Making its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2008, Renault has unveiled the Koleos, its first ever 4x4 crossover. It has been designed to be versatile, offering the same reassuring drive when motoring in and about town, on open roads and on motorways as it does when it is taken off the beaten track. Meanwhile, Renault Koleos delivers the same standard of comfort as that expected of a hatchback, as well as cabin space worthy of a compact MPV.
While 4x4 models are frequently associated with bulky volumes and considered complex to use, one of the key features of the Renault Koleos is the speed and ease with which drivers feel at home behind its wheel. The length and width of the Koleos are 4.52m and 1.85m and these contained dimensions ensure that it copes as effortlessly with city motoring as it does when taken off the beaten track.
A raft of equipment aimed at taking the stress out of motoring underpins how effortlessly the Koleos fits into the Renault family. Such features include the hands-free card and keyless starting functions, automatic headlamp and wiper activation, cruise control and speed limiter, while the controls for the electric windows, adjustment of the exterior mirrors and central locking are all located on the driver’s door.
The Renault Koleos is the first Renault model to feature 4-wheel drive from launch. It will also be available in 2-wheel drive form for those customers who are drawn by its adventurer, crossover looks but who have no call for all-wheel drive transmission.
Renault Koleos will be available with 2 types of Alliance engines in the UK. The latest-generation 2.0 dCi Euro 4 diesel engine is available in a choice of 2 power outputs – 150hp or 175hp. The engine has already been seen on the Renault Megane, Laguna and Espace, the Nissan Qashqai and X-Trail and Renault Samsung Motors’ QM5.
The new Renualt Koleos is due to be launched in the UK in July 2008.
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