Typically, Bose sound systems are found in higher-end automobiles. The Renault Koleos stands as a new exception to that convention, however. Because while the Korean-made crossover is a distinctly more budget-oriented proposition than its costlier counterparts, the top-of-the-line model with the Bose sound system is one of the most popular.

In fact a good 30 percent of previous-generation Koleos buyers opted for the Bose Edition – numbers that Renault couldn't ignore ignore. And so – with the new model now hitting dealers across Europe – the French automaker has rolled out a new Bose Edition.

Naturally, the luxed-up crossover comes with a Bose sound system configured specifically for this vehicle's cabin space. But Renault is also packaging it with extra touches like aluminum-finish mirror caps, tinted rear windows, 17-inch alloys and black lacquer trim inside... and, of course, the requisite badging to let everyone know that the driver has a good ear for finer acoustics.

Buyers can choose between all-wheel drive or front, and between automatic or manual six-speed transmissions, coupled to a 150-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo diesel. Follow the jump for the full specs in the press release.
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Koleos takes front stage once again with the release of a new 'Bose® Edition' version

- Early 2012 will see the New Renault Koleos range extended with the introduction of a limited edition Bose® Edition version.

- In addition to a Bose® audio system that has been tailor-engineered to match the properties of Koleos' cabin, the new version will feature specific exterior styling and interior appointments.

- The Bose® Edition version of the Phase 1 Koleos proved extremely successful, accounting for almost 30 percent of the model's sales in 2011 across Europe.

- Prices for New Renault Koleos Bose® Edition start from €29,400 in France. Order books open in January 2012.

Available in some 20 countries worldwide, the initial Bose® Edition limited edition version of the model accounted for almost 30 percent of Phase 1 Koleos' sales across Europe in 2011. This popularity did not only concern Koleos, however, since Mégane and Laguna have both also benefited from the innovative partnership Renault enjoys with Bose®.

To build on this success, this limited edition has been carried over to New Renault Koleos and is poised to appear in Renault's French showrooms next March. Its return is seen as an opportunity to pursue the positive dynamic which followed the launch of New Koleos in September.

New Renault Koleos Bose® Edition is positioned as an attractive core-range version, which combines the refined listening pleasure delivered by Bose® Premium sound, with modern, distinctive styling. Based on the Carminat equipment level, it is powered by the reliable and highly efficient 2.0 dCi 150 engine which can be mated to one of three types of transmission: six-speed manual/front-wheel drive, six-speed manual/4x4 or six-speed automatic/4x4.

Koleos Bose® Edition's appeal has been further enhanced thanks to the incorporation of a number of specific styling details, including:
- aluminium-coloured door mirror housings,
- extra-tinted rear glass,
- coloured 17-inch alloy wheels,
- and Black Lacquer interior trim details, plus mixed black fabric upholstery.

VERSION dCi 150 (six-speed manual) dCi 150 (six-speed auto)
TRANSMISSION 4x2 4x4
TAX-PAID PRICE (IN FRANCE) 29,4 30,9 32,4


Limited edition Koleos Bose® Edition = Carminat equipment level, plus:
(for a description of the Carminat equipment level, see the 'French Range' press release dated July 5, 2011)

Exterior styling
- "Bose" side badging
- Aluminium-coloured door mirror housings
- Extra-tinted rear glass

Equipment
- Bose® Sound System with seven loudspeakers and woofer, CD player with MP3 playback
- Plug&Music digital connectivity (USB + jack)

Interior styling
- 60/40-split rear bench seat without "Easy Estate" system
- "Bose"-badged aluminium sills
- Specific Black Lacquer interior trim details
- Mixed black fabric upholstery with visible grey stitching

Chief options available for the limited edition Koleos Bose® Edition
- 18-inch "Australe" aluminium alloy wheels: €500
- European mapping for Carminat TomTom navigation: €120

Available body colours
Glacier White / Perle White / Mars Grey / Minéral Beige / Metallic Black

Bose® Sound system: tailor-engineered sound

Since 2007, Renault has chosen Bose® for the design of its high-end in-car audio systems with a view to providing a listening experience which is exactly how the original artists would have wanted their work to sound. Bose® audio systems are tailor-engineered for the cabin of each model and deliver a standard of precision and realism that is close to a live performance.

