Quick guide to Renault Koleos, set to launch September 8

Renault India will launch the Koleos, 5-seater, premium SUV on September 8th.  A few days ago, CarToq reported that Renault had put up updates of the upcoming Koleos SUV on its official website. There are also speculations that trial production of the Koleos has already begun at the company’s plant in Chennai.

CarToq spoke to a dealer, who confirmed that the Koleos would be launched this month, but stated that dealers have not started accepting bookings yet. As the launch approaches we decided to put together a quick guide to discuss what the Koleos will offer our palettes.

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Photo: Renault Koleos 2012

The first generation Koleos was designed by Renault and developed by its Japanese partner Nissan and launched in 2008 in global market. There were expectations that the same SUV will reach Indian shores. But Renault gave a facelift to the Koleos this year.

What Koleos offers Indian customers

The India-bound Koleos will be the face-lifted version and will be manufactured in the Renault-Nissan alliance plant located near Chennai. The Koleos has more than enough muscular lines to attract an Indian buyer looking for a Rs. 20 lakh SUV. However some may get turned off by the fact that it is only a 5-seater. Let’s quickly see if the Koleos looks the part.

Engine

The Koleos will be powered by a 2-litre diesel engine. There are two versions of this engine, one with a 174 bhp power and the other with a 148 bhp power.

It is not clear as to which engine will be made available for the India-bound Koleos. But we expect that the 174 bhp version makes sense because other SUVs such as Toyota Fortuner and Hyundai Santa Fe have engines that produce 168.6 bhp and 194.3 bhp respectively.

To justify the ‘SUV’ tag, the Koleos will have a Nissan-developed all-wheel drive transmission. The 4×4 system will likely be assisted by Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control.

Muscular exterior

The Koleos’ elegant chrome grille, slim headlamps and smartly integrated fog lights lend it a dignified character.

In profile the Koleos shows its robust nature with a high ground clearance, prominent wheel arches and big set of wheels. The steeply raked rear windows and distinctive taillights offer a dose of uniqueness to this French vehicle.

Plush interior

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Photo: Renault Koleos 2012 Interior

On the inside we expect up-market upholstery that will be soft and comfortable. The front occupants will have ample head room and leg room as well as a commanding view of the road upfront. The rear passengers too will get sufficient space.

The 450 litres of luggage space must be sufficient to carry bags for weekend trips, while the foldable rear seats will allow you to extend the space even further (1,380 litres). One of the unique features of the Koleos is its split-opening tailgate.

Features

Being a premium SUV, we expect the Koleos to be loaded with keyless entry, start-stop button, automatic headlights, automatic wipers, dual-zone climate control, Bose audio system, cruise control and speed limiter.

With regard to safety, Koleos is expected to be equipped with ABS, EBD, ESP (Electronic Stability Program), seat belt pretensioners, emergency brake assist, programmed structural deformation and six airbags.

Renault it seems is hoping that the top-down product portfolio will help in building brand reputation among Indian car buyers, but the brand also needs to ensure that it widens its service and sales network. Do you think the Koleos will be popular in India? Share your views.

(Photo courtesy: netcarshow.com)