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The stunning Rs 23 lakh Renault Koleos is here!

Last updated on: September 9, 2011 09:41 IST

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Renault India on Thursday launched its SUV Koleos, priced at Rs 22.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

The SUV is the company's second vehicle in the Indian market after the sedan 'Fluence', which was launched in May.

"The new Koleos will make its world debut a few days from now at the Frankfurt Motor Show. We are highly optimistic about the product" Renault India managing director Marc Nassif told reporters in New Delhi.

The Koleos is powered by a 2 litre diesel engine and is available in four wheeled drive option with six speed automatic transmission.

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Renault is investing Rs 4,500 crore (Rs 45 billion) with its alliance partner Nissan in Chennai for a manufacturing plant that would have an installed capacity of four lakh units a year.

The Koleos with an elegant and expressive front-end styling, carefully-finished interiors is built on a 4x4 platform with full blooded SUV dynamics which promises to deliver the best in class performance, safety and comfort.

Engine & transmission

Koleos will be available with a 2 litre dci diesel engine with a maximum power output of 150PS@4000rpm and peak torque of 320Nm@2000rpm. It has one of the lowest emission standards in its category.

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Koleos will be available in a 4x4 transmission mode with a six-speed automatic gear box.

The 4x4 variant boasts of real off-road capabilities.

The new Koleos is also equipped with Hill Start Assist, which prevents the vehicle from slipping back on slopes and the Hill Descent Control which automatically holds the vehicle's speed at a maximum of 7kph.

Both are activated on gradients of 10 per cent or more.

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Interiors & space

The power packed Koleos comes equipped with the latest gadgets like parking sensors, hands free entry and ignition and a top-of-the-line Bose sound system which is a first for the Indian market in this segment.

Renault's rich heritage of producing quality and comfortable cars are evident in the Koleos' well laid out, spacious interiors which boasts of an MPV like feel.

Well thought out cabin space ensures that five adults can easily travel in comfort with ample head and leg room.

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Meanwhile, the driver's environment places the accent on visibility and comfort.

The ideal driving position is easy to find thanks to the adjustable seat and the height- and reach adjustable steering column, while the rake of rear seatbacks can also be adjusted.

Traveling comfort is further enhanced by the automatic dual-zone heating and climate control system which incorporates separate vents for the rear seats.

The New Renault Koleos boasts of 70 litres of stowage all around the cabin.

The dashboard includes a cooled, 15-litre glove box, while the cubby in the centre console comes with a removable bin.

Extra space at the front is provided thanks to a drawer beneath the front passenger seat.

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The 'clamshell'-type split-opening tailgate facilitates access to the boot.

The 60/40-split rear seat features Renault's 'easy estate' system which enables it to be folded from the rear in a single operation.

Safety

The active safety credentials of Koleos are founded on the model's chassis design and big brakes.

The 320mm diameter front discs and 292mm rear discs bring the Koleos to a standstill from 100kph in just 41 metres.

In emergency situations, when taking avoidance action or when grip is lost, Renault Koleos drivers can count on ABS with electronic brake force distribution, emergency brake assist and ESC with understeer control.

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Even before the latter kicks in, the all-wheel drive transmission intervenes to adjust the front/rear torque-split as soon as the first signs of oversteer or understeer are detected.

When it comes to passive safety, Renault Koleos benefits from the brand's years of extensive research into real-life accidents.

The chassis has been engineered to incorporate programmed front and rear crumple zones, while the cabin's structure serves as a protective cell in the case of an accident.

The new Renault Koleos is equipped with an array of occupant protection features, including six airbags, load limiters for the front and outer rear seat belts, front seat belt pre- tensioners.

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In case of an impact from behind, Renault Koleos' seats and head rests guarantee an extremely high level of protection against whiplash.

The Koleos is an all new Renault design and is being manufactured at its manufacturing facility in Oragadam, 35 Km outside Chennai and will be available immediately at all Renault dealerships across the country.

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To further lay emphasis on the after sales the company is offering its customer  the 'Renault Complete Care' service package which is a globally benchmarked offering and provides customers with a host of best-in-class facilities which includes a 4 years/80,000Km warranty, labour free service at 2,000, 10,000 and 20,000Km with 24/7 Roadside Assistance through a dedicated call centre.

The cars would be serviced by COTECH technicians who have been specially trained at the Renault facility in France.


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