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Renault invited Anamit Sen to sample the Renault Koleos on a drive from Bangalore

Renault invited Anamit Sen to sample the Renault Koleos on a drive from Bangalore to Kabini near Coorg and he seized the opportunity.

The Kabini river snakes through a section of Karnataka, notably the Nagarhole National Park. It also serves as the boundary to another national park, Bandipur. This means Kabini is right in the heart of nature, the largest contiguous forest cover in the area and has a plethora of flora and fauna.

In fact, Kabini is reputed to have the largest congregation of Asiatic elephants. About 225km from Bangalore and a somewhat lesser distance from Mysore and Srirangapatna is the Orchard County Kabini River Resort and getting to it from the highway means negotiating about 20km of almost non-existent road through a dense forest, made worse thanks to rain in recent times.

The resort itself is inspired by local Kuruba tribal village and one can indulge in a lot of outdoor activity like visiting the tribal village, guided bird watching, interaction with elephants, go on a boat safari or even have a coracle ride on the Kabini river. Unfortunately, while I did explore the resort briefly in the morning I didn’t get a chance to indulge in any of the activities because I was on a flying or should I say driving, visit.

Renault, having just launched the Koleos SUV/crossover in India, had invited a large group of automotive journalists to sample the Koleos by driving to Kabini and back and I was part of the group. The Koleos is the second of the six vehicles Renault will be launching over 2011-2012, the first being the Fluence of course.

The Koleos harks back to Korea actually, from Renault Samsung Motors in Busan, South Korea but it has benefited thanks to inputs from across the Alliance. While the design and concept is by Renault, it benefits from Nissan technologies like the transmission for example. The Koleos made its début globally in 2008 and is currently sold across five continents but what has been launched in India is a face lifted, fresh Koleos.

That also means that the Koleos is packed to the gills with features.

The front end of Koleos is dominated by the chrome grille which sits between slim headlights. Viewed from the side, the roof slopes back to the rear noticeably but the slope actually starts behind where the rear passenger’s heads would be so headroom has not been compromised. The side view also looks rather clean with the high ground clearance, big wheel arches and the sporty wheels.

Globally, the Renault Koleos is available with the 170hp (TR25) petrol engine as well as both 150hp and 175hp versions of the M9R diesel engine but for India, Renault has chosen to go with one variant only, the 150bhp 2-litre dci diesel engine (M9R) developing a maximum power output of 150PS@4000rpm and peak torque of 320Nm@2000rpm, mated to an automatic transmission resulting in what Renault calls intelligent four wheel drive. There is a six-speed manual gearbox available globally too but Renault has no plans of introducing it in India at the moment.

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