Renault puts the refreshed Koleos on sale
Avoiding the brouhaha of a glitzy launch, Renault India has quietly slipped in the freshened-up version of the Koleos. And the big news, even bigger than the oversized Renault lozenge up front, is the availability of a manual gearbox, along with the option of two-wheel-drive.The Koleos range now starts with the 4x2 MT. As the name sums it up, this is the 2WD version with a stick shift. While all three variants are powered by the same 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine, the 4x2 MT's motor is the one that misses out on the power hike, so it still makes 148bhp and 320Nm, just like the old car. Power is channeled to the wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox.Next is the 4x4 MT - the six-speed manual 'box-equipped four-wheel-drive version. This variant gets the uprated engine, which now produces 171bhp, and 360Nm of twist. The top-of-the-line 4x4 AT employs the same mill, but the duty of sending the power to the wheels is assigned to a six-speed auto.Talking about features, Renault has given it the new grille, bigger logo, and dual-tone alloys, but has skipped the R-Link touch-operated infotainment system that it gets abroad. The 4x2 loses out on a fair bit of kit - the excellent Bose sound system, Electronic Stability Program, Hill Descent Control, Hill Start Assist, side and curtain airbags, electrically-adjustable driver + front passenger seats and leather upholstery are bits that have been dropped, in order to price the 4x2 at Rs 22.36 lakh.The 4x4 MT and AT trims get all those features that the 4x2 lacks, and unsurprisingly, sport higher price tags. The 4x4 MT costs Rs 25.19 lakh, and the 4x4 AT is yours for Rs 26.24 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom, Mumbai).