WHAT is the plural of Koleos?

Koleoses? Kolei? 

The question arises because one wonders how many of Renault’s popular SUVs are sold in Italy and Greece, where they might have another name.


Well, Koleos is Latin for balls, or testicles, and in Greek it applies to the female equivalent. 

However, 400 people in Australia will from today be able to buy one of a new limited edition of the vehicle for $36,990 driveaway.

That’s only a grand more than a standard Zen-spec Koleos, but you’ll score goodies worth some $3000.

Oui, Renault has let loose its Koleos Black Edition, so you can add some joie de vivre to these bleak and often wet winter days.

You don’t like black?

D’accord, pas de soucis (that’s ‘no worries’ in the Gallic tongue) because you can get the same set of sexy bits in a grey or white Black Edition.

It’s based on the Zen spec Koleos but adds niceties such as 19-inch dark grey alloy wheels, gloss black roof rails and door mirrors, side steps, paints and distinctive gloss black interior trim.

Like others in the Koleos line-up, the new Black Edition comes standard with Renault’s ADAS (short for advanced driver-assistance systems) which includes Electronic Stability Control,  Advanced Emergency Braking System, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning , Rear View Camera, Blind Spot Warning and parking sensors front and rear.

The Black Edition also includes a 7.0-inch multimedia touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Also, and in addition to the unlimited distance  7-year warranty, you’ll get five years’ capped price servicing (up to 150,000km) and up to five years of roadside assistance. 

But faire vite (be quick) because there are only 400 of the black, grey or white Black Editions.

The ball’s in your court.


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Bill Buys, probably Australia’s longest-serving motoring writer, has been at his craft for more than five decades. Athough motoring has always been in his DNA, he was also night crime reporter, foreign page editor and later chief reporter of the famed Rand Daily Mail. He’s twice been shot at, attacked by a rhinoceros and had several chilling experiences in aircraft. His experience includes stints in traffic law enforcement, motor racing and rallying and writing for a variety of local and international publications. He has covered countless events, ranging from world motor shows and Formula 1 Grands Prix to Targa tarmac and round-the-houses meetings. A motoring tragic, he has owned more than 90 cars. Somewhat of a nostalgic, he has a special interest in classic cars. He is the father of Targa star Robert Buys, who often adds his expertise to Bill’s reviews.
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