To deliver this quality of sound inside Koleos, Bose's engineers started from a clean sheet. Their work entailed more than a thousand acoustic readings inside the cabin. Engineers from Bose and Renault then worked closely together to optimise the system's integration inside the cabin of Koleos as a function of its forms and the materials employed. The number, type and position of the loudspeakers were carefully selected, while the digital processors and signal equalisers were painstakingly tuned to produce a rich, natural, Bose®-quality sound that is perfectly balanced for all occupants, whatever the volume.


About Bose®

Bose Corporation was founded in 1964 by Amar G. Bose, a professor in electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As one of the world's leading manufacturers and developers of audio technologies, Bose places the emphasis on research and is behind many inventions designed to improve the performance of loudspeakers, home entertainment systems, in-car audio systems, noise cancelling headphones, public address systems and amplifiers for musicians, as well as equipment testing and instrument solidity simulations for the biomedical industry.

In addition to its headquarters near Boston, Bose Automotive Systems assists its customers through subsidiaries in Bloomfield Hills (Michigan), Brentwood (Tennessee), Esslingen (Germany), Saint Germain en Laye (France), Shanghai (China), Tokyo (Japan) and Hiroshima (Japan).


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      Gravitron Ex
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yeah, there's a lot of trash talk surrounding Bose these days. I'll admit that they aren't 'reference-grade' speakers - I wouldn't use anything from Bose to monitor tracks in a Studio, for example - but that's not the point of car audio. Bose speakers are meant to give you an good sounding system in your car, and I think they do that just fine. The base system in BMWs, on the other hand, now that's something to complain about...
        Polly Prissy Pants
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Gravitron Ex
        The most expensive car I ever bought was a new 5 Series and it had the worst sound system of any by far. A Kraco and a pair of $19.99 4x6 single cones would have sounded better. It was so bad I occasionally wondered if Germans were tone deaf or if they intentionally went out of their way to make it sound horrible.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        aatbloke1967
        • 2 Years Ago
        The Koleos first appeared as a concept six years ago, and went into production a year later. At the time, it used Renault's distinctive Megane-style nose, and not the more generic facia you see here. Plus, in person the Koleos looks nothing like the Sportage/Tucson - it's longer and wider.
      omgcool
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cue the Bose haters who hate Bose because "audiophilia" told them to.
        cashsixeight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @omgcool
        There's a reason people hate Bose. I am mixed, personally. I consider myself a "realistic" audiophile, ie, I'm not into special cables, but I am into numbers and flat out science. And bose home theater systems really do use cheap (under $5) paper woofers in little cubes, and they really do eliminate a whole range of frequencies completely (the satellites low end is something like 2khz, while the sub goes up to 1khz, so there's 1khz of frequencies that just never get played. Ever.) In a car though, I think bose is fine. I have a bose system in my Audi and I dig it. It's louder, deeper, and more powerful than a standard stereo. Is it as good as an aftermarket system? Nope. But it's better than normal.
        th0mb0ne
        • 2 Years Ago
        @omgcool
        People hate Bose not because it sucks, but because it sucks for the price. They are the Monster cables of the audio world.
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        omgcool
        • 2 Years Ago
        @omgcool
        I'm not saying that I'm a Bose guy. I'm far partial to Martin Logan electrostatics. However, I have extensive experience with Bose, and all scientific charting aside, they have for the most part been pleasant to listen to. I don't let graphs tell me what I like. I listen with my unbiased ear, and the sound that caters best to my taste wins my approval and respect. I actually just got done restoring a pair of Bose 601 Series II tower speakers, and they are currently my favorite tower speakers (for music), over midgrade to high-end Klipsch, Polk, JBL, and even $2k/sp Paradigms that I've heard recently. From a 20+ year old speaker no less. I've yet to hear anything that compares to Martin Logans though. B&W was the biggest let-down for me.
