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Renault's fresh Koleos SA-bound

2013-06-20 13:42

COMING SOON: Renault has unveiled its new Koleos at the 2013 Buenos Aires auto show. The fresh SUV will land in SA in October 2013. Image: Renault France

The next Renault Koleos has made its debut at the sixth Buenos Aires auto show - and it’s en route to SA.

Renault South Africa says the new model will be here in October 2013.

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The SUV has a new front, two-tone rims, chromed finishes on the side protective strips and a new brown body colour. Brown? Anyway, inside there are new trim options, including brown (brown!)  leather upholstery.

The new bumper and chromed grille incorporates a large Renault logo at its centre; door mirror-housings come with diode turn indicators but the split-opening tail doors are the saame.

NEW TECHNOLOGY

New technology includes a Renault R-Link multimedia system with an 18cm touchscreen. System functions include TomTom satnav, radio, Bluetooth and audio streaming. It also displays services associated with the vehicle’s systems and access to the R-Link Store. R-Link can be controlled using either the touchscreen display or the joystick that's next to the gear-shifter.

Blind spot warning is new with a flashing light whenever a vehicle is detected alongside. Other features include a reversing camera and rear parking sensors, clutch-control assistance, gradient descent control and a Bose audio system.

The cabin has comfort treats such as a chilled glove box, a removable stowage bin and cup holders, electronic parking brake, automatic headlights and windscreen wipers and cruise control.

Safety gear includes six air bags, antilock brakes, emergency brake-pressure, electronic stability control and understeer control, although the all-wheel drive system is programmed to take corrective action by adjusting the front/rear torque split should over- or understeer be detected.

Customers can order the car in either two or all-wheel drive. Its off-road ability in 4x4 guise can be used in one of three modes: auto, lock or 2WD.

No prices yet, says Renault.
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