Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
Only two years after being unveiled, Renault has decided to give the second generation of the Koleos a mid-cycle facelift, which includes mild exterior upgrades, better equipment and two new diesel engines.
Since the compact/medium SUV is part of Renault’s rather successful top tier lineup, the facelift changes are minimal.
The Koleos’ revamped front end includes a more aggressive-looking engine grille, extra chrome brightwork across the bumper and a redesigned skid plate. The rear has also been slightly upgraded, with a new skid plate extending higher on the bumper and new brightwork similar to the one on the front. New 18- and 19-inch alloys and colors complete the revamp. On the inside, depending on the trim level, there are also new seats, satin chrome inserts on the steering wheel, gear stick and AC vents. The two new diesel engines are the Blue dCi 150 X-Tronic, with 150 horsepower and the Blue dCi 190 X-Tronic All-Mode 4x4-i, with 190 horsepower and paired with all-wheel-drive.
The French manufacturer revealed its new generation of the D-segment SUV Koleos in 2016 in China.
In keeping with the Renault design strategy introduced by Laurens van den Acker, the new Koleos is covered by a so-called design pillar “EXPLORE”, which stands for robustness and a taste for adventure.
The new Koleos increased in size compared to the previous generation, reaching 4.67m in length (183.8 in) ,leaving more room for the five passengers inside. From the LED headlights (depending on versions) there are strips that run along the wings to visually lengthen the front end and induce an impression of dynamism.
Inside, the driver has a TFT 7” instrument cluster plus the the new R-Link 2 with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, which can be ordered either as a 7” landscape mode or a 8.7 inch portrait. The whole interior lightning uses LED technology. For long trips or weekly supplies, Renault made a 542 liters (19.1 cu-ft) trunk, which can be extended up to 1690 liters (59.6 cu-ft). Last but not least, the new Koleos’ cabin is particularly bright thanks to a large, opening glass sun roof 0.80 sq-m (8.6 sq-ft) in size, which extends over the rear seats.
The car’s powertrains have been developed within the Alliance and, depending on the market, the model is available with either gasoline or diesel engines, with power outputs ranging from 130 to 175 hp. The transmissions available are either 6-speed manual or an X-Tronic CVT.
Renault introduced the Koleos in 2010 as its first SUV built together with Samsung Motors and introduced a facelift for it in 2013.
The French carmaker chose the Buenos Aires Motor Show to unveil the facelifted version of its SUV, the Koleos. It was built together with its Korean partner, Samsung Motors, and updated with technological items and up to date design cues that fit Renault’s style.
The facelifted Koleos incorporated the French carmaker’s new design elements on its street vehicles, such as the Laguna-inspired headlights. Its grille looked wider and sported chromed horizontal slats that supported the bigger rhomboidal Renault badge at the front. In the rear, the taillights were identical to those installed on the first, non-facelifted, Koleos.
Inside, the designers’ team went wild with plenty of modifications, which started from the infotainment system and ending with the seats. An R-Link unit took center stage of the dashboard and brought together more controls for the climate control and the audio system. Renault installed a new safety system, named Blind Spot Warning, which helped the driver while overtaking and provided a visual alert when another vehicle was in the blind spot.
Under the hood, Renault offered a small choice of diesel and gasoline engines, paired to either a manual or an automatic (CVT) gearbox.
The Renault Koleos returned in 2011 with a revised styling, more fuel-efficient engines and a range structure in France which offers a truly first class equipment package for its price.
The latest version features the same strengths that were acclaimed at the time of the original’s launch, namely comfort, a modular interior and ease of familiarization. Styling changes include a new front end incorporating a chrome grille which emphasizes the crossover’s dynamism and elegance. The cabin has been revised, too, to provide an even more modern feel. Underneath the hood, the two diesel engines (150 and 175hp) return significantly lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, and versions with the dCi 150 engine (148g/km) no longer qualify for the French state’s “eco-surcharge”. Standard equipment for the new Renault Koleos includes parking sensors, keyless entry, automatic dual-zone climate control, connected Carminat TomTom® Live navigation, an electronic parking brake, alloy wheels and Bluetooth® hands-free telephony. Six colors are available: Glacier White (non-metallic), plus Perlé White, Métallique Black, Mars Grey, Argent Grey and Minéral Beige metallic finishes.
Renault Koleos is a new car model launched by the French manufacturer Renault in 2008, being entirely based on a car concept unveiled at the 2006 edition of the Paris Auto Show.
In fact, the first concept came out in 2000 at the Geneva Car Show but the production model only arrived in 2008. More important, the car was entirely designed by Renault, developed by Nissan but manufactured by Renault Samsung Motors in Busan, South Korea. The car comes with a choice of two engines, a 2.0-liter dCI and a 2.5-liter, developing 150 and 170 horsepower respectively. The Koleos only has a 6-speed manual transmission with no automatic option yet.