Big plans for Opel in 2020

The Opel brand – distributed in South Africa by Unitrans – is planning to go big in 2020 with three major model range launches.

The planned arrival of the Astra – with its adjusted styling – happens in the second quarter, followed by the Zafira Life andthe Vivaro Cargo panel van in the third quarter; both boasting 2,0-litre turbo-diesel engines to extend the Opel range in the LCV sector. Finally there is the new-generation Corsa that will be hitting the streets during the third and fourth quarters, offering a comprehensive model range to satisfy the B-segment category.

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Opel Astra

 Opel Astra

The Astra’s front grill will now conform to the new Opel design language with its slim, double-wing chrome winglets embracing the brand logo and flowing outwards to the Eco-LED headlamps. Opel’s design philosophy ‘Sculptural Artistry meets German Precision’ is further enhanced by the hood’s signature Opel crease and new fog light design.

Opel Corsa

Opel is going full-speed ahead into the future with Corsa ‘Number 6’ – the latest generation of the small car, which celebrated its world premiere at the 2019 Frankfurt International Motor Show.

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Opel Corsa

Recently, the small car won the title of ‘Best Buy Car of Europe in 2020’. The AUTOBEST jury, made up of international journalists from 31 countries, chose the Opel newcomer as the winner and the award for the new Corsa completes an AUTOBEST hat-trick for Opel, with Corsa generations four and five taking overall victory in 2007 and 2015 respectively. No other model has been named ‘Best Buy Car of Europe’ in three successive generations.

A real highlight is the adaptive glare-free IntelliLux LED matrix light, which Opel also offers for the first time in the small car segment. In addition, there are numerous state-of-the-art driver assistance systems such as Forward Collision Alert with Automatic Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Detection, as well as radar-based Adaptive Speed Control.

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Opel Corsa

With a length of 4,06 metres and reduced weight of 980 kg, the 5-seat Corsa’s handling, clear layout and practicality remain exemplary. The coupé-like roofline is 48 millimetres lower than its predecessor – without any detriment to head space as the driver sits 28 millimetres lower. The low centre of gravity benefits driving performance and handling.

“Aerodynamics is just one area where Opel is increasing the efficiency of its automobiles,” says Managing Director: Engineering, Christian Müller. “Advanced powertrains are the other tools we are using to significantly cut fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. All these technologies are fully embraced by our new Corsa.”

As with all the other newly developed cars, Opel optimised the Corsa’s aerodynamics at the Research Institute of Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Engines in the wind tunnel of the Stuttgart University. The new Corsa’s design includes an active aero shutter, smooth underbody and rear roof spoiler to make the model as clean through the air as possible.

With a reduction in frontal area of 2,13 mversus the previous model, the new Corsa achieves a drag coefficient of 0,29, and the new generation version already meets the future Euro 6d emissions standard.

 Opel Zafira Life

The Zafira Life offers practicality, connectivity, comfort and safety for 9 occupants.

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Opel Zafira Life

“Our new Opel Zafira Life is the ideal family, leisure and business van with space for up to nine occupants. Here, every passenger enjoys comfort – never mind where they sit,” says International Marketing Director: Opel/Vauxhall, Tobias Gubitz.

Especially practical in everyday life, the spacious 2,0-litre turbo-diesel van is less than 1,90 m high and drives easily into normal underground garages – an important feature for use as a hotel shuttle, but also for any user who wants to park hassle-free.

In addition to the highly flexible space and comfort, the Zafira Life scores with numerous technologies that make travelling even more relaxed and safer. The portfolio includes, among others, state-of-the-art driver assistance, infotainment systems and IntelliGrip electronic traction control. This modern technology is combined with the typical Opel-look and attractive proportions with short overhangs. 

 

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Opel Vivaro panelvan

Opel Vivaro Cargo Panel Van

The light commercial vehicle offensive gains traction with the safer, more comfortable and practical third-generation Vivaro 2,0-litre turbo-diesel van, which continues to build its strong reputation as a cargo carrier or ‘office on wheels’, placing it as the perfect partner for professionals in this rapidly growing market for mid-size delivery vans.

Keeping Opel’s momentum, the new, third-generation Vivaro is now safer, more comfortable and more practical than ever, thanks to Opel’s ongoing vision to produce vehicles to suit the various requirements in a competitive industry.

