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Less than two years after the last facelifted model made its way here, the second refresh of the Renault Koleos has just been introduced by TC Euro Cars earlier today.

The big news is the massive price drop to RM185,888 on the road with insurance, down from RM223,810 (without insurance) previously. This is due to the switch from the four-wheel drive setup on the top-spec previous car to front-wheel drive.

The Koleos has only been in for a slight nip and tuck this time around, so changes to the exterior are limited to a new Clio-style nose with a larger diamond logo and a new grille design, redesigned 17-inch alloy wheels and a chrome strip on the lower edges of the doors. Only three colours are available locally for the new car – Pearl White, Mars Grey and the Metallic Black seen here.

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On the inside, the Koleos gains new trim materials as well as Renault’s new R-Link infotainment system. Featuring a seven-inch touchscreen, the new system comes with voice control, navigation, Bluetooth, USB input and auxiliary jack ports A rear-view camera and a blind spot monitoring system has also been added, while the Bose sound system remains standard.

Apart from the aforementioned drivetrain change, the Koleos remains unchanged mechanically, so under the bonnet remains the Nissan TR25 2.5 litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 170 hp and 226 Nm, connected to a CVT with a six-speed shift mode.

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Also unchanged is the safety equipment, so the Koleos retains its six airbags, load limiters for the front and outer rear seat belts, front seat belt pretensioners and Isofix child seat anchorage points on the outer rear seats.

Shown on the cars on display was a panoramic sunroof, which TC Euro Cars said will only be available on the first batch of five units. The specification of the other cars that will be brought in has yet to be determined, but it is expected that the rest of the specification will mirror that of the display cars.

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The local introduction of the new Renault Koleos coincides with the launch of TC Euro Cars’ new showroom in Glenmarie, Shah Alam. The new sales facility is part of TC Euro Cars’ aggressive push to expand its network to better cope with growing demand for Renault vehicles locally, increasing the total amount of branches to ten.

The showroom will only display the Koleos as well as the Renault Megane R.S. Red Bull Racing RB8 for now, but it will also add the Fluence and Clio R.S. to its collection when they get their own local launches soon.