Most people think Renault is late to the crossover party, but it was actually at the forefront of the boom when it launched the original Koleos in 2008. Unfortunately, that was a completely undistinguished rebadged Samsung that failed to win many buyers. It’s taken until now for the French marque to build the confidence to try again with the new Renault Koleos.
It starts from a strong base, as the Koleos is based on the same platform as the similarly-sized Nissan X-Trail – plus the Renault Espace and Talisman we don’t get in the UK. At 4760mm, it’s one of the longest cars in its class; Renault claims class-leading interior space but there’s no indication if it will be available with seven seats, as the X-Trail is.
There’s a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines, ranging in power from 128bhp to 173bhp. Manual and CVT gearboxes will be available and there’s a choice of front- or all-wheel-drive. It’s highly unlikely a Koleos will ever be taken off-road, but it has approach and departure angles of 19 and 26 degrees respectively and 213mm of ground clearance.
The dashboard is centred around Renault’s R-Link 2 infotainment system, available with 7in landscape or 8.7in portrait screens. Recently launched models like the Espace and Megane show Renault has made big strides in improving material quality, so the Koleos should feel reasonably plush.
UK sales are expected to start early in 2017. Pricing is likely to be in same ballpark as the X-Trail.
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By Only Motors