 

Jaguar F-Type revised and boosted

Jaguar designers have sharpened their pencils to come up with a styling revise for the new F-Type and, where the original paid homage to the old E-Type, the new look firmly establishes the ‘F’ with unique looks of its own.

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The range of engines includes four, six and eight-cylinder options, all matched to eight-speed Quickshift transmissions with full manual control using either the SportShift gear selector or the steering wheel-mounted paddles.

The new F-Type also offers more driver-focused technology, including a reconfigurable, high-definition, 12,3-inch TFT instrument cluster, Touch Pro infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard and software-over-the-air functionality so future software updates can be made at the customer’s convenience without having to visit a Retailer. Two Meridian sound systems also offer enhanced sound reproduction.

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Julian Thomson, Design Director, Jaguar, says: “Design the most beautiful sports car, with purity, proportion and presence that is unmistakably Jaguar: that was the challenge we set ourselves. The new F-Type is more dramatic than ever, with even greater clarity of purpose in every line, surface and feature, and embodies true Jaguar design DNA.

“State-of-the-art technologies together with luxurious materials and finishes deliver beauty with purpose in an interior which will delight driver and passenger alike even before the engine starts and the journey begins. Jaguar has been making sports cars for more than 70 years, and that rich heritage has inspired the team to create something truly extraordinary.”

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Super-slim pixel LED headlights (only on Type R versions) with subtly updated signature ‘Calligraphy’ J daytime running lights and sweeping direction indicators, blend into the ‘liquid metal’ surfacing of the new clamshell bonnet, exaggerating the car’s visual width and accentuating its stance. The new front bumper and subtly enlarged grille deliver even more visual impact and presence.

The rear haunches are inspired by the Jaguar I-Pace all-electric Performance SUV, with subtle monogram pattern detailing and a fine ‘pinstripe’ beneath.

The interior combines traditional Jaguar craftsmanship with rich, contemporary materials such as Windsor Leather and satin-finish Noble Chrome. Details include monogram stitch patterns in the seats and door trims, Jaguar Leaper motifs in the headrests, and subtle ‘Jaguar Est.1935’ markings on the centre console finisher, glovebox release button surround, and seatbelt guides.

All engines – 22 1kW turbo-charged four-cylinder, 280 kW supercharged V6 and 423 kW V8 – feature active exhaust systems, which are switchable either as an option or as standard. Customers who choose the 423 kW supercharged V8 benefit from the new Quiet Start function, which ensures a more subtle, refined sound – the electrically-actuated bypass valves in the rear silencer remain closed until they automatically open up under load. If desired, Quiet Start can be over-ridden by selecting Dynamic Mode or by pressing the switchable exhaust button before starting the engine.

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The distinctive crackle and pop on the overrun synonymous with F-Type, remains, the sounds meticulously tuned to suit the range of engines. Highly efficient, close-coupled particulate filters reduce emissions.

“The new F-Type is the definitive Jaguar sports car and continues to set the benchmark for design purity, driver engagement and reward, and a truly visceral driving experience – it makes every journey extraordinary,” says Alan Volkaerts, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar F-Type

“Its timeless looks are more assertive than ever, technologies such as the high-definition virtual instrument cluster deepen the driver-focused feel of the interior, while the range of powertrains offers a breadth of choice unrivalled in the segment. Enthusiasts will appreciate the new F-Type R’s 423 kW supercharged V8, enhanced chassis and intelligent all-wheel drive system, which deliver truly outstanding performance in all conditions while retaining its inherent tractability and usability.”

Raising the output of the all-wheel drive F-Type R’s supercharged V8 to 423 kW and 700 Nm (up from 405 kW and 680 Nm respectively) comes with a comprehensively uprated chassis with new, wider, 20-inch, 10-spoke wheels in Gloss Black with diamond-turned finish and new adaptive dampers, springs, anti-roll bars and stiffer rear knuckles and ball joints.

The F-Type range will be introduced to sub-Sahara Africa next year and will consist of:

F-Type R-Dynamic Coupé and Convertible:

  • 221 kW 2,0-litre four-cylinder; Quickshift RWD

280 kW 3,0-litre V6; Quickshift; RWD

F-Type First Edition Coupé and Convertible:

  • 280 kW 3,0-litre V6; Quickshift; AWD

F-Type R Coupé and Convertible:

  • 423 kW 5,0-litre V8; Quickshift AWD

Tough choice for SA Car of the Year

With 14 vehicles having been selected as finalists in the South African Car of the Year competition, the task of selecting one overall winner is not going to be an easy one and, for the first time in the long history of the event one manufacturer – Toyota – has three nominated finalists.

