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Renault previews facelifted Koleos SUV

The Koleos gains a new front end and a touch screen-based infotainment system.

Renault has traveled to the sixth annual International Buenos Aires Motor Show in Argentina to unveil the facelifted Koleos, an upmarket SUV that was introduced in 2008. Built in South Korea by Samsung Motors, the Koleos has posted disappointing sales figures in Europe but it is fairly popular in global markets.

The redesigned Koleos gains a new front end that consists of a three-slat grille with a tall, upright Renault emblem in the center. The changes carried out to the back end are more discreet and mostly limited to redesigned tail lamps and new trim pieces. Additional exterior colors and several new wheel designs round out the aesthetic changes.

Inside, the Koleos gains a seven-inch touch screen that runs Renault's new R-Link infotainment system. R-Link incorporates the SUV's navigation, entertainment and connectivity functions into a single bundle that lets users make hands-free calls, stream music, download applications and much more. A rear-view camera, hill-start assist and a Blind Spot Warning system all come standard.

The Koleos's engine offering carries on unchanged. Buyers can choose between a wide array of gasoline- and diesel-burning four-cylinder engines, two- and four-wheel drive variants and automatic and manual gearboxes.

The redesigned Koleos will go on sale in select European countries before the end of the summer. Renault has not indicated that it plans on bringing the model back to the United Kingdom.

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