Just a few days after it was introduced, we now bring now a full gallery of the Renault Koleos 2.5L 4WD, which has an estimated retail price of RM201,800. The new Koleos variant is available in five exterior colours – Universal White, Grey Metallic, Black Metallic, Meissen Blue and Marron Red – the last being an option exclusive to Koleos 4WD.

Under the hood, the Koleos 4WD is powered by the same 2.5 litre QR25DE naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine in the Koleos 2WD. Here, it makes 171 PS and 226 Nm of torque (1 PS more), with drive sent to all four corners via an X-Tronic CVT automatic and Renault’s All-Mode 4×4-i four-wheel drive system.

The system offers three modes to choose from – 2WD, 4WD Auto and 4WD Lock – selectable via a switch located to the right of the steering wheel. In 2WD mode, the Koleos runs in front-wheel drive only to keep fuel consumption down.

In 4WD Auto, the system monitors both longitudinal and lateral acceleration, as well as yaw rates and steering angles to determine the ideal front/rear torque split (from 100:0 to 50:50) to provide the maximise grip and minimise understeer or oversteer.

Lastly, 4WD Lock is best used when traversing more demanding terrain like mud and sand, with the system engaging permanent four-wheel drive at speeds of less than 40 km/h to distribute available torque equally between the front and rear axles (50:50) for maximum stability.

The equipment list, like the engine, is identical between both 4WD and 2WD variants, although the former does receive a hands-free power tailgate (2WD gets a manual tailgate instead).

Standard items include full-LED Pure Vision headlights, 18-inch ‘Argonaute’ alloy wheels, 8.7-inch colour touchscreen, R-Link 2 infotainment system, 7-inch colour TFT instrument display, leather upholstery, powered driver’s seat (with lumbar adjustment), eight-speaker Arkamys sound system and dual-zone automatic climate control (with rear air-con vents).

Safety wise, the Koleos 4WD gets six airbags (dual front, side and curtain), Isofix child seat anchors, ESP, traction control, ABS (with EBD and BA), all-round parking sensors, blind spot warning system, rear view camera and hill start assist. Once again, this is identical to what is fitted on the Koleos 2WD.

As mentioned at the start, the Koleos 4WD has an estimated price of RM201,800, and comes with a five-year/unlimited mileage warranty and complimentary one-year RENCARE Roadside Assistance membership.