Renault has unveiled its new large SUV, the Koleos, at the Beijing Motor Show. The new model will help Renault compete in the ever-expanding SUV market against the likes of the Nissan X-Trail, Ford Kuga and Kia Sorento.
The biggest model in Renault’s UK lineup, the Koleos will be powered by a selection of petrol and diesel engines, and boast the advanced safety features we’ve come to expect from the French manufacturer. If you can’t wait for the Koleos, put its platform mate, the Nissan X-Trail, in our car configurator to see the deals carwow could help you get.
New Renault Koleos styling
The Koleos translates Renault’s latest design language onto a much larger, chunkier SUV. At the front, C-shaped headlights are similar to those of the new Megane, while a bold grille features a prominent Renault logo and chrome detailing. More expensive variants will be available with full-LED headlights which, Renault says, are 20 per cent brighter than standard halogen units.
The sides have sculpted doors with swollen wheel arches and echo those of the smaller Kadjar. At the rear, the slim tail lights almost stretch the width of the bootlid, separated only by the Renault badge.
The model shares a platform with the Nissan X-Trail so, as a result, the pair are very similarly sized. The Koleos measures 4,670mm long with a wheelbase of 2,710mm – 30mm and 5mm greater than the Nissan respectively.
New Renault Koleos interior
The Koleos’ cabin has taken inspiration from both the Talisman – an executive saloon not sold in the UK – and the latest Megane, most obviously the upright dash, dominated by a large portrait infotainment screen. Known as R-Link 2, it measures either seven or 8.7 inches, depending on spec. Elsewhere, cool mood lighting, an abundance of leather and an airy panoramic sunroof helps the Koleos feel expensive compared to rivals.
Though we expect a seven-seat Koleos to be offered, only a five-seat variant has been confirmed so far. In this layout, Renault claims a class-leading knee room figure for back seat passengers of 289mm. The boot measures a generous 624 litres and there’s an extra 35 litres dotted elsewhere in storage bins throughout the cabin.
Renault Koleos driving and engines
Like its X-Trail sister, the Koleos will be offered with a three-mode four-wheel-drive system. Drivers can choose from front-wheel drive, four-wheel drive auto where the car selects the most suitable setting depending on conditions and four-wheel drive lock which selects permanent four-wheel drive for off-roading. Basic models will send power to the front wheels only. Thanks to its 213mm ground clearance, Renault claims that the Koleos will be able to cope off-road as well as on it. Gearbox choices will be either a six-speed manual or Renault’s new twin-clutch automatic.
The Koleos will launch with a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines, with power outputs ranging from 128hp to 173hp. Though exact specs are to be confirmed, that lower figure suggest the entry point will be the 1.6-litre turbodiesel found throughout the current Renault range. It will likely be joined by a 160hp twin-turbocharged 1.6 currently used in the Talisman. Meanwhile, the petrol versions are also set to be 1.6-litre turbos.
Renault Koleos prices
Given the Koleos shares plenty in common with the Nissan X-Trail, we expect the Renault to be priced similarly to the Nissan’s £21,995 entry level price. Equipment levels look set to be generous, with safety features including active emergency braking, lane monitoring, blind spot warning systems, tiredness detection and traffic sign recognition all available.
Renault Koleos release date
An exact date is to be confirmed for the release of the Koleos, but it’s due to hit UK showrooms in early 2017.
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Renault Koleos latest news (updated April 2016)
Renault has released an official image of its new Koleos seven-seater SUV ahead of a public launch at the 2016 Bejing Motor Show. No further information has been released, however, but read on for everything we know so far.
Many design elements of the new Koleos appear to be inspired by the rest of the Renault range – the distinctive ‘C’ shaped headlights also feature on the new Megane hatchback while the overall proportions look similar to a scaled-up Kadjar SUV. Renault hasn’t yet published any images of the new car’s interior but it has stated it will boast ‘record room for passengers’.
When this new car goes on sale in early 2017 we expect it to be priced to compete with the likes of the new Skoda Kodiaq. No official details have been confirmed regarding what engines the new car will come with, but we expect Renault to offer the same 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol and diesel units as the Nissan X-Trail – a similarly large SUV that shares its underpinnings with the new Koleos.
Renault seven-seat SUV will be called the Koleos (updated 21 April 2016)
Reports suggest Renault’s new flagship SUV – due to be launched at the 2016 Bejing Motor Show – could be called the Koleos. Read on for all the details we know so far about this Nissan X-Trail-based SUV.
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Previous spy shots have suggested the new SUV’s front bumper will boast the same C-shaped headlight design as the new Megane hatchback – Renault itself has since confirmed these units will feature LED headlight technology and daytime running lights. The picture above – part of a promotional video for the new car – is the only official image currently available of the new Koleos but the distinctive headlight design can be made out fairly clearly.
This new SUV will be based on the same platform as the Nissan X-Trail but could lose the CVT automatic gearbox in favour of Renault’s own dual-clutch automatic, similar to the one fitted to the new top-spec Kadjar Signature S Nav.
The Koleos SUV has reportedly been developed predominantly with Chinese customers in mind so is expected to make its global debut at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show in April. Cars built for this market are expected to be offered with just five seats, while a European version with a more practical seven-seat layout will be launched at a later date.
We expect a production ready version of the seven-seat Koleos to be shown to the public for the first time at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in October. We’ll have to wait until 2017, however, for the French brand’s new flagship SUV to go on sale in the UK.
Renault seven-seat SUV (updated 19 April 2016)
Details so far are quite sparse, but we’ve speculated about what could power it and our exclusive image shows how it might look.
Considering Renault and Nissan share an alliance, we expect the new Renault seven-seater to use the same platform as the Nissan X-Trail, so it should be roughly the same size. The Renault is likely to try to offer a more upmarket appearance, though – expect hints of the new Kadjar combined with the Espace concept unveiled last year. The Espace combined SUV detailing (such as chunky alloy wheels and tall ride height) with a sleeker MPV-inspired body.
We expect the production seven-seat SUV to have a more off-road-inspired look to align the car with buyers’ tastes. The prominent Renault badge, grille shape and sleek lights are likely to be heavily inspired by the concept.
Inside, Renault will likely fit a modern, clean cabin which will be completely different from the X-Trail’s. We expect a swooping dash featuring a large touchscreen to allow for an uncluttered appearance, and a panoramic sunroof should help to make the cabin feel light and airy for all seven passengers.
The Nissan X-Trail uses a 130hp 1.6-litre diesel, so expect the same unit to feature here. Renault might choose to squeeze in a more powerful unit too, in order to compete with the 2.2-litre Kia Sorento. Depending on engine and spec, either two or four-wheel drive will be available.
Renault has taken aim at some of the most popular seven-seat SUVs on the market. The Kia Sorento and the Hyundai Santa Fe are the current pace-setters, but Skoda and SEAT will soon enter the market with their own creation, too.
Renault seven-seat SUV prices and release date
Although sharing much underneath, we expect the Renault to cost more than the Nissan X-Trail so the two don’t directly compete with each other. We could see a concept before the end of the year and it should be on the roads in 2016.