The 2016 Renault Koleos launched earlier this year is the second model to bear the name. Like its predecessor, the new Koleos shares underpinnings with the concurrent Nissan X-Trail, leveraging on the superior economies-of-scale provided by the Renault-Nissan Alliance.
Despite the common formula, however, the new model notably exhibits aspirations to elevate its position in the market to occupy a more premium standing, evident by its bold styling and advanced equipment, starting from the 7-inch TFT screen that serves as a virtual instrument cluster with four selectable display configurations.
Central to the cabin is the new R-Link 2 infotainment system featuring an 8.7-inch portrait-oriented screen which recognizes the same tactile functions as a modern day smart phone or tablet, namely pinch-zooming, page scrolling, drag and drop, etc.
The display screen itself is highly configurable in both its appearance and function. Drivers can configure four customizable home pages to provide swift access to their most frequently used functions. The display theme can also be varied between five colours and can be alternated between dark-on-light or light-on-dark configuration.
As expected in the price range, the Koleos provides convenient access via a keyless entry system with walkaway auto door lock. If you’re the type that regular forgets about locking the doors of your vehicle, this is one feature to provide great peace of mind.
The Renault Koleos made its global debut this April at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show, with Malaysia being among the first of 80 countries to receive the car. It is priced at RM177,917.72 on-the-road with insurance.
A full review of the 2016 Renault Koleos is coming soon on Carlist.my. Until then, here's a quick teaser video highlighting the features mentioned above: