Koleos isn’t exactly the first-choice SUV but this addition is worth a look
IT’S hard not to sell SUVs at the moment but Renault is trying harder than most.
With slow sales of most of its models, the French brand has expanded its Koleos line-up to include a new top-spec turbo diesel version of the previously petrol-only Privilege 4WD.
The Privilege Diesel starts from $45,490, a less than industry standard premium of $1000 over the petrol model.
It comes standard with a sixspeed automatic to drive the 2.0-litre four-cylinder, for which Renault claims a fuel consumption figure of 7.6L/100km.
Standard features on the flagship Privilege model include a panoramic glass roof, bi-xenon headlights with cornering lights, parking sensors, keyless entry and ignition, satellite navigation, hill start and descent control and 18-inch alloys.
Despite growing demand for two-wheel-drive SUVs, Renault spokeswoman Emily Ambrosy says, there are no plans to expand the diesel range in that direction.
Another version of the Koleos, the Koleos Bose special edition, based on the Dynamique model, gets a Bose Premium seven-speaker (including a sub-woofer) sound system, as well as 17-inch dark alloy wheels. It is available in either frontdrive or 4WDwith 2.5-litre petrol, or4WD with the 2.0 turbo diesel.
The Koleos Bose Special Edition is priced from $34,990 ($500 above the standard model).
Premium oiler: For Renault Koleos diesel it’s4WDor nothing