Last year Koleos became Renault’s best selling model, accounting for almost one in three sales.

The stylish and spacious five-seat SUV has received a further lift with the launch of a new special edition.

Priced at $49,490 drive away, the Koleos Initiale sits above the Intens petrol model, with a 2.5-litre petrol engine that delivers 126kW of power and 226Nm of torque, and is hooked up to a CVT style auto.

The eye-catching Initiale stands out with its 19 inch alloys and an exclusive metallic Black Amethyst finish.

It also features Renault’s Pure Vision LED headlights, an automatic power tailgate and bold chrome grille.

Inside the Initiale adds distinct stitching for the leather upholstery.

Initiale comes standard with Renault’s Advanced Driver Assist System (ADAS) featuring: Advanced Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Hill Start Assist.

Further safety features include a reverse camera, front and rear parking sensors and an auto-dimming rear view mirror.

There’s also a panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats, auto lights and wipers, dual-zone climate air, customisable ambient interior lighting and a unique 8.7 inch, vertically mounted touch screen with Renault’s R-LINK2 multimedia system that includes satellite navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, plus Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free connectivity.

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.