Mark Jones
Road Test Editor
3 minute read
6 Oct 2016
9:50 am

More to come from Renault

Mark Jones

New models honour the company’s ethos of reinventing the way cars are used.

Reault Kwid 

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As an innovator since 1898, Renault has constantly sought to pioneer new ideas, question conventional thinking and reinvent the way we use cars. Hence the brand will be introducing the Kwid into the local market by the end of the year.

This newcomer features SUV styling and construction, combining generous cabin space with unprecedented features for its segment, while its compact footprint makes it versatile.

The Kwid will combine the comfort and functional user-friendliness of a family city car with a modular interior and a raft of stowage solutions. At 3.68m long and 1.58m wide, the Kwid is ideal for zipping about in urban traffic, while its high-up driving position provides greater visibility.

The Kwid’s interior carries over the same confidence-inspiring styling as the exterior. The horizontal lines of the dashboard convey an impression of width and feature the cues associated with higher-end segments.

The digital instruments and chrome air vent surrounds create a modern, high-quality feel. The dashboard also harmoniously houses the centrally-positioned multimedia system. Designed by Renault Design India, the interior trim is said to be reassuring and status-enhancing.

Renault Koleos 

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While Renault SA, at this stage, won’t be bringing the likes of Scenic, Grand Scenic, Talisman, Talisman Estate and Megane Estate, they are considering the new Koleos for the second half of 2017.

The new Koleos delivers a blend of robust SUV cues and the refinement and features associated with large sedan cars. Conceived and meticulously thought through to meet the demands of exacting customers on every continent, the new Koleos is destined for a global audience.

An elevated driving position offers excellent visibility. Compared to a traditional sedan, the new Koleos’s driving position is 150mm higher, a reassuring feature highly prized by SUV buyers.

The tall, wide dashboard is intended to give driver and passenger a sense of safety and protection. Hand grips on either side of the centre console echo the world of offroad motoring, while imbuing the interior with a sporty feel.

The new Koleos’s ALL MODE 4×4-i technology has already proven its capability in millions of vehicles around the world, and this all-wheel drive system is extremely easy to use, thanks to a switch on the dashboard that offers a choice between the 2WD (front-wheel drive) and 4WD Auto modes.

The latter automatically splits the torque between the front and rear wheels. At slow speeds in low-grip conditions, a third mode called 4WD Lock allows you to select permanent all-wheel drive.

The car’s powertrains have also been developed within the Renault/Nissan Alliance, and depending on the market, the new Koleos will be available with a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines with power outputs ranging from 96-to-127kW, mated to either a six-speed manual gearbox or X-Tronic automatic transmission.

Renault Alaskan 

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The Renault Alaskan, which is a one-tonne bakkie, was also shown at The Paris Motor Show, and if the guys at Renault SA can get their way, it will be here in around 18 months time.

Renault has global ambitions for the Alaskan in the bakkie market. This market accounts for five million units worldwide annually: more than one-third of the world’s Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) sales.

Building on its position as Europe’s number one LCV brand for 18 years, as well as on its strong footings in South America and Africa, Renault is shifting up a gear with the Alaskan, which has been launched in Colombia.

The Alaskan is said to be both robust and comfortable, thanks to a cutting edge five-link rear suspension (on top range models) and a tough, fully boxed frame. It also combines outstanding offroad ability and best-in-class fuel economy with the Renault 2.3-litre dCi engine.

We should see 4×2 and 4×4 models fitted with manual and automatic transmissions, and a 2.5-litre petrol version being offered along with single cab, king cab and double cab derivatives. Renault also provides a wide range of services, tailor-made conversions and accessories.