Chennai based IAB lover Raghothama Rao snapped the new Renault Koleos testing in the city. Readers were informed about the Koleos being testing around the Oragadam plant back in the first week of May. Two weeks back we were the first blog in the world to air images of the Koleos facelift from Renault' press conference in New Delhi and today with Ragho's images, we've completed the formality of showing you the same car on Indian soil.
Renault will launch the Koleos in October for a price of over 20 lakh rupees. Like the Fluence, Renault wants to offer more for less (compared to rivals). Under the new skin, a 2.0-liter diesel engine producing around 150 bhp will be mated to a 6 speed automatic transmission.
A Nissan-developed all-wheel drive will allow it to handle poorly laid and slippery roads, but don't expect extreme off-roading capability or a short ratio box.
Sources in Renault tell us that Koleos will have plenty of electronic gadgetry and safety is taken with utmost seriousness. The CR-V beater should be loaded with ESP, emergency brake assist, programmed structural deformation, six airbags, Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control. The sunroof and split-opening tailgate will enhance comfort and usability.
New Renault Koleos Image Gallery
Renault India is following a top-down strategy with the Fluence and Koleos letting them build a new image followed by there sub-10 lakh rupee products in 2012.