2014 Renault Koleos Loaded With New Features

2014 RENAULT KOLEOS 2 2014 Renault Koleos Loaded With New Features

Renault launched its latest Koleos model at the 2013 International Buenos Aires Motor Show. The car oozes style and offers unmatched comfort thereby providing a package that few others can. The car comes in an Ebony Brown colour and is distinguishable from other Renaults by its frontal view itself. The wheels have been re-engineered. Also a chrome lining at the sides adds to the sophistication of the car. To remain coherent with the exterior brownish finish, the car gets a brown upholstery too. The car focuses on safety as much as the entertainment quotient. It introduces a Blind Spot Warning feature in which the driver is warned of a potential collision with a car that lies outside his vision especially in an overtaking scenario. The cabin is robust and serves to insulate the passengers in the event of a collision. Six airbags add to the passive safety mechanism. Torque adjustment takes place automatically if under or over steer is detected. The car uses an anti-lock braking system coupled with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution System. A rear parking assist system helps the driver park his car smoothly. The Hill Descent Control function enables him to maintain control of the car even when he takes it downhill. The Hill Start Assist does the same while going uphill. The in-car multimedia options are a delight.

Renault is the harbinger of innovation and change when it comes to multimedia systems. They were the first to propose steering mounted controls, in-car navigation, GPS and high end display screens inside cars. With the Koleos, they take it one step forward. A 7 inch touchscreen opens the world of unlimited fun on the go. Besides the common features, one can connect to the R Link Store, an app store maintained by Renault which offers country specific applications. The language settings can be changed too with over 26 language packs preloaded in the system. An audio system from the premier acoustics brand Bose completes the experience with seven loudspeakers, an amplifier and a woofer. There are steering mounted controls and a voice recognition system that ensures that the driver never has to take his eyes off the road. Besides the multimedia settings, the touchscreen also conveys information about the car’s system parameters and performance indices. A sunroof has been added to light up the interiors during the day. Most of the finishing is done with chrome or wood, thereby enhancing the elegance of the car. The comfort factor has not been compromised either. There exists a dual climate zone. A lot of storage options have been given with cup holders and glove boxes but the most interesting one is the split tailgate that offers two ways into the boot space depending on the location where the car has been parked. The transmission is automatic with the driver getting a choice of three options – Auto, Lock and 2WD. Initially torque is divided among the four wheels but based on driving conditions, the distribution is altered to deliver the optimum experience. The 4×4 capabilities are thus ideal for driving on any terrain. The only con reported is that the legspace has been compromised in the rear seats. Overall, the nexus between Renault and Nissan has delivered a vehicle worth investing in. It accelerates from 0 to 100 kmph in 12.3 seconds and delivers a top speed of 180 kmph owing to the 2.0 litre, dCi, 1995c, Euro-4 common rail diesel rail powertrain. Thus it packs in power and safety features amply. The looks are arresting, the storage solutions sufficient. It introduces significant changes over its predecessors and is bound to impact the markets.


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