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    I am the lucky recipient of a VIP (no less!) invitation to test drive the new Koleos by one of our local Renault dealerships in Brisbane and was told that they were offloading the long awaited new arrivals 'as we speak'. I am looking forward to being impressed by this new offering and will report back on what I find in due course.

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    Update on the new Koleos:
    Apparently previous models variously named Expression, Dynamique and Privileg,
    are now 'LIFE, 'ZEN' and 'INTENS'. Go figure!
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    Seems to be the way with model names to. I guess we'll just have to get used to names like Kadjar, Captur, Qashqai (in Nissan's case) etc
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    Had a close look at the new Koleos and find, as expected, that it is a clone of the X-Trail. Same same. Same shape, same size, same dash, same screen, same steering wheel, same hood etc. The only thing different is the appearance of the grill. Might as well buy the X-Trail then for the better re-sale value.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breitie View Post
    Had a close look at the new Koleos and find, as expected, that it is a clone of the X-Trail. Same same. Same shape, same size, same dash, same screen, same steering wheel, same hood etc. The only thing different is the appearance of the grill. Might as well buy the X-Trail then for the better re-sale value.
    Your enthusiasm for the product is only exceeded by the magnitude of your myopia!

    Unless the images appearing on the Nissan website are incorrect, there is absolutely no similarity between their dashes, steering wheels, consoles, taillights, grille, rear quarter window and many other bits. In the same way that the Mk1 and 2 Koleos were based on the same floor-pan as the earlier X-Trail, that is where the similarity ends.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Breitie View Post
    Had a close look at the new Koleos and find, as expected, that it is a clone of the X-Trail. Same same. Same shape, same size, same dash, same screen, same steering wheel, same hood etc. The only thing different is the appearance of the grill. Might as well buy the X-Trail then for the better re-sale value.
    No offence, but have you had your eyes checked recently?

    Same size (well, they are based on the same platform and compete in the same segment, so that's a given...)

    Same shape (well, it's an SUV wagon, apart from that, I doubt anyone would think they look the same)

    Same dash (NO) same screen (NO) same steering wheel (NO) same hood (NO) etc.

    It's no more similar than the previous Koleos was to it's X-Trail relative. The only difference is that Nissan has made the X-trail less Boxy and more mainstream...

    I would've said the Koleos has hints of Mazda CX-7/CX-9 in it's gently kinked glass house waist line, which - considering that Renault design is now headed by an ex Mazda designer - is probably no coincidence...








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    they even put the steering wheel on the other side to make it different!
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    I got one of these invites too.

    I replied "Yet another bloated pointless kiddie crusher. Yay...."

    I haven't heard back

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haakon View Post
    I got one of these invites too.

    I replied "Yet another bloated pointless kiddie crusher. Yay...."

    I haven't heard back
    I find that hard to believe...I thought you loved SUV's?

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    He does.....
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    I'm just surprised they sent me the invite. Considering all the hassles I've had with that dealer, I'd have thought their systems were at least bright enough to leave me the **** alone!!

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    Ha ha ha ha! Got you going at last, did't I! Anyway, thanks for your feedback and opinions. My observations come from my leisurely and lengthy inspection of both the Koleos and the X-Trail, side by side at a local Nissan/Renault dealer. Sure, if you consider the odd sheet metal nip and tuck 'different', then so be it. By the way, the photos above show the Koleos dash with a 'portrait' format screen - that is not the case on the version I inspected as it has the same small screen as the X-Trail in the lower photo.

    To add fuel to this fire, I venture to add that the New Koleos is the same as the X-Trail is the same as the Hyundai is the same as the Kia is the same as the Honda is the same as the Subaru is the same as the Toyota is the same as the Mazda is the same as the.........! It seem that the very essence that made the Renault 'different' and stand out from the rest of the 'me toos', has been washed out of the design, probably by marketing considerations that demand that: "if you can't beat them, then join them!"

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    I went to the launch here in Sydney and I was very pleased with the car, we have a 2013 Bose ed, and it's chalk an cheese. Nothing like the X trail at all ( the launch was at a Nissian/Renault dealer so I could see both side by side ) the inside is nothing like the Nissan .

    The car drove very well, quite as, well made, perfect gap lines, door closed with a decent clunk, very happy with it. As for the drive ... It was peak hour traffic near the airport so didn't go far, but ride an road holding much much better than ours. Heaps more leg room in the back.

    All in all, great car an looked classy.

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    Interestingly, whilst the X-Trail is available in diesel and petrol, it is only their diesel version that is rated to tow two tonnes (braked), all 2.5l petrol Koleos are rated two tonnes, according to the spec sheets......
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    Typically x-trails have small brake rotors.
    I stand to be corrected, but this may have something to do with the rating.
    Have not done any research on this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrRenaultsport View Post
    I went to the launch here in Sydney and I was very pleased with the car, we have a 2013 Bose ed, and it's chalk an cheese. Nothing like the X trail at all ( the launch was at a Nissian/Renault dealer so I could see both side by side ) the inside is nothing like the Nissan .

    The car drove very well, quite as, well made, perfect gap lines, door closed with a decent clunk, very happy with it. As for the drive ... It was peak hour traffic near the airport so didn't go far, but ride an road holding much much better than ours. Heaps more leg room in the back.

    All in all, great car an looked classy.

    We're getting a Intens ��
    DrRenaultSport, thank you for your very useful and interesting first hand evaluation. I am glad that you liked the new Koleos and I am sure that I would like it too. Not for a second did I suggest anywhere that it is not an excellent SUV. Did you test drive the X-Trail also in order to make a direct comparison? How were the doors and gap lines on the X-Trail in comparison?

    I am being deliberately pedantic here, and still maintain that with the exception of some 'cosmetic' differences, the Koleos and the X-Trail are very similar in most respects and I would find it difficult to choose between the two. By the way, how much is the INTENS 'on the road'?

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