The refreshed Renault Koleos has arrived in South Africa, with the local range again comprising three variants.
While the facelift revealed overseas in June 2019 included new engines, the SA-spec Koleos soldiers on with an unchanged powertrain. That means the naturally aspirated 2,5-litre petrol engine makes an unchanged 126 kW and 233 N.m, directed either to the front axle or all four wheels via a continuously variable transmission.
The Koleos Expression 2,5 CVT is priced at R424 900, while upgrading to the Dynamique trim level raises the figure to R474 900. The flagship Dynamique 4×4, meanwhile, will cost you R514 900. For the record, metallic paint will add R2 522 to the price, while the base Expression model can be kitted out with leather seats for an additional R12 000.
So, what has the French firm changed? Well, the Koleos gains a “more pronounced” grille featuring extra chrome trim and the foglamps have been redesigned, too. Furthermore, the front bumper has been revised, while also gaining a more prominent skid plate.
Renault says the rear of the Koleos has been tweaked, too, with its skid plate extending higher into the bumper. In addition, the third brake lamp has been altered and new 18-inch alloy wheel designs adopted.
Inside, the Koleos now features satin-chrome inserts on the steering wheel, gear lever and air vents, as well as new materials on the facia and door trim. The R-Link 2 infotainment system, meanwhile, is offered in two model-dependent screen formats (a 7,0-inch horizontal and an 8,7-inch vertical display) compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The USB ports have been relocated under the centre console at the base of the gear lever.
As before, a five-year/150 000 km warranty is included, along with a five-year/90 000 km service plan (with intervals of 15 000 km).