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Renault's flagship Koleos SUV is to get a host of updates including two new engines and an exterior refresh. That design update is subtle, but adds LED headlights as a standard feature across the range. A more prominent front grille design joins larger skid plates to bolster its off-road image, while more chrome trim is intended to give the Koleos a more premium look.
At the rear, there is a new light design with a three-dimensional effect. A new exterior colour called Vintage Red joins the available choices, as do new two-tone alloy wheels. Unlike many of its rivals that have seven-seat versions, Renault only offers the Koleos as a five-seat model, as the company prefers to focus on its outright comfort for passengers. To that end, the rear seat backs on all models will now gain a two-stage reclining function. Additionally, Renault says that it has made improvements to the quality and feel of the materials inside the cabin.
A new 1.8-litre Blue dCi 150 diesel engine joins the line-up and will be available with a front-wheel-drive transmission. Producing 150hp and 340Nm, Renault claims it has tuned the engine for refinement and real-world acceleration. More importantly for buyers, it should be cheaper to run than before, as the new engine has lower CO2 emissions of 143g/km, putting it into a more affordable motor tax band.
The more powerful 2.0-litre Blue dCi 190 produces 190hp and 380Nm while its CO2 emissions are rated at 150g/km. It will also feature Renault's 4x4-i all-wheel-drive transmission. Both engines will use Renault's X-Tronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) as standard. The Active Emergency Braking System (AEBS) is also getting an update to include pedestrian detection across the range.
Further updates to Renault's R-Link 2 infotainment system will include full-screen functionality for Apple CarPlay on both its 7.0- and 8.7-inch units.
Pricing for the updated version of the Renault Koleos is due to be revealed in July, while the first customer deliveries are due to begin in October.