The cars can also win one of seven categories: Family, Leisure, Lifestyle, Premium Car, Premium SUV, Sport/Performance or Urban.

The most hotly contested category is Leisure, with four finalists: the Peugeot 5008, Toyota RAV4, Citroën C3 Aircross and Volkswagen T-Cross. The Premium SUV category is also well populated, with three finalists: the BMW X5, Jaguar I-PACE and Mercedes-Benz GLE.

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Peugeot 5008

There are two finalists in the Urban and Family categories. The Hyundai Atos and Suzuki Swift Sport are fighting it out for laurels in Urban while the Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla Hatch are going tooth and nail for top honours in the Family category.

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Suzuki Swift Sport

There is one finalist in each of the remaining three categories: the BMW 3 Series is the finalist in the Premium Car category, the Sports/Performance category has the Toyota GR Supra as its finalist and the Ford Ranger Raptor is the sole finalist in the Lifestyle category.

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Toyota Supra

A win in the prestigious 2020 AutoTrader South African Car of the Year competition will be significant for all of the brands involved in the contest. For some of the finalists to win, it would really be one for the history books.

Citroën, for instance, has yet to win South Africa’s most sought-after motoring accolade – and the timing could not be better, given the fact that the French manufacturer has just re-entered the South African market.

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Citroen C3 Aircross

Suzuki did exceptionally well in the 2019 AutoTrader South African Car of the Year, with its Swift and Jimny winning their categories (Urban Compact and Lifestyle Utility respectively). However, it has never notched up an overall win. An electric car and a bakkie have never won the competition either, meaning an I-PACE or Raptor victory will be truly momentous.

According to Vivien Natasen, chairman of the 2020 AutoTrader South African Car of the Year competition and honorary secretary of the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (which organises the competition), there are some really strong contenders in this year’s contest.

“Right now, there is no clear front runner, it anyone’s guess as to which car will win,” he notes.

AutoTrader CEO, George Mienie, reveals members of the public would like to see a win by the Mazda3.

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Mazda CX3

“It triumphed in the consumer vote, where we had hundreds of thousands of votes. The consumer votes act as the 28th Juror in the competition. Mazda’s last win was back in 2008, with the Mazda2 1.5 Individual – so it will be interesting to see if this Japanese company can take top honours,” he comments.

Mienie adds that fellow Japanese automaker, Toyota, has good odds for a possible win.

“Toyota is the only company with three finalists in the 2020 competition,” he points out.

Toyota notched up two overall wins in the 1980s – the Toyota Corolla Twin Cam won in 1986 and the Toyota Corolla GLi Executive took the title in 1989. However, a win has proved elusive for the company since then.

The next step in the 2020 AutoTrader South African Car of the Year journey is the track and road testing of the finalists in March 2020 by 27 of South Africa’s top motoring journalists. The category and overall winners will be announced at an event hosted by AutoTrader in April 2020.

 2020 AutoTrader South African Car of the Year Finalists

BMW 3 Series

BMW X5

Citroën C3 Aircross

Ford Ranger Raptor

Hyundai Atos

Jaguar I-PACE

Mazda3

Mercedes-Benz GLE

Peugeot 5008

Suzuki Swift Sport

Toyota Corolla Hatch

Toyota GR Supra

Toyota RAV4

Volkswagen T-Cross

2020 AutoTrader South African Car of the Year Finalists by Category

 

Family

Mazda3

Toyota Corolla Hatch

Leisure

Citroën C3 Aircross

Peugeot 5008

Toyota RAV4

Volkswagen T-Cross

Lifestyle

Ford Ranger Raptor

Premium Car

BMW 3 Series

Premium SUV

BMW X5

Jaguar I-PACE

Mercedes-Benz GLE

Sports/Performance

Toyota GR Supra

Urban

Hyundai Atos

Suzuki Swift Sport

The gloves are off

Despite all the cost pressures on the buying public, it has been a busy year for auto companies in South Africa with new model activations – and voting by motoring journalists has produced a list of 25 semi-finalists for the SA Guild of Motoring Journalists South African car of the Year competition.

