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Official Renault distributor TC Euro Cars has announced that the 2016 Renault Koleos is now open for booking. The new flagship Gallic SUV is expected to go on sale next month as a European alternative to the likes of the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5.

Pricing for the Koleos is RM172,800 on-the-road without insurance, inclusive of a five-year, unlimited-mileage manufacturer’s warranty. Bear in mind, however, that TC Euro Cars tags the figure as introductory, so the price could go up within a few months.

The Koleos is based on the same Renault-Nissan Common Modular Family (CMF-CD) platform as the Nissan X-Trail; unlike the latter, however, the Renault doesn’t get a seven-seat option. Not that you can tell that the Koleos and X-Trail are related just by looking at them, as the Koleos has a completely different look inside and out.

Equipment listed in the announcement includes full-LED headlights with distinctive C-shaped daytime running lights, 18-inch alloy wheels, an R-Link 2 infotainment system with an 8.7-inch portrait-format touchscreen, a seven-inch TFT LCD virtual instrument display, ambient lighting, blind spot warning and six airbags.

Under the bonnet, the Koleos in this SCe 170 variant shares the same drivetrain as the X-Trail 2.5L, so a 2.5 litre QR25DE naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine sends 171 PS and 226 Nm through a Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT). Unlike the bigger-engined, all-wheel drive X-Trail, the Koleos is front-wheel drive only.

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