Monday, 21 May 2012


Renault South Africa has launched the new and updated facelift Koleos crossover vehicle. It now comes with one engine and three different models, ranging from a 4x2 manual to a 4x4 CVT. Not too many Koleos models have been sold in Mzansi, but Renault hopes the updates will make things much smoother from hereon.

Koleos now boasts a new front end with air intakes positioned on either side of the company logo, slimmer headlights, more streamlined side mirrors with LED indicators, and 17-inch wheels. The interior has apparently been refreshed to make it more high quality, with leather now coming standard, 70 litres of stowage available all around the cabin, folding tables at the rear and a split-opening tailgate whose upper part is designed to open in cramped spaces.

Like other Renault products in the country, the Koleos now comes standard with a Carminat Tom Tom on-board satellite navigation system, dual-zone climate control, full electric windows, front heated seats for the winter, a Bose sound system with Bluetooth connectivity and USB ports. There’s also front and rear parking sensors.

Only one engine is being sold now, namely the 2.5-litre 16V ancient runner. It does a laboured 126kW at 6000rpm and 226Nm of torque at 4400rpm. Earth to Renault: 2.5-litre engines last produced 120kW in the year 2000. Doesn’t promise much, doesn’t deliver much either. By that we mean a 0 – 100km/h run in about 9 seconds, top speed of 191km/h and combined fuel consumption of about 9.9 litres per 100km.

In terms of the three variants we have a 4x2 6-speed manual pulling on its front wheels, a 4x4 6-speed manual and a 4x4 with a CVT gearbox.

Renault Koleos Pricing
2.5 Dynamique 4x2 (R289 900)
2.5 Dynamique 4x4 (R314 900)
2.5 Dynamique 4x4 CVT (R339 900)

1 comment:

Neville Strauss said...

Boring car. Renault needs a shakeup. They haven't been exciting since the first Clios came to Sa