Public voting has also bee included in the scoring and will continue to be counted as the event moves towards the final test day in March next year and the announcement of the winner.

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Audi A1

One of these semi-finalists will win the most sought-after title in the South African automotive industry, that of 2020 AutoTrader South African Car of the Year. These vehicles will also vie for one of seven category wins – namely Family, Leisure, Lifestyle, Premium Car, Premium SUV, Sports/Performance, and Urban.

“The 25 vehicles hail from 16 different car manufacturers, and they include anything and everything from family runabouts to sports cars, and from luxurious sports utility vehicles (SUVs) to bakkies,” says Rubin van Niekerk, chairman of the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ).

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Ford Ranger Raptor

Some of the vehicles on the list have already won major international accolades. The Jaguar I-Pace, for instance, made history when it won an unprecedented three awards – World Car of the Year, World Green Car and World Car Design of the Year – at the 2019 World Car Awards.

The Mazda3 has just been named supreme winner at the 2019 Women’s World Car of the Year awards. It has won the 2019 Thailand Car of the Year and the 2020 China Car of the Year. The Toyota Corolla has just been named a 2020 European Car of the Year finalist.

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Mazda3

Now the semi-finalists have been named, voting for the finalists will commence; for the first time in the competition’s history, consumers will be able to vote alongside motoring experts. A special event in Johannesburg on December 4 will reveal which cars make up the 14 finalists.

This event will be followed by the test days in March 2020, when 27 of South Africa’s top motoring journalists will put the vehicles through their paces. According to Van Niekerk, this is one of the most important components of the competition.

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Hyundai Atos

“In most other competitions in the world, journalists don’t get together and actually drive the vehicles. They simply score them electronically or on paper. We spend two full days evaluating every single aspect of each finalist – from design, technology and engineering to handling, safety and value for money. Then we do the final scoring. Our methodology is both thorough and extremely scientific, and it will yield the most deserving category and overall winners,” he says.

The category and overall winners will be announced at an event in April 2020.

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Mitsubishi Triton

2020 South African Car of the Year semi-finalists

 

Audi A1

Audi Q3

BMW 3 Series

BMW 8 Series

BMW X5

Citroën C3 Aircross

Ford Ranger

Ford Ranger Raptor

Hyundai Atos

Hyundai Santa Fe

Jaguar I-PACE

Kia Sportage

Mahindra XUV300

Mazda3

Mercedes-AMG CLS 53

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan

Mercedes-Benz GLE

Mitsubishi Triton

Peugeot 5008

Subaru Forester

Suzuki Swift Sport

Toyota Corolla Hatch

Toyota RAV4

Toyota Supra

Volkswagen T-Cross

 

More to like about Kwid

Having achieved an overall average fuel consumption of 4,8 l/100 km on the recent WesBank Fuel Economy Tour, the credentials of the Renault Kwid as a fuel-sipper are clearly established and its acceptance in the market with 27 700 cars sold since the 2016 launch is not a trifling number.

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Now comes the revised version that aims to please with significantly more specification to go with the the already standard 8-inch Touchscreen MediaNav with Bluetooth, USB, AUX and MP3 playback. It now gains the added convenience of Reverse Camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, front and rear powered windows, electrical adjustable door mirrors, air-conditioner and remote central locking.

There is increased safety with dual front crash bags, anti-lock brakes and improved road holding thanks to the new 14-inch wheels and revised rear axle.

The New Renault Kwid has a more muscular and tough exterior, SUV styled headlamps with silver streak LED DRL’s and tail lamps with LED light guides.

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Inside, it gains new chrome finishes and new upholstery fabrics along with a new centre fascia and meter cluster with sportier graphics.

The compact 1,0-litre 3-cylinder Smart Control efficiency (SCe) engine powering the Kwid models has been optimised for power and performance and pushes out peak power of 50 kW at 5 500 r/min and maximum torque of 91 Nm at 4 250 r/min and is driven through a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT gearbox.

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The New Renault Kwid model range comes standard with a 1 Year Comprehensive Insurance Cover, a 2 Year Service Plan, and a 5-year/150 000 km mechanical warranty and a 6-year anti-corrosion warranty. Services take place at15 000 km intervals.

