Renault India will launch the Koleos facelift sometime next year. According to Autocar, the SUV will be available with a cheaper 2WD variant and and manual transmission.
The entry level Koleos will be available with a 2.0 liter diesel engine and a 4×2 setup. This engine will have a max output of 148 bhp and 32.6 kgm of peak torque and will be mated to a 6 speed manual transmission. This will be front wheel drive vehicle. Automatic transmission will not be available for the 2WD version.
The 4WD Koleos will receive an upgraded 2.0 liter diesel engine, which develops 171 bhp of max power and 36.7 kgm of peak torque. The same engine will be available with a 6 speed manual or 6 speed automatic transmission option.
In a bid to reduce prices further, Renault has started local assembly of this 2.0-liter (171 bhp version) M9R engine at its manufacturing plant in Tamil Nadu.
The 2WD variant will miss out on features like ESP, hill start and descent controls. While the 4WD will be offered with 6 airbags, the 2WD will get only 2 airbags. Even the eight speaker BOSE audio system, highlighted by various badges on the car, will be absent in the 2WD variant. Instead, it will get a six speaker Arkamys sound system.
The missing goodies will ensure Renault to price the 2WD variant cheaper than the 4WD by a substantial margin. We can just wait and watch until Renault launches the facelifted car officially in India. ( Click here to check out the upcoming car launches in 2014)
Stay tuned to Motoroids for more dope on the 2014 Renault Koleos Facelift.