conditions. Since different markets have their own specific requirements, the brand will be offering a two-wheel drive version.