With a duo of powertrains, an exterior restyle and upgraded interior features Renault has updated the Koleos and given the flagship SUV a new lease of life. It comes in two trims – Iconic and GT-Line – with LED headlights, adaptive cruise, keyless entry, hands-free parking and a reversing camera as standard across the range.
The two new engines are both Blue dCi diesels that’re more powerful and emit lower emissions that the pair they replace. The 1.8-litre unit combines 150bhp and has emissions of 143g/km, with the other option coming in the form of the 2.0-litre 190bhp that emits 150g/km of CO2. Both are tuned with real-world driving in mind, and their full quotas of torque (251 and 280lbf.ft respectively) are delivered down at 1,750 rpm, whilst both come with X-Tronic CVT gearboxes as standard. The smaller of the two engines will be available exclusively with front-wheel drive, whilst the Blue dCi 190 comes with Renualt’s All Mode 4×4-i.
At the front the headlights are now Pure Vision LEDs as standard, whilst the grille has been redesigned and there is new exterior chrome trimming and larger skid plates. The same can be said of the chrome and skid plate at the rear, whilst there is also a larger high-level brake light and 3D effect Edge Light tail lights. New two-tone alloys also join the wardrobe, as does metallic Vintage Red paint.
More soft touch materials feature in the updated interior, with the satin trim inserts also seeing a revision. Rear passengers will be pleased to hear that the rear seats now feature a two stages of reclining on all models. Renault have also added Apple CarPlay as standard on both the seven and 8.7-inch R-LINK 2 touchscreen systems.
Safety features now include pedestrian detection for the Active Emergency Braking System, whilst adaptive cruise control was added to the suite late last year.
Prices for the revitalised Koleos will be detailed in July, but we do know that first orders are expected to be delivered to owners in October.