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Renault's new 4x4 Crossover Koleos (07/05/2008)

Renault’s longstanding MPV experience combined with the 4x4 technology already proven on existing Alliance models, ensures that its all-new 4x4 crossover, Koleos, benefits from a rich heritage of expertise.

Koleos is Renault’s first-ever entry into the growing crossover segment, boasting MPV levels of comfort and interior space combined with robust exterior styling and genuine off-road ability. Its practicality is evident in its split-opening tailgate, 70 litres of stowage space and impressive boot volume of up to 1,380 litres with the rear seats folded. Off-road, Koleos excels with innovative features such as Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control system, the ‘all mode 4x4i’ system developed by Nissan for the X-Trail (which shares the same platform with Koleos), and approach and departure angles of 27 and 31 degrees respectively.

As well as the four-wheel drive, Koleos will also be available in permanent two-wheel drive form appealing to those who enjoy its distinctive, crossover looks and spacious MPV-like versatility complete with high visibility driving position, but have no need to use the vehicle off-road.

Performance engines and value for money prices

Renault Koleos is offered with a choice of two diesel 2.0-litre Alliance engines, the dCi 150 and the dCi 175. Unusually for a 4x4 crossover, Koleos is available with six-speed gearbox and in manual or automatic transmission.

Prices start from £17,995 for the Koleos Dynamique dCi 150 4x2 manual, rising to £24, 695 for the Privilège dCi 175 4x4 manual.

CO² emissions for Koleos range between 191 and 221 g/km, with Koleos versions falling into Band F for CO² emissions.

Koleos beats the competition

Renault may be a newcomer to the 4x4 crossover segment, but it already beats some of its closest competitors in a number of areas including price, standard equipment, boot space, approach/ departure angle and warranty.

Expected best-seller, Koleos Dynamique S dCi 150 4x4 is priced at £20,495 - £1,295 cheaper than the equivalent Honda CR-V SE and £1,275 less than the Tiguan SE. Koleos Dynamique dCi 150 4x4 beats Ford’s Kuga Zetec on price coming in at £18,995 compared to Kuga’s £20,495 - £1,500 more than the Renault.

Koleos’ standard equipment list is also impressive, especially compared to its rivals who can only offer features that are standard on Koleos, such as fog lamps and enhanced comfort features you’d expect on a 4x4 such as cruise control, as options.

Renault’s continual improvements in the quality and durability of its products are further enforced with Koleos’ three-year, 100,000 miles warranty offering complete peace of mind. Some competitors just can’t match Renault Koleos in terms of warranty with the VW Tiguan, Ford Kuga, Toyota RAV4 available with three-year, 60,000 miles warranty and the Honda CR-V offering three-year, 90,000 miles.

The approach and departure angle, at 27˚ and 31˚ respectively, offered by Koleos is amongst the best available on the market and substantially better than some competitors, positioning Koleos as one of the most versatile, stylish and practical vehicles in its segment. Ford Kuga’s approach and departure angle is 21˚ and 25˚ respectively, whilst VW Tiguan offers 18˚ and 25˚.

Koleos – on sale from 4th July

Renault’s new 4x4 crossover Koleos will be on sale in the UK on 4th July priced from £17,995 (for the two-wheel drive version) rising to £24,695, available in two diesel engines and in two or four-wheel drive form.


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