Renault Koleos revamp for 2019


07 June 2019

RENAULT is to revamp its best-selling Koleos mid-range SUV model in a few months, with a surprising vote of confidence for diesel power.

The go-it-alone French car company, which has just opted out of a collaboration with Chrysler, is to add a pair of new oil-burning engines to the range.

The Koleos has been on sale for just a couple of years but has already notched up sales of more than 100,000, largely at the expense of Nissan’s Qashqai, to which it is very similar.

For 2019 the Koleos gets a new appearance inside and out, plus safety, technology and engine enhancements.

There are subtle styling changes to the front and rear to create a more assertive presence on the road, while the distinctive LED headlamps become standard across the range. There is also a more prominent grille, new chrome trim and larger skid plates. Enhancements to the rear of the Koleos mirror those at the front, with a bigger skid plate, extra chrome trim and a bigger high-level brake light that complements the 3D-effect tail lamps. Additionally, there are new two-tone alloy wheels, and a new colour for the paintwork is an eye-catching so-called vintage red metallic.

Inside, the Koleos gains soft touch materials and revised satin trim inserts in a bid to further its premium appeal and raise it above the rival North East-made Qashqai. Rear seat passenger benefit from a two-stage reclining seat back on all versions.

Safety and technology receive a boost with the introduction of a pedestrian detection function for the Active Emergency Braking System. This follows the addition of standard adaptive cruise control late last year.

Renault’s intuitive touch screen infotainment system is improved by the addition of a full screen function Apple CarPlay, which applies to both the seven-inch and 8.7-inch screens.

In its latest guise the Koleos is available in Iconic and GT-Line trim levels, both of which come lavishly equipped. Standard features across the range include LED headlamps, adaptive cruise control, dual zone climate control, keyless entry, ambient interior lighting, hands-free parking and a reversing camera.

There are also two new diesel engines, which offer more performance and lower emissions than the unit they replace. The 1.8-litre 150bhp Blue dCi is offered in front-wheel drive only and emits just 143g/km of CO2, while the larger 2.0-litre 190bhp engine has a CO2 figure of 150g/km.

The smaller engine generates 340Nm of pulling power, whilst the 190bhp version achieves 380Nm.

Renault’s X-Tronic continuously variable transmission is standard across the range, while the Blue dCi 190 is fitted with four wheel drive.

The company says that prices will be announced next month, and currently range from £27,520 to £36,700.