2017 Renault Koleos SUV revealed
Renault has revealed the Koleos, its new large SUV, at the Beijing motor show.
The Koleos is built on the CMF C/D platform, which is shared with the similarly sized and priced Nissan X-Trail, as well as larger Renault-Nissan models, including Renault’s Espace, Talisman, Kadjar, and the Nissan Qashqai.
Available engines are two petrol and two diesel engines, with power outputs ranging between 128bhp and 173bhp. These will be available with either a six-speed manual or Renault-Nissan’s X-Tronic CVT ‘box.
Unlike with the Mégane, Renault will not be offering a hybrid model Koleos further down the line.
Both front and all-wheel drive Koleos models are available, with the latter offering switchable FWD and AWD modes, as well as full-time AWD for low-speed, low-grip conditions. Renault claims approach and departure angles of 19 and 26 degrees respectively and a ground clearance of 213mm.
The Koleos will be one of the longest SUVs in its class at 4670mm – 221mm longer than the Kadjar. Renault claims ‘record-breaking interior space’, as well as rear knee room of 289mm.
In the cabin, Renault’s R-Link 2 infotainment system is available in 7-in landscape or 8.7in portrait setups, while the dials are replaced by a standard-fit touchscreen displaying driving data. Bluetooth and USB connectivity are included as standard, and voice recognition also features.
Renault claims a widespread use of premium and soft-touch materials in the cockpit of the Koleos. As featured on the Megane, optional, personalisable interior mood lighting is also scattered around the interior. A panoramic sunroof over the front and rear seats will be available, however Renault couldn’t confirm whether it would be standard-fit or an optional extra.
Optional extras include a heated steering wheel and windscreen, electronic seat adjustment, heated and ventilated front and heated second row seats, reversing camera and all-round parking sensors, remote starting, and a Bose speaker system.
The full list of options, as well as the standard kit on UK cars, is yet to be confirmed. However, we do know that a wide range of driver aids will be available, including AEB, lane departure, traffic sign recognition, blind spot and safe distance warnings, tiredness detection, and easy park assist, either as standard or as options.
The new Koleos will be built in the existing Koleos plant in Busan, South Korea, for all markets except China. Chinese-market Koleos models will be built in Renault’s Wuhan plant in China.
The Koleos will be sold in 80 markets around the world, starting later this year in China and most international markets, before arriving in Europe and Russia in early 2017.
Based on the Kadjar’s similarity in price to the Nissan Qashqai, we expect the Koleos to follow suit with Nissan X-Trail pricing. Therefore a starting price of around £23,000 is likely.
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