Renault's revised Koleos has a new face, a bunch of new features and a reworked powertrain. Logic, therefore, demands that the new car should be an improved version of itself. We find out
Renault hit pay dirt with their compact SUV, the Duster, in India some time ago. The vehicle flew off the shelves picking up both critical acclaim as well as raking in the moolah for the French manufacturers. Renault, however, have not managed to replicate the same kind of success with their other products, especially their flagship SUV, the Koleos. Although the old Koleos was not a bad product by any margin, it never really got the buyer's spending hand itching. To set things right again, so that they can hear the cash-box ringing even at this end of the price spectrum, Renault have refreshed the Koleos and attempted to give it a fresh lease of life. The 64 million dollar question is: are the changes substantial enough to change the Koleos' fortunes?
To start with, the Koleos, predictably enough, has been given a facelift. With the new face dominated by the Renault rhombus, many would say the Koleos is now a better-looking vehicle. Honestly, we came back with a bag full of mixed emotions when it came to the SUV's styling. Indeed, at certain angles like the front three-fourth or profile the vehicle looks quite handsome and then there are other angles like head-on when it didn't seem as pleasing. Admittedly, though, looks are a matter of opinion and wouldn't really count as genuine criticism. The rear hasn't changed much and that's a good thing because the designers who penned the original lines of the Koleos had got it right the first time itself. Seen rear on, the SUV looks quite nice, especially courtesy that line denoting the split tail-gate.