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The all-new 2016 Renault Koleos is set to go on sale Down Under very soon, with official prices for the five-seat SUV now revealed. As we’ve previously reported, Australia will be the first to sell the Koleos globally, with a Malaysian debut set for September this year.

The entry-level Koleos variant for the Australian market will be the Life 4×2, which is priced at AUD$29,990 (RM91,489). Among the standard equipment fitted here include cloth upholstery, automatic dual-zone climate control, automatic headlamps, R-Link 2 infotainment system with a 7.0-inch touchscreen, rearview camera, rear parking sensors and Hill Start Assist

Moving forward is the Zen variant, which comes in both 4×2 and 4×4 powertrains. The former retails at AUD$33,990 (RM103,799), while the latter can be had for AUD$36,49 (RM111,435). The mid-spec variant adds on features such as an electronic parking brake, power driver’s seat, navigation capabilities to the R-Link 2 system and leather upholstery and replaces the Life’s 17-inch wheels with 18-inch ones.

The range-topping Intens variant is available only as a 4×4, and has a sticker price of AUD$43,490 (RM132,812). As you’d expect, the Intens gets all the goodies – Pure Vision LED headlamps, larger 8.7-inch touchscreen for the R-Link 2 system, Bose 12-speaker sound system, electric panoramic sunroof, hands-free power tailgate and a host of safety kit (Forward Collision Warning, Advanced Emergency Braking System, Lane Departure Warning and Blind Spot Warning.

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The entire Australian-market Koleos range is powered by a 2.5 litre four-cylinder petrol engine – essentially the QR25DE-k2 seen in the T32 X-Trail. The mill provides 169 hp and 226 Nm on the Koleos, and is mated to an X-tronic CVT automatic transmission. This will be the powertrain Malaysians get, although it remains to be seen if the 4×2 or 4×4 option (or both) will be offered.

The second-generation Koleos rides on the same platform as the X-Trail – the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s Common Module Platform (CMF-CD), which also underpins the new Espace, Talisman, Kadjar, Scenic. For right-hand drive markets, the Koleos is built in Busan, South Korea, whereas left-hand drive models originate from China.

Closer to home, order books for the new Koleos will open in August, although no prices have been indicated to us yet. Nonetheless, will you be looking forward to the arrival of the Koleos, and what equipment would you expect to be available on it? More importantly, how much are you willing to pay for one?