RECOMMENDED RETAIL PRICING

NEW Renault Kwid Expression 1.0-litre SCe               R 144 900

NEW Renault Kwid Expression AMT 1.0-litre SCe        R 154 900

NEW Renault Kwid Dynamique 1.0-litre SCe               R 154 900

NEW Renault Kwid Dynamique AMT 1.0-litre SCe       R 164 900

NEW Renault Kwid CLIMBER 1.0-litre SCe                R 164 900

NEW Renault Kwid CLIMBER AMT 1.0-litre SCe          R 174 900

 

Micra gets power boost

Around the ongoing chase for the zero emissions electric autonomous car, perhaps not enough kudos are going to the alliance manufacturers pooling resources and technology to create high output low capacity engines with smaller and smaller carbon footprints.

The newest example to grace local shores is the 84 kW Nissan Micra Turbo born of the Renault-Nissan Alliance in conjunction with Daimler.

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Importantly, costs savings created through these joint ventures mean it is possible within reasonable pricing levels to significantly boost the safety and luxury levels of these cars and the new Micra comes with a state-of-the-art Bose Personal sound system and an array of Nissan Intelligent Mobility (NIM) features.

The updated model comes standard with sport suspension, sport exhaust tail pipe fin, Smart (keyless) entry, push start button, rear parking sensors, automatic folding exterior mirrors, leather steering wheel and shift lever, Intelligent Around View Monitor, Moving Object Detection and blind spot warning.

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The 84 kW Tekna model comes with LED headlights and front fog lights, automatic air-conditioner and automatic headlight level and the Tekna Plus, with ‘Invigorating Red’ interior personalisation, leather heated seats and ‘Enigma Black’ exterior colour.

 The turbo-charged 1,0-litre petrol engine produces 84 kilowatts of power – 18 kilowatts more than its predecessors – and 180 Newton metres of torque.

The new DIG-T (Direct Injection Gasoline – Turbo) engine features a number of technical innovations, which allow it to deliver a spirited performance while maintaining high fuel economy and low CO2 emissions.

One of these innovations is the delta cylinder head – a world first for a 1,0-litre petrol engine – which makes for a more compact and lightweight engine and provides for an increase in available impact protection space and greater freedom in the design of the car’s bonnet.

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Another is the bore spray coating on the cylinders. Developed from the Nissan GT-R, this reduces the friction in the cylinder, improves heat management and combustion, cuts weight and improves fuel economy and CO2 emissions.

The vehicle offers a better driving experience than ever before and boasts improved stability as well as tighter handling, with a 6-speed manual transmission and a dropped suspension.

The flagship versions featuring the 1.0-litre engine have a ride height that is around 10 mm lower and revised suspension tuning to optimise the benefits of that reduction. They also have sharper steering, with a steering rack that is quicker and lighter to use, so the car is noticeably more agile and fun to drive.

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The top-of-the-range digital sound symposium and as the driver, you’ll enjoy a rich, immersive 360-degree soundstage. The Tekna and Tekna Plus models come fully fitted with an exclusive Bose Personal sound system, complete with headrest speakers.

The Bose Personal sound system includes an amplifier under the driver’s seat, wide-range speakers in the front doors, tweeters in the dashboard – which deliver sonic clarity and punch – and two 6 cm UltraNearField speakers in the driver’s headrest.

The headrest speakers are designed to enhance the audio system the sound bias is adjustable, using the infotainment screen.

As with previous versions, the updated model is also compatible with Apple Carplay and Android Auto to make interacting with a phone while driving – smarter and safer. And it comes equipped with Nissan’s patented Nissan Intelligent Mobility (NIM) technology, a suite of advanced technology bringing to life a reimagined driving experience which gives you peace of mind, opens up new experiences and connects you to your world and those around you.

Pricing

  • MICRA 66kW Turbo Visia: R252 800.00
  • MICRA 66kW Turbo Acenta: R279 400.00
  • MICRA 66kW Turbo Acenta Plus: R295 400.00
  • MICRA 84kW Turbo Acenta Plus: R305 900.00
  • MICRA 84kW Turbo Tekna: R326 300.00
  • MICRA 84kW Turbo Tekna Plus: R336 900.00

Road Review – Renault Koleos 2.5 Dynamique AWD

In the family of Renault, the Duster has probably taken more than its fair share of the local limelight, certainly moving attention downstream from the range flagship Koleos – completely revamped earlier this year and tweaked slightly a month ago.

