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2012 Renault Koleos Revealed

2012 Renault Koleos

The first generation of the Renault Koleos wasn’t that good as far as the design is concerned, but this facelift makes it a little bit more attractive, although if I were in the market for a car in this segment I’d get the Nissan Qashqai.

2012 Renault Koleos

Anyway, the FL version brings significant updates inside and out, along with new engines and technologies. The new design has been developed by the French automaker while some of the technology has been implemented by Nissan, including the 4×4 transmission. The car is going to be built at Renault’s plant in Busan, South Korea.

As you can see from these pictures, the crossover benefits from a redesigned front fascia, featuring generous air intakes, an elegant chrome grille, slimmer headlights, along with a new design for the side mirrors which incorporate the LED indicators. Unfortunately, the back looks pretty much the same as the ongoing version and I can’t say that I like it very much.

2012 Renault Koleos

Inside the cabin, the 2012 Renault Koleos comes with an entirely new dashboard and clients will be able to choose from a wide variety of trims and upholsteries. One of the gasoline engines available for the crossover is a TR25 unit that generates 170 hp while the diesel M9R power unit will be offered in two output configurations: 150 hp or 175 hp. Clients can opt for both 4×2 or 4×4 drivetrains.

The French engineers focused their attention on increasing the storage space and they managed to do it as you’ll have an additional 70 liters to store your stuff. The 450-liter boot can be expanded to a whopping 1,380 liters if you fold the rear seats. Looking at the equipment list available for the Koleos, we find the Hill Descent Control, Hill Start Assist, dual-zone climate control, navigation and Bose audio system, just to name a few.

No word about the price list but we’ll keep you posted once Renault reveals it. Stay tuned.

Source: Renault via ZerCustoms

Geneva 2008: Renault Koleos makes world debut

The Renault Koles will be the French producer’s first entry into the highly competitive crossover market and it was introduced in world premiere at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. The car is based on the Nissan X-Trail and it will be offered with several engines, including a 170 hp 2.5 litre Euro 4 engine. You can read more info in our previous post about the Renault Koleos, by clicking HERE.

Check out more photos of Renault’s new crossover at the Geneva Motor Show after the jump.


Renault Koleos debuts at the Geneva Motor Show

French car maker Renault is ready to bring out its first crossover, the production-ready Renault Koleos, which will be on display at the Geneva Motor Show, starting March 4. Actually, we’re not really sure if we can call this car French, as it was designed by Renault, developed by Nissan and produced by Renault Samsung Motors in Korea, so a really muti-national product. The Koleos is based on the Nissan X-Trail and it will be available with 4×4-I system which spreads torque to where it is most needed, so under normal driving conditions only the front wheels receive torque, but when grip decreases up to 50% of torque is directed to the rear wheels.

Renault Koleos will be available with two types of engines. The latest-generation 2.0 dCi Euro 4 diesel engine (M9R) is available in a choice of two power outputs, 150hp and 175hp. The engine, which is already available on the Renault Megane, Nissan’s Qashqai and New X-Trail and it features piezoelectric injectors, common-rail 1,600-bar fuel injection, a water-cooled variable-geometry turbo and a periodic regeneration particulate filter. The engine is available for either the 4×2 or 4×4 versions and mated with either a six-speed manual gearbox or automatic transmission. The 175 hp version of the 2.0 dCi engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and all-wheel drive.

The other engine which will power the Koleos is a 2.5 litre Euro 4 which develops 170hp and 226 Nm of torque. Depending on market, it will be available with a manual six-speed gearbox and/or continuously variable transmission (CVT).

On the interior, the Renault Koleos will feature all sorts of equipment, from the front and rear proximity parking sensors to the automatic parking brake. The Koleos will also come equipped with a Carminat Navigation and Communication system incorporating three functions: a GPS navigation system with 7-inch, 16/9 screen and DVD atlas, a radio and six-CD multichanger and controls for a hands-free Bluetooth telephone. For enhanced night-time vision, Renault Koleos is available with bi-Xenon headlamps and fixed bending lights. These additional lights illuminate the inside of corners, thereby permitting the driver to spot a possible hazard or obstacle much sooner.

We’ll report more on the Renault Koleos from the Geneva Motor Show, where we’ll be present starting March 4. Check out the full photo gallery after the jump.