New paint and wheels for special SUV

The Renault Koleos Initiale special edition has arrived in Australia this week, priced from $49,490 drive-away.

Sitting above the range-topping Intens variant, the Initiale adds a unique exterior finish named 'Black Amethyst', 19-inch alloy wheels and unique stitching for the leather-upholstered interior.

The additional specification is on top of the Intens variant's already lengthy equipment list, which includes an electric tailgate, Renault's Pure Vision LED headlights, a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate control, an 8.7-inch portrait-style touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite navigation, heated and ventilated front seats, and ambient interior lighting.

Driver assistance technologies like autonomous emergency braking (AEB), blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, and hill-start assist are also included as standard, in addition to front and rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, along with an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.

Under the bonnet is the same 2.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine shared with the wider Koleos range and the related Nissan X-Trail, developing 126kW of power and 226Nm of torque, sent to an on-demand four-wheel drive system via a continuously-variable transmission.

The Koleos has become Renault's best-selling model in Australia, accounting for 29 per cent of the French brand's local sales. It's also the company's best-seller in the Asia-Pacific region.

In 2017, 3120 units found homes in Australia, a 104.7 per cent improvement for the 2016 calendar year. However, the Koleos only held a 1.9 per cent market share in the medium SUV segment, which pales in comparison to its twin-under-the-skin, the X-Trail, with its 18,955 sales and 11.5 per cent market share.

The Renault Koleos Initiale is on sale now.