      Kevin W
      • 2 Years Ago
      The best factory speakers I ever heard were in the 2004 Golf I had. It wasn't the monsoon system, just the base level stuff. But the mids and highs were crystal clear. Unfortunately their quality wasn't brought out until I replaced the woeful factory HU with a Blaupunkt deck. No system can sound better than the weakest link in the chain. My Accord's "premium" speakers actually are pretty good, once I bypassed the factory amp and now power them with an Alpine. I had 2 Mazda cars with bose, and the sound was just horribly muddy. In both cases I kept the factory deck and replaced the amps and speakers, and it made a world of difference. People buy familiar brand names. Do kids know or care that Beats headphones are made by Monster Cable, a company notorious for selling grossly overpriced products with snazzy packaging? Of course not, but they will shell out hundreds of dollars for cans not even worth a fifth of the retail cost, and not bat an eye doing so. Now we have Ludacris headphones and Quincy Jones headphones. Marketing and branding trumps all.
        th0mb0ne
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kevin W
        That's pretty funny Kevin, I had that generation Golf as well and remember the sound to be simply fantastic (but yes, I took had to replace the head unit). I've still yet to have a car with something that good. The worst sounds system Ive experience is in my current Cayman. Just absolutely dreadfully....and the "upgraded" Bose system meerly brings it up to semi competent. I guess the saving grace is that with the engine behind your ears, you really don't need a stereo to be entertained.
      FoxJ30
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'll take the flak (go ahead and downrate this comment), but I have yet to hear a Bose system worth remembering. My parents have one in their Infiniti, and it was boomy, unbalanced, and voices took on a very 'chesty' quality. The boominess didn't translate into extended lows, either - the JBL system in my parents' Avalon went deeper. Neither system could be completely corrected with the EQ knobs - three band EQ? Really? On a side note: I would be interested in seeing more audio companies take a stab at the car market - not just Bose, Sony (Ford), or JBL (Toyota). Klipsch, PSB, Mirage, Definitive all play in the same home theater market segment, and many people would recognize those names on speakers, head units, or amplifiers. For example, if Cadillac would use Paradigm just as Jag uses B&W, that would be a unique feature for me. I know Dynaudio put together systems in VWs before, but sadly, VW doesn't know how to build a door card that doesn't rattle as soon as you turn the sound up (former GTI owner here).
        Kevin W
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FoxJ30
        Dynaudio doesn't have the name recognition, at least not in the US. Now VW has Fender systems, and Fender is a name the GTI target demographic will instantly recognize... even if it is built by Panasonic. Of course they would never advertise it as a Panasonic system. Same components, different name, nobody would want it.
        xyvyx
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FoxJ30
        Lexus offered some Mark Levinson options in their LS or GS models... forgot which. That's a pretty top-notch brand for any audiophile & they did indeed sound pretty darn good. I don't know where the speakers came from, but somewhere in the Harmon/JBL/Revel family I suppose... Oh, the stock "subwoofers" in my Z4 were small but quite substantial. FWIW, made by Carver, they had larger magnets than any JL's or Kickers of comparable size!
          FoxJ30
          • 2 Years Ago
          @xyvyx
          I haven't had the opportunity to try out the Mark Levinsons, I'm afraid, though I've heard that they're not bad from other sources as well. Probably helps that most Lexuses are very quiet, too. There are some OEM upgrade systems I'd love to try: - Aston Martin's Linn system (discontinued, replaced by B&O for the marketing) - Subaru's McIntosh amplified system (discontinued) - Jag's B&W - Rolls Royce's Naim Audio I didn't realize Carver did subs (thought they were more on the amp side of things). Though you mentioned JL - one (or two) of their home theater subs would be a grail of mine if I were to move into a single family house...
      jolz24
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bose is found in any number of Mazda, last time i checked Mazda wasn't a conveyor of high class buttocks
      Jerry
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice Saturn VUE. Wondered what they were going to do with all the tooling down in Spring Hill.
      • 2 Years Ago
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