Australian customers won’t have long to wait either, with the new Koleos set to go in sale in the third quarter of 2016 - ahead of the Koleos’ European home-market release.
The new Koleos adopts Renault’s latest corporate face, with large hooked LED running lights and headlights bracketing the slatted grille.
A new feature-line runs from the top of the headlights, intersecting the guards and meeting a faux-vent in the front door, while the flared guards reach deep into the front and rear doors, with deeply sculpted sills completing the Koleos’ more rugged look.
While the Chinese-market Koleos on show at Beijing offers a five-seat interior, it’s likely that international versions will get a seven-seat option.
Renault touts class-leading interior space in its new SUV, which stretches well beyond the dimensions of the current model, although the wheelbase has only grown by 20mm, overall length is 150mm larger.
Other interior features include adaptable LED ambient lighting, a 7-inch or 8.7-inch touchscreen R-Link 2 infotainment tablet, 7-inch TFT instrument cluster, hands-free powered tailgate, heated steering wheel, and remote start - available depending on market and specification.
The new Koleos is based in the Renault Nissan Alliance CMF-C/D platform, the same as found under the Nissan X-Trail and Renault’s mid-size Talisman. A range of two petrol and two diesel engines will be offered with outputs from 96kW to 127kW.
Both front and all-wheel-drive models will be offered, with either a six-speed manual, or X-Tronic CVT automatic available.
Renault-Samsung’s Busan factory in South Korea will continue to build the new model when it comes online. TMR will have more information about price and specifications for the new Koleos as it becomes available.
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