Renault’s Koleos Concept makes its Australian debut at the 2008 Melbourne International Motorshow as a pre-cursor to the launch of the full production version in October.
The Koleos Concept car asserts its claim to the rugged and sporty world of 4WDs while featuring the comfort and dynamics of a premium passenger car. It boasts a wide range of practical functions for both everyday use and leisure. To ensure maximum off- and on-road comfort, Koleos Concept is built on a sophisticated all-wheel drive chassis and is powered by a 2.0 dCi engine, both of which have been developed within the framework of the Renault-Nissan Alliance.
The Koleos Concept asserts itself as a seriously all-terrain vehicle with a design that blends ruggedness with sports appeal and elegance. It also boasts a wide range of practical functions both for everyday use and leisure, while its cabin offers top level comfort and space.
Penned by Renault designers working in collaboration with the Renault Samsung Motors Design Centre in Korea, its expressive, sporty lines speak of the desire to get away from it all. Its flowing lines have a sophisticated appeal, while the grey-blue body colour emphasises a high-tech execution.A 4WD With Dynamic Lines
Technology And Traveling Comfort
The aluminium door sill extensions, which deploy when the doors are open, facilitate ingress. On settling into the cabin, occupants discover a sporty interior, all in a two-tone colour scheme. The four independent seats, upholstered in beige leather, have been optimised to free up space for occupants and their luggage. On the dashboard, the speedometer features LED backlighting. The centre console is made from a transparent material and contains the individual controls for the climate control system. A long list of equipment is included to enhance traveling comfort. The central part of the dashboard is given over to the navigation system, multimedia applications and specific data useful for all-terrain motoring such as atmospheric pressure, compass bearings, altitude and gradient. All this information is displayed so that all the cabin occupants can read it easily. Controls are both intuitive and ergonomically designed – in keeping with the Touch Design philosophy developed by Renault.
A Vehicle That Is Ready For Wide-Open Spaces
Koleos Concept offers a full range of practical features for everyday and leisure use. The split-opening tailgate makes the vehicle easy to load and easy to access in cramped parking spaces.
The lower part of the hatch is designed to enable two people to sit comfortably for picnics or for open-air activities during holidays or weekend excursions.
The chassis comes with all the features of an all-terrain vehicle. Developed within the framework of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, the chassis has drawn on the all-wheel drive expertise of our Japanese partner. Whether running in two-wheel or four-wheel drive mode, it guarantees flawless traction and roadholding thanks to an electronically controlled active coupler which distributes torque to the wheels as a function of the level of grip available.
Koleos Concept also boasts a wide range of driver aids. Some are designed for day to day motoring, like ABS, Emergency Brake Assist and ESP, while others are valuable all-terrain functions such as Hill Down Control (HDC) and Hill Start Assist (HSA).
Koleos Concept is powered by an engine which is just at home on city streets, highways and motorways as it is over rough tracks. Its 2.0 dCi engine employs state-of-the-art diesel engine technology including piezoelectric injectors, common rail injection and a variable geometry turbocharger. It drives through a six-speed manual gearbox that gives Koleos Concept touring car level driving pleasure.Koleos Concept – Technical Characteristics
Overall length - 4,520mm
Width (excluding exterior mirrors) - 1,890mm
Height - 1,700mm
Four-cylinder 2.0-litre 16-valve turbocharged diesel engine with particulate filter, Euro4- compliant
Maximum power - 130kW/180hp
Six-speed manual gearbox
Four-wheel drive, transversely-positioned front-mounted engine
Electronic traction control as a function of available grip
(front/rear split from 0 to 100 per cent)
Wheels and Tyres
Wheels – 19”
Tyres - Hankook 255/50 R19
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