Renault makes new Koleos sound sweeter with top-spec Bose edition

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)
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

- 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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