The Renault Koleos: a distinct Renault design for the brand’s all new SUV

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The Renault Koleos, arriving soon in Malaysia is set to complete the styling rennaissance of the Renault range with a powerful and athletic exterior design, as well as a protective interior – which delivers the look, quality and features of an SUV.

In line with Renault’s design strategy introduced by Laurens van den Acker, Senior Vice President of their Corporate Design division, the all-new Koleos is imbued with EXPLORE, a design pillar which stands for robustness and a taste for adventure. It was in the pursuit of these qualities that inspired Renault’s designers to mould the Koleos with taut, powerful and muscular lines with classic SUV design cues such as door protective mouldings, large-diameter wheels and aluminium roof bars.

The styling similarities of the Koleos and the Talisman, Renault’s large family saloon is apparent, as both vehicles were designed in parallel. As a result, the Koleos is instantly recognisable as a top of the range Renault with the front end design that incorporates a prominent Renault logo set at the center of a broad chrome grille.

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Possessing high ground clearance of 210mm and an approach and departure angle of 19 and 26 degrees respectively, the Koleos ensures a go-anywhere ability. The body colors of Universal White, Grey Metallic, Black Metallic and Meissen Blue were specifically selected along with the 18 inch Argonaute alloy wheels create an aura of elegance.

“All-new Koleos completes the styling renaissance of the Renault range that began with the new Clio in 2012. As a designer, the challenge was to imagine an SUV that was not only elegant, but also modern and dynamic. To achieve this, we didn’t seek to dilute the traits that are traditionally associated with SUVs.

Instead, we accentuated the segment’s familiar cues thanks to taut, powerful, horizontal lines, muscular haunches and high ground clearance. As a result, New Koleos exudes an inner strength. It is every inch an SUV and every inch a Renault.” says Laurens van den Acker.

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The SUV genes are also similarly prominent inside the cabin. Step into the Koleos and the passenger is quickly reminded of its comfort, quality and strength. The elegant, protective interior plays in perfect harmony with the model’s exterior lines, along with an elevated driving position which offers excellent visibility. The tall wide dashboard is designed with intent to give the driver and passenger a sense of safety and protection, and hand grips are located on both sides of the center console evoke a world of off-road motoring.

The 2,705mm wheel base, for a total length of 4,672mm counts amongst the longest in its class and allows the Koleos to boast a record breaking interior space for a D-segment SUV.

TCEC Euro Cars, being the sole franchise holder of Renault cars in Malaysia has opened the books for pre-booking with an official launch slated on September. The introductory price for the all-new Renault Koleos is RM172,800 in Peninsular Malaysia and RM116,800 in Langkawi (on-the-road inclusive of GST, without insurance and for private registration).

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