The first images of the face-lifted version of the Renault Koleos are out ahead of its official unveiling which was earlier planned for the Frankfurt auto show later this year.
The new SUV gets redesigned front end as the design team has dropped the vertical split grille of the earlier model for a more conventional package with headlights that resemble that on the Latitude sedan. Mirrors now get integrated LED turn-signals. Renault has also improved the interior of the SUV and now offers more toys including hands-free entry and ignition, electronic parking brake, automatic headlights and wipers and Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control systems on the 4×4 version of the Koleos.
Renault has released a list of diesel engine options for the Koleos ranging from 150 bhp to 175 bhp. A 170 bhp petrol engine also makes the cut but in India, we could get the 150 bhp oil burner from the Nissan X-Trail. The main competition for the Koleos would come from the Chevrolet Captiva and the Mitsubushi Outlander both of which offer seating for seven unlike the Koleos which offers room for five.
We expect Renault to price the Koleos around Rs 18 lakh.
Renault is also coming up with the Duster SUV which could be priced under Rs 10 lakh.