While Koleos, because of its high-end status, is a somewhat more niche market seller, it is still a game player in a highly competitive segment and sometimes overlooked by potential buyers because of the bonnet badge status of some of its competitors.

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The revised Koleos is a carefully strategized product that completes the styling renaissance of the Renault range that began with Clio in 2012.

To quote Laurens van den Acker, Senior Vice President, Corporate Design: “As a designer, the challenge was to imagine an SUV that was not only elegant, but also dynamic and modern. To achieve this, instead of diluting the traits traditionally associated with SUVs, we accentuated the segment’s familiar cues thanks to taut, powerful, horizontal lines, along with muscular haunches and high ground clearance. New Koleos subsequently exudes an inner strength. It is every inch an SUV and every inch a Renault.”

This is evident from the exterior where the front and rear lights replicate the full LED lighting signature, that is now instantly distinguishable as part of the Renault design language.

Furthermore, Koleos packs all the SUV styling codes associated with the segment, including taut lines that combine a rugged stance with head-turning looks, along with side protective mouldings and large-diameter alloy wheels (Up to 18-inch).

In June, there were further product enhancements to the Koleos Dynamique versions, namely the addition of a hands free Power Tailgate and Electronic Parking Brake.

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However, revises to the interior of the Koleos were, perhaps, the most significant of the changes to the new model with due care given to improving seat comfort and improving rear leg room through the use of a scalloped seat back on the front seats.

The Koleos features a satin-finish chrome for the steering wheel inserts, gear lever and air vent surrounds, along with cushion-backed materials for the dashboard and door panels.

There is customisable LED cabin lighting, with a palette of hues ranging from green and blue, to yellow, red or violet, to complement the mood of the driver and / or passengers and the front cup holder can be chilled or heated.

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Vehicle entry is facilitated by the wide aperture of the doors – amongst the widest in New Koleos’s class (front doors: 70 degrees/ rear doors 77 degrees) and the design of the doors protects the sills from soiling and protects passengers clothing from getting dirty when entering or exiting the car.

By having one of the longest wheelbases in its class, (2 710 mm and overall length: 4 670 mm) frees up occupant space so rear passengers get 289 mm of knee room

The 464-litre boot features a removable floor positioned at the same height as the sill to form a flat floor that houses a full size spare wheel. With the 60/40-split rear bench folded total carrying capacity rises to 1 795 litres.

In terms of safety, the Koleos offers six crash bags, Satellite Sensors to detect lateral impact early, G Sensors – 2 on the side, and 1 on the front, Seat Track Position Sensor that controls crash bag deployment by seat track position and a seat belt reminder.

Standard safety features also includes anti-lock brakes with EBD, EBA, ESP and ASR along with cornering fog lights, electrochromic rear-view mirror, blind spot warning and park assist.

The Koleos is powered by a 2,5-litre petrol engine with a power output of 126 kW, 233 Nm of Torque, CO2 emissions of 188 g/100 km and fuel consumption from 8,8 l/100 km.

All well and good so far!

That power and torque are then fed through a CVT gearbox – not my favourite piece of technology and this Renault box did little to change that.

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Despite improvement to the X-Tronic transmission and Renault’s insistence it performs more like a multi-ratio automatic, I still found it unpleasantly ‘whiny’ under acceleration and with a tendency to hunt ratios – although this can be overcome for more spirited or off-road driving through the 7-speed sequential manual mode.

It is extremely capable of the beaten track – not for ‘donga diving’ – but taking those dirt roads less travelled and here, the manual option is a great help for keeping the revs where they needed or being used for engine braking on slippery descents.

On the open road, it is a comfortable cruiser with the long haul in mind – the raised driving position giving a commanding view of the road up ahead.

The ALL MODE 4×4-i transmission permanently monitors grip levels to guarantee optimal traction whatever the conditions and, unlike many competitor models, Koleos continues to feature a control switch that allows drivers to choose the transmission mode.

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In 4WD AUTO mode, sensors permanently monitor both longitudinal and lateral acceleration, as well as steering angles and this information is processed to optimise front/rear torque split (from 100/0 to 50/50) to provide the most efficient grip possible to help eliminate understeer and oversteer.

As is the case across Renault’s entire product range, the Koleos comes standard with a 5-year/150 000 km mechanical warranty; plus a 5-year/ 90 000 km service plan and a 6-year anti-corrosion warranty, with service intervals at 15 000 km.