Renault has revealed the all-new Koleos SUV ahead of its official debut at next week’s Beijing Motor Show.
Renault’s flagship Koleos SUV has been around for a few years and let’s be honest, it never really sold well, both locally and abroad. Renault has however breathed new life into the Koleos and an all-new model will be shown at the Beijing Motor Show next week. This is no coincidence either, as China is a key market for the new Koleos and it will be built there too. China will also receive the model first before it’s rolled out into international markets.
The Koleos faces stiff competition from competitors such as the Honda CR-V, Ford Kuga, Volkswagen Tiguan and Toyota’s RAV4. Sporting a new look, the new Koleos may just rise from the ashes after all. Renault South Africa has stated that the Koleos replacement is under consideration for local introduction in 2017.
New Koleos details
The new Koleos borrows it’s styling cues from the smaller Kadjar crossover SUV (which was recently introduced in South Africa) and the Talisman mid-size sedan. The new model shares its underpinnings with the Nissan X-Trail as part of the Renault-Nissan alliance and is built on the Common Module Family (CMF) platform.
It was originally reported that the new Koleos would be a seven-seater, much like the Nissan X-Trail on which it’s based, but Renault has instead opted to develop the Koleos as a 5-seater SUV. It shares its wheelbase with the X-Trail (2 705 mm) but is slightly longer and wider. Without a third row of seats, the Koleos is expected to offer impressive levels of luggage space.
South African engine offerings for the new Koleos have yet to be confirmed, but the new model will be offered in both front- and rear-wheel drive guises.
More details will be revealed when the new Koleos is officially revealed next week; we will provide you with further details as they become available.