Although the Renault Koleos arrived in South Africa as recently as February 2019 (exclusively in petrol form), an updated model has now been revealed, complete with new diesel engine options.

The two new oil-burners have been tuned for “greater refinement and even stronger real-world acceleration”, according to the French firm.

The first is a 1,8-litre turbodiesel engine, churning out 110 kW and 340 N.m, and offered in front-wheel-drive guise only. The box-fresh 2,0-litre unit, meanwhile, offers 140 kW and 380 N.m (the latter on tap from just 1 750 r/min), delivered to all four wheels. A continuously variable transmission is standard across the range.

Subtle styling tweaks, meanwhile, include a redesigned grille, new chrome trim and larger skid-plates (front and rear). Round back, you’ll find a larger high-level brakelamp. Fresh two-tone alloy wheels and a new “Vintage Red” metallic paint option have also been added.

Inside, Renault claims to have rolled out “improved soft touch materials” along with revised satin trim inserts. In the rear, two-stage reclining seatbacks are now standard across the range (in Europe, at least).

Renault’s R-Link 2 touchscreen infotainment system gains Apple CarPlay functionality, while a pedestrian detection function for the active emergency braking system has been added.

Renault South Africa told CARmag.co.za the updated Koleos was "not yet in the planning" for a local launch.