Renault has added a new range topping variant called the Initiale Paris for its Koleos SUV line-up, which gives the car a trim level to compete with the more premium rivals.
The Mazda CX-5 rival prices starting from € 27,500 Dynamique S-shape, while the Signature Nav variants starting from £29,800. But the pair of trim levels are now joined by £36,700 Initiale Paris model, edges the car in the Audi Q5 territory.
The most frugal and the most affordable Koleos uses a dCi 130 engine, 1.6-liter with six-speed manual transmission and two-wheel drive that gives fuel economy of 57.6 mpg and CO2 emissions of 128 g/km.
The other is the 2.0-litre dCi 175 with a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic X-Tronic and all-wheel drive. This engine produces 280lb ft of torque at 2,000 rpm. When equipped with the X-Tronic gearbox, the dCi 175 Koleos can go from 0-62 mph in 9.5 sec.
Unlike the MéganeRenault does not offer a hybrid model Koleos further down the line.
The Koleos is built on CMF C/D platform shared with the Nissan X-Trail, as well as the larger Renault-Nissan models, including the Renault Espace, Kadjar and the Talisman, and the Nissan Qashqai.
Renault credits the excellent rear-seat knee-room of 289 mm. Boot space is 458 litres with respect to the X-Trail is 550 litres. Overall, the Koleos is 4672mm length with a wheelbase of 2705mm.
Four-wheel-drive models are three driving modes: Auto, Lock and 2WD. They also have ground clearance of 210mm; the same as the X-Trail.
With a kerbweight to 1,650 kg, the Koleos has a towing capacity of 2000kg.
Three trim levels – Dynamique S (Nav) Signature Nav and Intiale Paris are offered. The entry-level Dynamique S Nav includes bi-zone climate control, four USB ports, a DAB radio and sat-nav, as well as 7.0 in-vehicle infotainment touchscreen, Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring and Bluetooth. On the outside, the Koleos gets 18 alloys, heated, folding door mirrors as well as roof bars.
Car in the Signature Nav trim to get 19in alloys, full LED headlights, heated front seats, and a larger, 8.7 in the touchscreen. You also get an automatic opening boot. Options include a Bose sound system (£600) and brown or grey leather interior (£400).
Top Initiale Paris car get, leather, skin, hands, parking, free parking (€350 option on other models) and a panoramic sunroof as standard.
A wide range of driver assistance systems are available in all of the Koleos line-up, including automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, and blind, and distance safety warnings, driver tiredness, detection, and parking assistance.
The new Koleos is in the process of construction at the current Koleos plant in Busan, South Korea, to the Chinese market models that are built in Renault’s plant in Wuhan, China.
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