New Renault Koloes facelift revealed

The Renault Koleos facelift for 2011 brings with it a new label – Renault now describes the SUV as a ‘crossover’ vehicle.

However, the dimensions and overall design remains the same as the current version, meaning the crossover description is more to do with the steady rise of the word into the mainstream in recent months more than a change of direction for Renault.

The big changes for the new Renault Koleos include a new front end featuring a new, longer grille at the front with chrome highlights and the introduction of LED indicators in the door mirrors.

Other styling changes include a new ‘Cayenne Orange’ body colour and a revamp of the instrument panel including a new speedometer and more modern housing for the dials.

Renault’s pursuit of lower CO2 emissions across its range also makes an appearance with the new Koleos, which now boasts a 150hp or 175hp diesel engines. The less powerful of the two is available in two-wheel drive models and brings CO2 emissions down to 148g/km.

This rises to 166g/km for the more powerful diesel engine, or alternatively, a 170hp petrol engine will be available from launch.

Inside, tweaks to the trim levels means a host of new standard equipment and optional extras for the revamped car.

These include Carminat Tom Tom and Bose sound systems on higher-spec models as well as air conditioning, cruise control and automatic headlights.

The Koleos is available in 2×4 and 4×4 configurations and the latter comes with Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control for trickier off-road terrain.

The new 2012 Renault Koleos will be released later in the year in the UK. Full prices and specification details are expected to be announced closer to launch date.